Yeah Summer! It’s really here this week – my car read 100 degrees yesterday! I won’t complain though, I’ll take this over the freezing cold that hung on for way to long this winter.
So along with summer comes a bevy of new activities to occupy my time. Thanks to the DC Trifecta, Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia, I can divulge all those things in this weeks Friday Five. These aren’t specific activities necessarily, but definitely things I’m looking forward to this summer.
Pool days and Pedicures – I finally joined a pool last year that was fairly cheap. I missed their early bird deadline this year and couldn’t stomach paying what they wanted me to pay with the complete lack of amenities they had. It was a pool at an apartment complex, it was nice and big, but no snack bar, snack machines, etc. I put that money towards a larger pool this summer. It has 3 pools, a splash pad, playgrounds, etc. Just lovely. Summer time also means pedicures are a necessity. Gotta keep those piggies lookin’ good!
Being outdoors in general – just being able to go outside for extended periods! I can take Charlotte to ride her bike, we can go to the pool, zoo, etc. It was so hard being stuck in the house when it was so cold outside. She would get so bored and I would get so bored – and she’s three, she needs to burn off that three year old energy.
Summer Fruits – I love the summer fruits that are in season. Peaches, watermelon, strawberries, all berries… Smoothies never tasted so good! I’m planning to do some strawberry picking at some point this summer. I think Charlotte will love it.
Sweaty Runs – I know my face doesn’t look like it in this picture, but I do love a good sweat. It makes things a little tougher, but it’s so much easier to get outside for a summertime run than winter. The sun rises at about 5:30, so it’s not dark when I go out. It’s not freezing cold so I don’t need a million layers. I can just get up and go! And a good sweat sesh in the morning makes me feel great the rest of the day. Check out that glistening forehead!
And my most favorite of all? HALF MARATHON TRAINING!!
I trained this winter for my spring half all on my lonesome, so this summer I signed up to train with the Charm City Run Half group again. Our coach from last summer is returning and so is one of my running friends from last year. I’m really excited to do it again and do it better than last year (knowing what I know now). It starts in July and we meet twice a week, once for a track workout and on the weekends for long runs. It’s much more fun training with other people.
What are you looking forward to this summer? Ever been strawberry picking? Have any good strawberry recipes to share?