Okay so it’s not quite summer yet but here in White Rock, it’s been so warm and beautiful lately. June is usually pretty nice around here but this year has been simply spectacular. Warm temperatures, clear blue skies, sunny days, warm nights, hot sweaty runs – I love it!

So while the calendar might not say it’s quite summer yet, I can think of a few reasons to believe that summer is actually already here…

1. It’s hot!

I really do love the heat and sunny days always put me in a good mood. There’s just something about having the warm sun on my skin that always makes me smile. Unless however, that warm sun is actually a scorching sun beating down on you relentlessly, burning your skin and parching your throat as you climb a huge, unprotected rock field… Okay, it wasn’t that bad but our hike through Hanes Valley last weekend was definitely a scorcher in near 30 degree heat! It was so beautiful though and we all took extra precautions to stay hydrated and stay cool.

It was so hot that even though we didn’t have shade, we just had to sit down and rest every so often!

It was so hot that even though we didn’t have shade, we just had to sit down and rest every so often!

2. I’ve been wearing my floppy beach hat!

My sister totally made fun of me when I bought this hat but I don’t care, I love it! I really love being out in the sun but sometimes just need a hat to stay cool and quite simply, I look ridiculous in ball caps. I’m not sure sure I look any less ridiculous in floppy hats but there’s just something kind of fun about a big hat. 

I tried to take a creative pic of me and the hat and this is the best I could do!

I tried to take a creative pic of me and the hat and this is the best I could do!

3. It’s actually hot enough to play at the beach!

We’ve got a few beautiful beaches here in White Rock but so often I’ll pack the kids up, head down and even though it’s sunny, there’s enough of a breeze to make it feel cool. Not lately though! Our school held the most amazing kite day at the beach a couple weeks ago and the joy of those kids running around in the sand, in the tide pools, flying their kites and blowing bubbles was amazing.

We only have a handful of boys in our class and they have become such good friends...

We only have a handful of boys in our class and they have become such good friends…

4. My runner’s tan is in full force!

My runner’s tan may not be as rad as Kara Goucher’s tan but my usual running tank top tan is definitely making itself known already. Everyone always asks me if I’ve been on vacation because my arms and shoulders are already so tanned but sadly, no sunny vacations for me, just miles and miles of running (which with two little kids can feel very much like a vacation itself!).  

Okay, this pic is a bit creepy with my big eye in it but oh well, it’s hard to take a pic of your own back!

Okay, this pic is a bit creepy with my big eye in it but oh well, it’s hard to take a pic of your own back!

5. The dirt tan.

Also on the topping of tanning, I always know summer is here when I start to come home from runs sporting a dirt tan! Since I started running trails, I pretty much have run in mud throughout the whole year but nothing quite compares to the dirty, dusty, dirt tan you get from summer trail runs.

There is something so satisfying about washing it all off too!

That’s a nice crisp sock line! And there is something so satisfying about washing it all off too!

So now that I’ve shown you my silly hat, my bare back and my disgusting dirty feet and legs, I will leave you to get on with your day. Since this is such a random post, I’m going to link up with Amanda from Running With Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. You can check out what others are thinking about today by following the link below!

Happy Thursday!

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