Friday, June 2, 2017

It's Summer Time...Come join me!

This week's topic is all about Summer workouts! Summer break official starts for me next weeks so I'll be excited to have more time to dedicate to running, biking, and swimming.



Activities I am hoping to do this summer:


1. Yup, I broke up with the gym back in March. I was trying to keep up my fitness for the NYC half marathon but then after that I just left it go because I didn't have any other long distance races in my future. I also enjoyed the extra free time I had this Spring. I've slacked on doing strength training on my own so I think I need to hit the gym again this summer!

2. As I've mentioned, my next race is the Monumental Mile. Even though it's only a mile, I'm actually excited about all the festivities surrounding this weekend: Fireworks, race, parade, time with family!


3.I did it, this week I signed up for that super hilly 4th of July race I did last year. Last year was the first year I ran that race and the huge hill was a shocker to me. This year I will be prepared!

4. I also got an email to register for the Love Run again this summer. This was the first race where I ever won an AG award, so of course I want to run it again!

5. Lastly, our community has a sprint triathalon every year. This is the first year I've ever expressed any interest in it. I have to admit I know almost nothing about tri's, but I feel like I should try it.  I'm not a good swimmer and riding fast on a bike scares me so I'm not really sure what the appeal is. Maybe I should just volunteer this year so I can see what it is all about before I dive right in!


Who's going to join me at any of this activities either in my town or yours? -M


43 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a great summer planned! Im not signing up for any races until Im 100% healthy. There is a 5k at the end of June that I want to do but I would need to prepare myself to not race it, just run for fun. Besides, theres no way Im in shape to race a 5k!

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    1. It's hard to do a race and realize you may not be able to run it the way you want to!

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  2. Stay tuned for my Friday Five next week to learn more about tris!

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  3. The fourth of July race sounds up my alley! It's my favorite holiday. I also don't go to a gym and find youtube workouts the best for strength training!

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    1. I love the 4th race last year. It was a great way to start the holiday.

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  4. I'm running RnR Chicago for the first time! It's going to be a hot one. But I'm excited about it.

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    1. That sounds fun! I often thought about running that one since it is over the summer, but then again, it IS over the summer and I don't think I could race that distance in that heat!

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  5. I love 4th of July races! I need to find one for this year too

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    1. It's a great way to start the holiday! Everyone is so festive!

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  6. I love summer running & racing! I don't have anything on my calendar (that is paid for LOL) after my marathon, but that will be changing...soon. I have my eye on a duathlon in July...(as well as numerous other races).

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    1. I would love to find a duathalon. Perhaps I should start looking into that!

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  7. A mile race sounds good in July! Volunteering at the Tri might be a great idea :)

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    1. The mile race will actually be the last weekend in June. I think I am heading towards the volunteering route this year.

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  8. A mile race could be fun! I definitely would need to warm up to get my head in the game that quickly. summer is a good time for the gym with the a/c!

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    1. Haha,, last year there was about 2 weeks where their A C was not working!

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  9. We'll be traveling on July 4th this year so we'll sadly miss a great 4th race here. No triathlons for me. I got over my fear of biking fast, but mass swimming ACK!

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    1. Yea, the swimming is what I have the most fear of!

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  10. You've got a great summer planned already, and its just getting started! We also have a jam packed, fun filled summer planned, and I cannot wait to get it started. Counting down until school ends at the end of the month...

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    1. I feel like I should already be accomplishing things this summer since it's June already?.lol

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  11. Loving your summer plans! I actually do not have any races in July or August, but I will be right in the middle of marathon training so that should be fun (enter sarcasm), lol

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    1. Oh no, marathon training in the summmer will be challenging!

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  12. You know, seeing my brother to a Tri made me want to try it! I don't think I will because I have none of the gear needed, and it would be a pretty big investment just to try something out. Maybe later in life I will do it!

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    1. Yes, I hear ya on the gear. If I did it, I wouldn't be doing it for time or anything. I won't do it if I can't use the bike I already have because that is the only bike I feel comfortable on. Tri-suits can be expensive too but I know friends that say during local tris not everybody has a "suit" and people just wear what they are comfortable in. This is one reason I think maybe volunteering first might be a good idea. Then I can get an idea of what people are using/ wearing.

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  13. There are no races in our area until October, thanks to the brutal heat here - but I swear, one of these summers I'm going to plan a bunch of mini racecations and go run 5Ks with blogger friends who live in better climates!

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  14. That's exciting that you're thinking of trying out the local tri! Sounds like a lot of fun Summer plans to enjoy :)

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  15. DO the tri! I spent years being intimidated and not doing them. They're not my fave but it's a huge sense of accomplishment to do something out of the comfy zone. You don't have to ride your bike fast. Just do what's right for you. You've got fun summer plans!

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    1. Yea, I won't be doing any of it fast...haha

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  16. I'm horrible with strength training.

    Every time I run a hilly race, I regret not training on hills.

    a Tri has no appeal. I suck at swimming and don't like riding fast on a bike.

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    1. I thought this way for years too. I think the only appeal for me is that it takes place right down the street from me!

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  17. I broke up with the gym a few years ago, but then had to sign up with one here because of the wonky weather last month. I would like to get more weights incorporated at least once a week, but I'm taking it easy this summer. I want to keep my base up until training for Vegas starts.

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  18. I think volunteering is a great idea to see what its all like & if you want to give it a try next year.

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  19. I just looked up the monumental mile, and I was sad to find out I already have plans that weekend :~( ... maybe next year!

    It is so exciting that you are considering a Tri!! There is a tri nearby that looks really cool, if I knew how to swim, I would do it!

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    1. This is the inaugural year for the monumental mile so I do hope it goes well so they bring it back next year!

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  20. Girl, I soooooo need that tshirt! I, too, broke up with the gym back in March and I am definitely missing it. I've been going to a HIIT class there, but that's it. When I walk past all of the equipment on my way to class, I feel so much guilt! :) As soon as I get this Utah half behind me, I'm hitting those weights hard again.

    I've done a few Duathlons but never a Tri.... it kind of intimidates me. I can swim, but don't like the idea of it in a race environment. You should go for it though, you'd do great!

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  21. I'm wanting to sign up for a couple 5ks this summer, but I've yet to pull the trigger. The sprint tris sound intriguing to me... even though I don't have a bike at the moment. There is one up the road from me that I'm really interested in, it's the Spa Girl Tri - it sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. That does sound fun. Do you get spa treatments at the end?

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  22. I do do a hilly 4th race, too. Not gonna tri, sorry! You go first. :)

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