Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer Fun (WW # 101)

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My treat after 5 steamy miles


Tuesday's early morning visit to the lake


Another steamy run (aren't they all?)


After seven miles, finishing in the shady park

Creating my own breeze

I'm not training to run any races right now but I am trying to maintain some base mileage. I ran three times this week for a total of 17 miles. One of the runs included some speed work.

I am getting back to cycling in hopes of a fall century (or metric century) ride.  Sunday's 25 mile ride averaged 13.8 mph, had 348 feet of elevation gain, and my  heart rate averaged 152.  The feels-like temp was well over 90 degrees at 9 a.m.  I'm thankful it's so much easier to cycle in that heat than to run in it!

These were just a few highlights from my week.  And, as this goes live -- I hope to be on the water kicking up some spray.  So, tell me...

How are you enjoying your summer?

Are you training normally or doing things a little differently?

And that's a wrap!


81 comments:

  1. ha ha ha...well, I'm doing things a little differently this summer LOL It's fun to live (and run) vicariously through all of my gal pals, though ;-)

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    1. Yes, you will have a different kind of summer. I hope the time passes quickly for you and you'll find yourself back on the road in no time.

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  2. I agree it's so much easier to bike in this heat than run and it's fun!

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    1. It is fun! I should be ashamed of myself for not getting outside for a ride sooner.

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  3. A jump in the pool sounds perfect after a hot and humid run! I definitely wish I could have done that yesterday, lol!

    You're doing a great job with keeping up your base mileage during your off season! :)

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    1. I hope by adding in cycling miles, I won't be tempted to run too much over the summer.

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  4. So far it's been a better summer than the last couple -- crossing fingers that it stays that way!

    Enjoy your water therapy.

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    1. I'm glad you are having a good summer. I postposed the water therapy until Monday morning. But--it was fabulous!

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  5. I'm not training for anything specific now either - it's been kinda nice though I can see losing fitness if I don't run consistently.

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    1. I don't want to lose any fitness or endurance. It's definitely a tricky balance.

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  6. Im definitely doing things differently this summer! I wish I could be training but at the same time its kind of nice to not be committed to doing long runs in the heat.

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    1. I've been sleeping late (especially on weekends) and deciding what I want to do once I get up. It's been very nice!

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  7. I love your pool pics! And your water skiing pics! I am doing something very different this summer by focusing on cycling and riding both weekend days (weather permitting). I hope it pays off in Lancaster PA!

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    1. I may have to do some of those double ride weekends too. Right now, I'm sticking to one long ride over the weekend (plus shorter rides during the week).

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  8. I need to get back on the bike!! After next weekend, my race, then I'm going to give my knees a break.

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    1. It's nice to take a break. Even nicer? A break that isn't dictated by injury. It is definitely cooler on the bike.

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  9. I envy that dunk in the pool post run! The weather's been so steamy this week! Nice job keeping up your base miles.

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    1. Sometimes, the thought of that plunge is the only thing that gets me through the last few miles. We've had so much rain that nobody is using their sprinklers!

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  10. Good job staying out there in this heat! It's so tough right now, but I'm sure the post-workout pool jump makes it better. :-)

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    1. If feels even tougher than last year! Hopefully those insanely high dew points will lower a bit.

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  11. Whew, that's really hot! I think I need a pool in my back yard to jump into. Nice work maintaining the base mileage. It's amazing how running in the heat improves endurance, even though you feel like you're hardly moving!

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    1. My pace numbers are downright humbling in this steamy weather. The runs where I don't even look at my watch are much more enjoyable.

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  12. Great job with your base mileage! I'm so amazed by my biker friends. I couldn't imagine biking 100 miles. Very impressive!

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    1. I can't imagine it either right now. LOL. My longest ride ever was 65 miles. It's a huge commitment of time more than anything else.

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  13. I hope you are kicking up some spray right now! That sounds delightful! Someday I'll have to tell you my epic water skiing story! :-)

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I postponed the spray until this morning -- but it was magnificent. Now I'm intrigued! I've got to hear this story.

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  14. This summer I've run the least i've ever ran before. I don't know if it's the heat, the age, or lack of motivation. I do miss it though. Enjoy your evening spraying it up!

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    1. I think the heat and lack of motivation are definitely related. I think it's the best time to take some down time.

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  15. I need a pool!!!! Great week lady! I don't think I could squeeze out 7 miles right now if my life depended on it!! It's just like death out there.

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    1. I'm simply amazed at how much I can sweat. I think it might be my super power. LOL. I've always wanted one.

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  16. I'm back after my break, and I'm doing about the same. Maintaining a base so i don't have to start from scratch with my training for Vegas starts.

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    1. Starting from scratch is no fun, although I've done it a few times. I hope I get to meet you in Vegas!

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  17. I just started training for my next half marathon (sept 16th). I'm actually happy to be training and have something to focus on.

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    1. Even without a specific race to train for right now, I do try to keep a certain routine with the base mileage. It's just feels better that way.

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  18. I'm doing things differently this summer as I easing back into running post stress fracture. I'm trying to find out the "do something different" that I should be doing so I don't end up injured again.

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    1. After a couple of those myself, I'm still searching for the "do something different". Unfortunately, I think sometimes things just happen -- with no reason or logic attached.

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  19. Last week was my first week of training for my next race. It's so hot here, I definitely have to take it slow and add in a few more walk breaks!

