Ah, Summer. I have a love/hate relationship with you. I eagerly await your appearance every year so I can zip across your warm lake waters with a rooster tail shooting up from behind. And yet I'm always humbled by your pace-plummeting, breath-stealing, heat and humidity. Every.Single.Year.
|Judy, Marcia, Mary Beth, Me Zenaida, Teresa|
and Kristy (not pictured)
Summer began by joining fellow bloggers at the Utah Valley Half Marathon, It definitely ranks at the top for one of my BEST racecations. The beautiful scenic downhill course through Provo canyon was an added bonus. College Kid tagged along and we had great fun exploring the canyons, waterfalls, hiking trails and caves in the area. I would do this race again in a heartbeat, and would even consider running the marathon distance.
|We ran down through those canyons!|
After this race, I felt I needed an off season. My three summer months of reduced mileage equaled a mere 140. I think I can say this was my WORST summer mileage on record. After marathon training for the past two summers, I thought it would be difficult to implement my plan. But having issues in need of rest and recovery, the off season was appreciated. Besides, my sweat was sweating.
By contrast, I cranked out 404 miles on Sanity. Deciding to train for an October century ride (or even a metric century) with Teresa definitely racked up the cycling miles. The BEST thing? I overcame my fear of riding while clipped in on streets with traffic and with those hairy, last second traffic stops.
On to my favorite activity...I'm calling this water skiing season the BEST ever. Not only did I get an early April start, Wendy traveled south to ski with me. I had never met another woman that slalomed until finding her through our blogs. After finally accepting my incessant invitation, we could not have had more fun. I giggle every time I see one of our countless pictures. We are already working on the production of next year's water ski show.
Of course while Wendy was here, we had to find a race to run. I recorded my WORST 5k time since my very first, almost a hundred 5ks ago. Not respecting the distance and sort of forgetting I was running that low mileage, no speedwork plan, I completely tanked at the Shake and Bake 5k. Moving on...
Finally, some of the BEST sunrise and sunset pictures were captured on the lake the year. My trusty boat driver [and the PoPo to my HoHo] has become quite the photographer...even if he still rolls his eyes when I make my request.
Tell me a BEST and a WORST from your summer!
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Marcia @ Marcia's Healthy Slice
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