Friday, July 23, 2010

Its been one of those ho hum weeks at work, so what better time to finally get a chance to update my blog??
I have been extremely lax this summer about blogging, either because of being busy at work or its been just too darned hot at home to want to sit next to a hot laptop computer besides other than for brief Facebook updates.
The hot weather, something we've all been experiencing it seems. And without air conditioning at home, it becomes an extra challenge. But I do believe it helps tolerate the heat more when I am in it. There's little difference in going out for a run in the heat than spending the evening cooking or doing chores. After a while it all blurs together into one big sweat fest.
Wednesday, however, was possibly the worst running day I remember in even my far distant memory. At predawn, not only was it in the 70s, but the humidity was 95%, and there was absolutely no wind. I honestly could not breathe. But I managed to get in about 7 miles (and I'm calling it 7 no matter how far it was!) with a lot of walking. I was out of breath almost from the first block to the last step.
Despite the heat this summer, I still have vivid memories of last summer's cold wave, for lack of a better description. While it was lovely for long endurance training, it pretty much went by in a blur, with only one or two trips to the beach because it was too darned chilly to sit there and the water too icy to swim. Waste of time. So hot as it is, I still do not believe in global warming. I believe that God controls the weather and its not something man or even Mother Nature can alter. So I'll get off my soapbox now that I've stated my opinion.
Not trying to be pessimistic about this sauna like weather, because for me to really complain would compare to cutting off my tongue, since facing the alternative is 100% worse, the theory for predicting how snowy Michigan winter will be goes back to the summer weather. The more hot days we have, and the longer Lake Michigan stays warm apparently affects when the lake will freeze. The longer it does not freeze, the more "lake effect" snow we will get. To prove this theory, at least going back last year, when we had a very cool summer and the lake waters stayed pretty icy, the lake froze early and we had a fairly mild winder, with more steady temperatures and only half the average amount of snow. I don't know how this works exactly, other than with the lake frozen, the clouds cannot suck up any additional moisture, so by the time a snowstorm reaches landfall, it breaks up pretty quickly. Others, who normally don't get any or much snow, ended up with our weather fronts and got dumped on. So, considering this theory is true or holds true for this year at least, we are in for one heck of a winter! Which is why I am going to soak up all the heat and humidity I can now so I have something fond to look back on when I'm trudging through the snow next winter.
And all this talk about snow is sure to take your mind off the heat. Enjoy it while you can!


Lisa said...

Does your house have two floors? A basement? I remember summers back home in Toledo being MISERABLE at night. I would sometimes sleep in the basement because upstairs was unbearable.

Lily on the Road said...

Too bad we can't bank the nice weather. Either that or move to a better climate. I love the heat so I don't mind this summer at all!

Anne said...

When it's that hot we don't cook indoors. We grill - everything. It really makes meals more appetizing.

Heather said...

We don't have snow here in my part of Texas. But we DEFINITELY have air conditioning. The four months (at least) of above 90 Degree weather and 100% humidity do make endurance training rough, but on the flip side it is rarely too cold to work out outside.

Just_because_today said...

I think that if we didn't run the hot summer would be perfect, I still think it's pretty awesome when I am not running and like you described, out breath from the first step to the last.
Today I had to come in and change. I was soaked but then I was soaked again. 5 bottles of water during 16 miles