Happy Summer Solstice!
If you are like me you always welcome the official start to summer with wide open arms. Living in New Hampshire we live for summer days where the days are long and the temperatures are hot. Smiles are wider, people seem friendlier, and the long, freezing, gray winter days are just a distant memory.
Here are some ways to welcome the Summer Solstice with open arms:
- Have a picnic–Try Steph’s Summer Salad from Taste and Tell
- Have a dance party under the moon and stars with your kids–My latest favorite dance song is Back to You by Selena Gomez
- Go for a summer walk–Sometimes taking a walk rather than going for a run is good for the soul and can have some meditative qualities.
- Have a campfire and roast s’mores–Try making fancy s’mores with Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for the chocolate instead of a regular chocolate bar. Seriously delicious!
- Hike up or run up a mountain–My latest run took me up Moose Mountain South a trail on the Appalachian Trail right near my house and the views were just spectacular. There is nothing better than wide open blue skies and summer green reaching for miles.
- Choose a new goal race or fitness goal and get started on your training journey–I am currently contemplating my next bog race goal . . . perhaps a triathlon or maybe a 25K. What is your next big race goal or fitness goal?
- Pick a bouquet of flowers from your garden or a bouquet of wildflowers–My current favorite bloom are my peonies which only last for a short while but are so fragrant and I love their tissue paper look.
- Try a new summer recipe–My latest favorite is Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple from Closet Cooking
- Take a yoga class– yoga can provide the deep stretching that we as runners often skip and it is a chance to slow down and to focus on breathing.
- Take a swim in a river, lake or pond–There is just something about water that soothes my soul and brings me a sense of calm. There are so many great spots to take a cold plunge to wake up the senses.
How do you celebrate the Summer Solstice?