I love a good rain

I have a love/hate relationship with summer.  I mean, I love warm weather, I really do, but warm and hell fire are two different things, entirely.  Also, the feels like temps have been in the triple digits for a few weeks now and shit, the humidity and dew points are both in the mid 70’s so even leaving the house at 6AM to go running, the feels like temperature is over 85.  On a good day.

running in florida

On Monday it was pouring rain and I welcomed the opportunity to run in it.  Not only does it make me feel all kinds of bad ass but it’s also cooler. WINNING!  When I finished my 5 miles, I was soaking wet but I didn’t care, not one bit.  If you’ve never gone running in the pouring rain, you need to do it.  And I don’t mean a little drizzle, I mean pouring so hard you can barely see in front of you. It frees your soul!

A word of caution though, if you’re like me and you live to jump in every puddle you see, make sure you have another pair of running shoes available just in case the ones your wearing aren’t dry by the next day.  Based on our current forecast and my propensity for jumping in all the puddles, mine will be wet for days.  Fortunately, I’ve got 10 or 11 backups just in case.

An accurate representation of what it’s like to run in Florida in the summer.

Running in the rain

And don’t forget, if the rain doesn’t cool us down, eventually we may get some nice wind, it IS also hurricane season you know.

Do you like to run in the rain?

What about puddles?  Are you a jumper or a go around them kind of person?

A scientific running experiment

Because I wasn’t feeling very well last week and mostly because it’s ridiculously hot here, I’ve been mixing my running in with some power walking.  I am still averaging 5-6 miles a day, it’s just not all running and I’m okay with that.

I run mostly in Kapok park which is close to my house.  I usually walk or run about a mile or two before I get to the park and then run around the park for 3 or 4 more miles.  I see a lot of the same people every day and I always say hello or good morning.

Good Morning

I’ve mentioned it before but since it really irks me, I decided to conduct my own little experiment which I started on Sunday.  In this experiment I continue my normal routine and say hello to everyone that I pass and determine just how many I pass in total and how many of them actually say hello back.  In all fairness, I’m a super happy person in the morning and I realize that some people do not feel the same.

I conducted my experiment over three days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  In that time, I covered a total of 16 and a half miles and I passed 41 people.  Of the 41 people that I passed the total amount of the people who actually waved or said hello was exactly, TWO!  Or possibly three if you count the grunt that I got from one girl but I can’t be sure because it sounded sort of like a snarl.

Now the interesting thing is that both of the people who said hello back to me were older.  None of the younger people, and by younger, I mean mid-twenties to forties, none of them said anything.  In fact, most of them didn’t even bother to look at me.  I mean, how hard is it to just nod? I see you every single day.  I reasoned with myself that maybe they’re running so hard they can’t even manage to speak but then I’m out there running with a lung disease for Christ’s sake and I still say hello!

In order to get the most scientific results I’ll need to continue my testing.  I think I need to try some new trails and I’ll have to run in all seasons as well to make sure I get the most accurate data.  I think I’m up for the task.

What are the people like where you run?  Are they nice?  Do they speak to you? 

So tired….

I ran or walked every day last week and then Sunday came and I just decided to sleep in.  And even though I slept in I still managed to take a nap that afternoon.  And even after taking a nap in the afternoon I went to bed early.  I’m still tired.

Literally ever time I felt the slightest bit of energy yesterday, it lasted a second, and then disappeared.

This is an accurate representation of me yesterday..

so tired

I did do some lawn work yesterday so it wasn’t totally a loss and on Saturday, MacGyver and I went to some estate sales and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby.  Did you know that they have Halloween and Christmas items in stock and on the shelves already?  I’m not kidding.  I mean, it’s June people, JUNE!  What the hell?

you must be kidding

Oh and also, it’s over 90 degrees outside so it’s hard to even fathom that Fall is only 4 months away so quit already you silly retail establishments.  Besides, I haven’t even taken a summer vacation yet!

And seriously, I would love to start today and begin by taking another nap.

How was your weekend?