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    1. I look forward to getting back to regular training in about a month. The weather here is simply unforgiving right now. Brutal.

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  20. Cannon Balllllllll! The shade makes all the difference in my runs! Have a great week!

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    1. LOL. I need to come up with a different pool jump shot. I always take it to the shady park toward the end of a long run. I feel cooked!

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  21. 17 miles is great for maintaining your base. Which race is next on your calendar?

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    1. I am registered for a 5k in August and a RnR Vegas in November. I haven't planned out my fall or winter schedule yet.

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  22. On or in the water is the place to be this summer! Love it! Looking good on that bike! Enjoy the lake!

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    1. I've got to be near the water so I can jump in (which I do all the time when doing yard work).

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  23. I love that you jump in the pool after your run. Best way to cool down!

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    1. Definitely. And quick. I just have to remember to remove the electronics first. And shoes.

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  24. I love all the water action you've been getting in. I've been to the beach and on the water less and less this year, probably because of our one-year-old baby/toddler. I'm not training for anything right now - it's been a few months since I last trained for anything, again, I'm blaming it on the toddler -- just haven't had enough time it seems!

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    1. Your toddler will be loving the beach soon enough and that fact will be a great excuse to go.

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  25. I would have loved to jump in a pool after my super humid run on Sunday morning, ugh! Glad to hear that cycling is going well, one of these days I'll finally invest in a bike!

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    1. Trust me, it does feel much cooler on a bike. It's fun too. You should think about one.

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  26. The photo of the jump into the pool after a hot run looks so refreshing! That is definitely a nice treat :)

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    1. It is a wonderful treat. I have to remember to remove the electronic items and my shoes first!

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  27. So far, it hasn't been hot here. Guess I'm lucky and should be training but who knew and it could still get steamy.

    I am enjoying the down time and my time on the lake.

    100 miles on a bike!! WOW!!!

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    1. It's been hot here so long that I can't even fathom it hasn't been hot in your area. Lucky. The 100 number sounds a little intimidating...

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  28. I am enjoying the summer... but it sure is steamy! I think we need a pool :-)

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    1. I know you've got steamy weather too! A pool definitely comes in handy.

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  29. I am training a little differently this summer...as in, training for a 5K (I haven't run one in years). The shorter distances help when it's so hot.

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    1. The 5k is the hardest race to me. Even though it is short, the intensity is extreme. My next one is in August (hot, hot, hot).

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  30. I'm training differently this summer - but that's definitely due to my injury, not my desires. :/

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    1. I hope you are healing nicely. You won't be in that cast all summer will you?

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  31. I absolutely love your pics jumping into the pool after your run! Glad to see you're getting back to cycling. You really rocked the bike last year!

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    1. I did spend some quality time with my Sanity last year. LOL!!

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  32. Sometimes NOT training is the best way to maintain fitness. no stress, just running. Sound like you had a great week!

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    1. I hope to continue the NO training plan for a few more weeks.

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  33. girl, its been HOT and HUMID here and I know it is there in your neck of the woods. great job getting the miles in and getting back on the bike! Ive been loving your pics on IG and I see you've been back on the water enjoying your summer!!! gotta love it!

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    1. I'm over the triple digit head indexes. Just sayin'. LOL.

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  34. Sounds like a nice week! Biking is definitely easier in hot weather than running! Back to training for me in the a couple of weeks. Right now I'm just enjoying my runs. Have fun on the water!

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    1. I'll be heading back into official training soon. As hot as it is, I don't really miss it (yet).

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  35. I'm trying to train normally but have been doing some treadmill running and also swapping some workouts for easy runs. Sometimes doing a workout is just counter productive if it will take a lot out of you or you won't recover. I love that you jumped in a pool after your workout. I wanted to do that so bad the other day!

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    1. I gave away my TM years ago because I thought it aggravated an issue I had with my Achilles. I wonder sometimes (like now when it's so hot) if I should have kept it.

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  36. I wish I had a pool LOL
    The bike is a great option on the heat for sure:)
    I had hoped this summer would be a little less blazing, but it seems to bad as last year. i am glad I am just hanging out, not trying to train :)

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    1. I say it's worse here than it was last year. I trained for Chicago and don't remember it being this miserable. Ha--it probably was.

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  37. I love your cannonball photos!!! My summer is going well! I'm trying to take some time and do some fun things since I don't really get a summer break. I typically pick fall races, so summer is a key training time for me - but I figure that hard summer runs equal fast fall times! I'm hoping at least!

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    1. I will start training again next month and will be hoping for those same faster fall times.

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  38. Sounds like a great week! Great job on your 25 mile bike ride! So hot over there! I'm enjoying a little vacation in the Seattle area for summer break right now.

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    1. I've always wanted to visit Seattle and that corner of the US. It looks so pretty.

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  39. I always love your pool pictures and your lake pictures! It looks like you have a good week of running and riding! Have a great rest of your week! :)

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    1. I'm trying hard not to overdo the running thing. Oversleeping most days sure does help with that. LOL.

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  40. I'm really enjoying the last summer in my 30s. LOL. Today, I shot machine guns. What an experience. More on that in next week's review post. :-D

    That shady ending looked amazing!

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    1. Well that sounds very cool! I look forward to hearing more about how you celebrated the last summer in your 30s.

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  41. Ufff... that heat!!! I'm glad you were able to find some water to cool off in. Love the pictures and great workouts to maintain that base!

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