Spring is Really Here!

As I begin to write this, I’m listening to the sound of howling wind, awaiting another round of thunderstorms in Richmond, VA, our first taste of the season. Most of us were also awakened Sunday morning by thunder, lightning, and driving rain, much to the dismay of my poor dog. She doesn’t have panic attacks, but she is overly concerned and needs lots of reassurance during a storm. 

It’s officially shorts running weather in VA!

I’m normally a Sunday long run day girl, but with the predicted weather, my BFF and I chose to run Saturday instead. It was a good call! Our run Saturday was lovely, with temps in the upper 40’s to start and with excellent company, but earlier runs this week have been HOT! I really struggled with a 3 mile run in 70 degree temps with 75% humidity. If this is any indication of what my summer training will be like, I’m in trouble! 

Another tradition in the warmer months? Day trips to Charlottesville. Carter Mountain sent out the email that they were open, so my girls and I decided to make the journey, enjoying the views and some cider. Bold Rock for me, non-alcoholic for them, of course! Then we headed into town, grabbing a socially distanced, semi-outdoor late lunch, and then exploring some thrift stores. 

The views are what makes Carter Mountain so great! You can also pick peaches and apples in season, and they have great food, too!

My family is making progress with immunizations. My older daughter, who works in a grocery store on her breaks from college and teaches Spanish at the elementary school level,  received her first dose of the covid-19 vaccine this weekend! My parents are officially past their immune building period after receiving both doses of the Covid vaccine. I hope to take a day trip to visit with them on my next day off! And my in-laws have completed their series as well. 

We had another beautiful day in the RVA today. The world is definitely getting greener, buds are blooming, and cars are yellow. I wanted to run today, but, alas, work and family schedules did not align. Tomorrow will be better!

The feature photo is our peach tree in bloom. Is spring beginning in earnest where you live? Are the longer days helping your mental health? Are you enjoying warmer temperatures and some outdoor activities? I’d love to hear about it! As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, Goodr, Noxgear, and Switch4Good.

8 thoughts on “Spring is Really Here!

  1. Being a little south of you, yes Spring is starting in earnest. We’ve already mowed our lawn, the red bud trees are blooming, the Bradford pears have leaves on them, etc. We had the storm move thorough over the weekend too. I’m glad we are having a couple of days of sun before the next round hits. It was only 60 F today, though, so I did wear long pants on my run. I was warm, but not too warm.

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  2. I’m glad you had a nice day out with your girls! We’ve definitely been getting warmer. I hear you on struggling with running in warmer temps. I see multiple days of 90+ coming for us this week and I am not ready! Happy to hear the vaccines are coming along for the family as well ❤

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    1. Yuck about 90 degree heat! Yes, super excited for at least the most vulnerable to get vaccinated. My younger daughter will hopefully be able to get the Pfizer vaccine this summer when she turns 16!

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  3. After a couple of false dawns it looks like Spring is at least toying with us – our first day this year with a forecast 20℃ (68℉) today – but back to nearer 12℃ (lower 50s℉) next week.

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