It may be (officially) summer, but I'm happily drinking my hot beverage of choice, on the daily.
Although I'm still not on the coffee-drinking bandwagon, all is still well and good in my life. The chai latte's suit me just fine, and I'm done with the "real" coffee FOMO....but I still am in love with the rich aroma of the stuff. In short, I'm enjoying the best of both worlds. Rest assured, I don't feel any less of a runner for my lack of morning coffee.
Alas, it's time for the monthly Ultimate Coffee Date, and I have my chai latte' in hand...shall we get this party started?
Allow me to begin...
This past week, on June 29th, Voldy celebrated his fourth birthday. As most know, Voldy (short for Voldemort) is the 6-inch scar on my right knee...a reminder of that misdiagnosed staph infection that we caught just in time. Emergency surgery, a few weeks of at-home IV infusions, and a 3-month sabbatical (from all things running) was my reality during the summer of 2017. Amazingly, I actually came back stronger from the experience and full of gratitude.
The recent humidity has been rather extreme (and I do say so myself LOL). My-oh-my has it been balmy! I recently had the revelation, though, that I don't really mind or notice the humidity ((much)) while in motion. But as soon as I stop, the sweat flows like a geyser erupting. That said, I will gladly (and I do mean that sincerely) take the heat and humidity of summer over the freezing cold of winter...but a lower dew point would be appreciated, once in awhile at the very least. Just saying.
|glistening and glowing to the max
Many years ago (like, in 1994), I was gifted a dieffenbachia from my grandmother when she was downsizing. This houseplant was one she'd had for many years. I've repotted it a few times, and have cut the stalks down (as a means of rejuvenating its growth). A few months ago, I decided to cut the stalks again because it was looking rather lanky. Holy growth spurt, Batman! Within a month or so, I noticed a new shoot coming up through the soil, near the base of one of the stumps. Not much later, there were two additional shoots emerging. A fourth one appeared as well, a few weeks after that. Ironically, the stumps remain in a disarray...but these four new shoots are in a perfect line, kind of in the middle of all the chaos. The four cuttings are doing well, too, and are getting more leaves. It's amazing what happens when you "cut back" in hopes of growing...kind of a metaphor for running and training.
|the four new babies
|the four cuttings
I have continued to play with videos on social media. I'm still not a fan of the Reels (on Instagram). While some are more interesting than others, I still prefer live voices (with interaction) over loud music (that often has very minimal engagement). I'm testing out a series of #TalkToMeTuesday videos, where I do a short "talk" about running and fitness-related topics. Maybe someday I will drink the Kool-Aid and make some real Reels, but for now these videos are more my thing. They're getting numerous "views," and I've received some decent feedback. Stay tuned.
Finally, here are my stats for June. Is it obvious I've been doing just a little bit of biking? I've gotten SO MUCH encouragement and support for my nontraditional marathon training plan of action (incorporating biking as a key part of the program). Even though this is my 10th hurrah prepping for 26.2 miles, I think this rodeo has me the most excited.
Anyways, that's the latest and greatest of what I'm bringing to the "coffee" table this month. I don't know about you, but I'm having a really hard wrapping my head around the fact that 2021 is half over. Time flies, so I'm doing all I can to get outside and enjoy as much of the summer scene as possible.
Your turn...if we were having coffee, what would you share? Was June a good month for you? Any big races coming up? Have you been enjoying an unusually more-humid-than-typical summer, too?