Well, would you look at the time. It’s after 11:00 and I haven’t gotten a post up yet. I have, however, managed to sift through my Twitter and Facebook feeds and see what’s going on in the world right now, which is productive, right?
I have also gotten in a run and can I just tell you that summer running sucks? It does. Big time. If I weren’t training for a half marathon in September, I would be seriously scaling back my mileage right now.
It’s commonly known among runners that your body temp spikes when you’re running, so if it’s 80 degrees out, it feels like you’re running in 90-100 temps. As a 43 year old woman in the throes of perimenopause, I get seriously warm on runs, even if it’s in the 40s or 50s out, so running in the heat is just miserable for me. This morning was no exception and I had to cut my run short because I nearly fainted. This necessitates a change in my running plans: For the next five weeks, runs will occur no later than 6:30 a.m and will be short in distance. Longer runs will have to be done on a dreadmill in an air conditioned gym, which will be dull, but necessary if I want to not die of heat stroke.
In other news, for those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might have noticed my dozens and dozens of tweets and updates about a situation going on here at the University of Virginia, which is the flagship university of the Commonwealth and also Pete’s and my alma mater. For the past two weeks, UVA-land has been in an uproar over the forced resignation of the university’s president by the Board of Visitors (the governing body appointed by the governor of Virginia). It was completely unmerited, as pretty much everyone in the world agrees that the president has done good work in her short time here, but the board felt that she lacked “strategic dynamism.” The faculty are in full-on revolt and students, alumni, and other friends of the University of have joined in. It’s been crazy and I spend most of my waking hours following the news.
Luckily, here in Jenworld, things have been calm and pleasant. We’re just finishing up the second week of summer break and it’s been a good one. Ellie went to a terrific archaeology camp at Monticello this week and Grace has started summer school. Yes, summer school. Mini-Jen is a bit of an overachiever and decided to get a jump on 8th grade by dealing with her Health/P.E. requirement this summer so that she’ll have more room in her schedule this coming academic year. I have spent a lot of time shuttling middle school girls hither and yon this week, but it’s been worth it.
Pete’s working at home today and is cranking his iTunes. He just listened to the Cars album “Heartbeat City,” which I haven’t listened to in probably 20 years or more. I didn’t really care for the Cars back in the day, but today I enjoyed their music for pretty much the first time ever.
We’re a little over a month away from our departure for Down Under. Oh no, we’re not excited AT ALL. No one here in Jenworld talks about koalas EVER, nor would anyone make any puns about things like ‘koalty time” or “koalafications” or “high koalty” and so forth.
And that’s all I’ve got for y’all today. I’d love to hear what you’ve all been up to this week and what you have going on this weekend.