Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hello Tennessee!!!

This past weekend I was in Memphis, Tennessee visiting my big brother and his family, including my newborn baby nephew!!  I'm so excited that I have to share a picture.  Here he is all curled up in his bouncer sleeping like a little angel :)
So anyways, I had never been to Memphis and it was fun, beautiful, and very HOT!  Hot and HUMID!!   By that I mean 97 degrees + humidity = 110 heat index of heavy and wet air.
One morning I woke up early in an attempt to beat the humidity and go for a run.  I left the house around 8:00 am and it was already 84 degrees and humid (but not incredibly humid yet).  I warmed up for about 10 minutes and then took up a slow easy pace and just cruised.  The air was heavy and wet, but I was so enthralled by my surroundings that time just ticked away.  The streets were so peaceful and anyone who was outside stopped what they were doing to say hello; whether it was picking up after their dog, mowing the lawn, or washing their car, they made sure to say hi and wave.
The streets were lined with mailboxes.  I'm not talking about the mail slots built into homes, but the actual stand-alone, on-the-street, mail box.  There wasn't one house without one.  I loved it!
Another thing I noticed was that almost every street ended in "hill."  Ash Hill, Autumn Hill, Summer Hill, Maple hill, etc.
I think I ran for about 40 minutes until I was soaking with sweat.  Hello humidity!  I stopped at the nearby park and did some core work and hip strengthening exercises for my IT band.  One thing that Tennessee has a lot of is bugs.  While I was stretching in the park surrounded by trees, there was a gentle hum all around me.  It sounded like rain or something.  It was the bugs in the trees!  I took a video to capture the sound.  It was cool, but kind of gross (I am not a fan of insects).

It felt great to get out and go for a run, albeit a short one.
Anyways, I had a fabulous weekend with my family!  And on the running front, tomorrow I will post my training plan for the Long Beach 1/2 marathon on Oct 17, which I am super excited about!!



  1. I'm so impressed that you still went for a run in that heat and humidity - you go, girl! ::high fives::