Virginia is hot and stupid humid in the summer. This is not breaking news. But this year, Virginia has been kind enough to throw in some low humidity days and some cooler weeks. For example, last year’s end of school picnics were all cut short because of 100* weather and air quality advisories. This year, we had cold 1st graders when they got wet playing a sponge game at their picnic.
But that’s ok, Virginia is making up for it now. This week has been all high 80s to low 90s, with matching humidity. It’s like trying to breathe soup.
As you can imagine, my run did not go well yesterday. It wasn’t that hot when I went out at 8am, but the humidity was 96%. I could.not.breathe. I planned to run 4-6 miles at an easy pace. I ran 3.25 and I use the term “ran” loosely. I had to walk all the hills to not max out my heart rate. And at 3 miles, my body told me that if I wasn’t going to give it oxygen, it wasn’t going to run. Guess I’m not a fish.
To add insult to injury, I then walked into a full body spider web. FAIL!
Today I’m going over to Revolve for a free introductory ride. Fingers crossed it goes better than yesterday.
And now for my Foodie Penpal Reveal! Once again, I got awesome stuff.
My package was sent to me by Terra from Run Terra Run. She sent me all stuff I hadn’t tried before and I can’t wait to dig in.
From top left:
- Roasted Seaweed from Trader Joe’s – I admit I’m kind of scared of this. But I will try it. I promise.
- Diamond Blueberry Almonds – These look awesome.
- Miso Soup – I’ve always wondered about Miso Soup, so I’m looking forward to trying this.
- EmergenC Mandarin Orange – this looks yummy and useful.
- Pmegranate fruit bar – I ate this immediately. I want more. ;o)
- Roasted Mango Chipotle Sauce – I think I’m going to grill something with this. I love fruit + chipotle, so I know I’ll love this.
- Roasted Coconut Chips – OH MY GOODNESS! These are so amazing. And they are from Trader Joe’s so I can buy more when I finish them. LOVE!
Thank you, Terra, for an amazing box! And thank you, Lindsey, for hosting again.
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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
3 thoughts on “Virginia Summer + Foodie Pen Pal!”
When the humidity starts to soar like that my running always suffers too. Once you acclimate it starts to improve but those first few runs – ughh!
I’m from the Gold Coast, Australia and we have a very similar summer here. Humid conditions are tough to handle, that’s why I train early morning and evening. As for races, they are normally help in the moorings.
The body really suffers, but the challenge is fun. You need to really understand the limits of your body!!! 🙂
Hope the ride went better than the run–but as for the run I am glad you got some miles in. It’s been a killer summer already and humidity is just plain old mean!
Looks like you got some fabulous new things to try in your foodie box!