June & July Goals

Hello HOT summer! We’ve been in a bit of a heat wave for the last week in Nova Scotia. Though it’s extremely hot and humid, we’ve kept busy outside over the Canada Day long weekend!

My June goals were executed brilliantly…… I ran a lot more then I planned to – mainly long runs on the weekend with zero focus on training for a race. I finished the month with 65 km of running.  I biked a bit – around 50 km and I played 4 games of soccer and starting coaching U 6 soccer – fun!

June GOAls! (2)

July’s Goals

Not going to lie – my July goals are pretty simple again. Run, Beach and Bike!

July goals.jpg

We’ve kicked off July with a beach trip already, a long run of 11 km, a super long bike ride (for me) of 25 km and now we are just riding this heat wave and up-ing our hours in our sprinkler. The heat wave is supposed to settle down in a few days and I’ll likely get back to some early morning runs once it settles down a bit. A few rest days can’t hurt.

How’s your month of July looking?

Any big goals this month? 

Beach or Lake swimming?

Bike, Bugs and Boogers

Brief update on my foot – it still hurts but it’s a lot better. I’m really hoping this is just a phantom pain before my half marathon next weekend. This totally happened to me last fall with some random quad pain the week before so I’m banking on it being that. Fingers crossed.

I decided not to run this week but test out my foot this weekend for my last long run of 19k. The plan is to run whatever distance I can without any pain in my foot. If I have any pain, I will stop and call someone to come pick me up.

Since I missed my 5k, 8k and 5k this week I tried to get a few workouts in. Tuesday was spent at the emerg. hanging out with no one, Wednesday I did some strength training exercises and my arms were wobbly and last night I went for a bike ride. Oh, and I’ve gone back to doing the 30 day plank challenge!

Again, I got a babysitter since my husband is away working right now. I left the house around 7:30 and managed 11.74km in 41 minutes on the trail. I couldn’t quite see see my Garmin at the end of my ride and thought I was at 11:40 or I would have road around until I hit 12k.

cycling sept 3rd

Two lessons I learned:

  1. Keep your mouth closed as much as possible when riding your bike at night. BUGS all over my face and body. I *may* have consumed a few.
  2. Riding on a trail while it’s getting dark out isn’t something I’m comfortable with. I kept wondering if someone was going to jump out at me on the trail. I totally rode faster on the way back then I did on the way out!

It was a nice little ride and my quads are going to thank me tomorrow….or are they?

I mentioned boogers in the title of this post….I have nothing to say about boogers but thought it made for a better title than “bike and bugs”. However, my youngest called burgers “boogers” for a long time as she just couldn’t pronounce it properly. Oh the things kids say when they are learning words!

Do you ride/run on trails at night when it’s getting darker outside?

What is the secret for not getting bugs all over you at night when moving at a fast pace?

Any plans for the weekend?

So I went for a bike ride!

Weeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I recently got a new-to-me bike! Technically, it was a hand me down from my sister – Thank you Laura! I got it about a month ago and thought it would be good cross training for my half marathons this fall. I just haven’t had the time to get out on it until yesterday! {Speaking of new, I bought a new Asics tank and cycling shorts while on vacation last week – good timing I’d say!}.

bike aug 10th

Monday was supposed to be a rest day but it was my last vacation day and the girls were in day care. A mama’s gotta take advantage of her spare time and get as much done as she can. So, I figured a ride would be nice in between doing laundry, cleaning the house and running errands.

It was a cooler day but the sun was still shining as I left our house around noon. I’m not confident on my bike so I avoid cycling on the main roads. All I could think about when I took off was “Ride on the right, run against traffic”.

I rode down to the “rails to trails” {old rail road tracks turned into multi-use trail systems}, this is where I run sometimes. I decided to ride towards the next town over and return; it was 9k in one direction. I wanted to do a longer {for me} ride so I was planning on 20 km. I enjoyed parts of the trail I have never been on, converse with others who were walking or cycling in the opposite direction and I even ran into a 4-wheeler – not literally.

I’m not much of a cyclist but more your recreational biker. I kept my pace around 15km/hour and messed up my Garmin when I stopped for a little break. I managed just over 20km in around an hour and a half of riding. I also impressed myself with riding up all the hills when I thought I might have to get off and walk.

Afterwards my body felt great! I felt light and just really good! It wasn’t until later in the evening did my leg muscles feel the ride. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone on a long ride, probably when I was a teenager! I’m hoping to do this at least once a week but the mileage will depend on when I can ride and when I can get my runs in.

And……..my butt hurts 😉

Do you cycle?

Do you talk to others when running, riding, walking on a trail?