My own sense of Summer isn't tied to the calendar. Rather, there are several markers I look for and when enough of them have occurred, the weekends feel like I'm on Summer Vacation.
The heat is a big one. And we haven't had much of that so far this year.
But Saturday, thanks to Jen, I drove out to Richmond for a fun race in the heat. I'd registered for the 10K, but when I hit the end of the first lap I needed a restroom break. So, I dropped down to the 5K, finished early, and waited for Jess or Kate (who were doing the 6 hour endurance challenge) to come through so I could accompany them on their next loop.
This meant I got to see Jen finish the 10K. She ran hard, and I thought she was 3rd woman overall, but I must have missed one, as she ended up 4th. She did, however, take first in her age group. Actually, my time wasn't official since I changed races, but according to my Garmin, I ended up 2nd in my age group in the 5K, which was pretty cool. Plus I got to do the second loop of my non-standard 10K with Jess, and I was next to her when she yelled, "Hey Kate. 26.3 miles!" Just another day, another marathon, for Jess and Kate.
|Check out that age group medal!|
Back to Summer. Other things that pique my Summer Sense?
Eating collections of random deliciousness outside and calling it dinner.
|Why yes that is leftover veggie burrito, cheese, olive bread and tomatoes for dinner.|
Late night sunsets.
|View from our backyard.|
The Farmer's Market bounty.
And yes, it's not healthy, but it's true: that first sunburn of the year. Thanks to the Dirty Dozen running event on Saturday, I have slightly tight skin and my body knows its Summer.
Happy Summer All!