If you’ve read my blog before you know I love to run……in the winter, fall and spring. In the past I’ve actually stopped running from June through August because one thing I hate more than sweating (yes, I’m a runner that hates to sweat) is feeling as though I am running in a sauna. I can’t even sit in a sauna let alone run in one. And especially since my asthma diagnosis, I spend more time sounding like a hacking smoker even in the air conditioning thanks to what I can only guess is allergies and humidity. Plus, I tend to get more blisters on my feet. Overall, it can make for a very unpleasant experience and I can just as easily get a good workout in an air conditioned gym or by strapping on my rollerblades (they are cool again now, you know).
It was a humid May which does not bode well for June. I’ve been running with a neighbor a few times a week and every morning we strap on our shoes and complain about how uncomfortable it is outside. Today began a bit more pleasantly because it was slightly less humid. We started on a similar route as last week where we had spotted a number of squashed frogs and he suggested that we pass the time by counting dead frogs.
1.5 miles and 8 dead frogs later, we joked about a couple of vultures waiting for us to stop so they can feast on our bodies, and passed a dead, ridiculously smelly (thanks humidity) deer. (So THAT’s what the vultures were there for)
After we finished gagging, The Twelve Days of (Summer) Running began to take shape:
It’s the first day of summer running and what do I see?
A dead deer on the side of the street.
It’s the second day of summer running and now what do I see?
Two vultures eating
The dead deer on the side of the street.
You get the idea. By the end, this is what we came up with:
It’s the twelfth day of summer running and now what do I see?
12 near deaths (thanks to no road shoulder and inconsiderate drivers)
11 horse flies
10 for sale signs
9 candle scents*
8 dead frogs
7 mud puddles
6 funny looks
FIIIIIIVE WALKING BREAAAAKS (hey, its hot)
4 asthma coughs
3 drinks of water
2 vultures eating
The dead deer on the side of the street!
*Candle scents – on a recent (humid) run post rain shower, I mentioned that it was starting to smell like worms. Somehow this turned into a conversation about Yankee Candle creating “man scents” like freshly mowed grass and 2×4. We added a few of our own ideas, including sweaty sock, roadkill, body odor, morning breath, hangover, worms, dog poop, foot fungus and belch. What? Those are manly.