I mostly hate swimming because you have to change clothes, and bring a ton of extra stuff (towel, fresh clothes, etc). But I packed all of our stuff up into a couple of bags, and we headed to the rec center. I decided to run three miles on the track. There wasn't a single soul on the track other than myself, so I took a selfie. It was obviously so blurry because I was running so fast. (not really)
I wore my foot pod, and my Garmin showed that I was running something like a 10:30/mi pace. That just did NOT seem right to me! According to the "rules" of the track, 12 times around the inner lane is 1 mile. According to my Garmin, it's about 12.5 times around. I'm not sure which to believe. Just for the heck of it, I used the stopwatch on my phone to see what my pace would be if I was doing 12 laps per mile. It would have been an 8:30/mi pace. According to my Garmin for that segment, it was 9:45/mi. Does it really matter? No. But I like to think I was running 8:30 ;)
Anyway, when I was done with the three miles, the kids and I changed into bathing suits and went swimming for a little while. When I swim, I don't really swim swim. I just tread water, and doggie-paddle around. Even though I don't like being in the water, it felt awesome after running on the track! Until I got out, and had to deal with being wet and soaked with chlorine.
There is something very odd going on near my house this year! Last year, the state land across the street from us was (deliberately) flooded from Lake Erie, and turned into a marshland. Since then, there have been all sorts of new critters around, and it's kind of fun. We've had ducks, and tons of turtles. The turtles have been laying their eggs all over the place. And like I mentioned recently, there are now frogs.
Over the past 11 years that Jerry and I have lived here, I've seen a few frogs each summer, usually when doing yard work or something. But over the past week, our entire street has been littered with dead baby frogs. They hop across the street from the marsh, and get run over by cars. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of frogs smashed on the street.
Today, when I went out for a run, I was shocked at how many frogs there were! My run was really, really tough. I felt like I was running SO fast, but my watched showed mid-9:00 range. This humidity messes with me every summer, and every summer, I stop and wonder what the heck is wrong with me. I need to learn that I have a summer pace and a winter pace, and the summer pace is much slower.
Anyway, a mile in, it started to rain. It felt AMAZING, and I was so glad to have the rain cool me off a little. When I got to my street, it pretty much came alive. There were hopping frogs everywhere! I felt like I was playing hopscotch to avoid stepping on them. It was so awesome--which I know, many people would be grossed out, but I love frogs. Once I got home, I turned around to go back and take some pictures. Here is a short video clip on Instagram--the frogs are tiny, so those things that look like grasshoppers? Yeah, they're frogs.
I took the kids outside to play in the rain and try to catch some of the frogs. They couldn't believe how many there were.
I've sure been selling Michigan by writing about the fish flies and now these frogs, huh? ;)
If you missed my last couple of posts, I'm doing Five Days of Giveaways this week--giving away a different (running-related) item each day. On Sunday, I posted New Balance trail running shoes; yesterday, I posted some Balega socks; and today, I will be giving away a RooSport pocket. I'll be honest--when I saw this in our welcome bags from Runner's World at the Heartbreak Hill Half, I had no idea what it was! But then I saw the demo at the expo, and I thought it was pretty smart.
I'm completely obsessed with my FlipBelt, however, so I wanted to give the RooSport pocket to someone who would get some use out of it. Here is what it looks like:
If you go to their website, you can see how it's used; but basically, it's a pocket with a really strong magnet that holds it onto your pants. You set the pocket just inside of your pants, and then the part with the orange tab goes on the outside, and using the strong magnet (trust me, it's REALLY strong), holds the pocket in place. It can fit a few small items in there--Gu, keys, driver's license, etc. It's a clever way to turn any pants into pants with a pocket!
To enter to win the RooSport pocket, just fill out your name and email address below. I'll randomly select a winner on Monday, July 14th, at 9:00 AM EST. Available to U.S. friends only--sorry, international peeps!