Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time to send some weekly workouts + updates your way. As of yesterday, it is officially summer. For me that means studying for the bar, yes, but also means that in just over a month, the bar exam will be over and I’ll have some late summer travel time that I’m really looking forward to. What makes it feel the most like summer though, is the knowledge that this is my last June when “school’s out” – at least when it’s me that is the one in school! My diploma arrived last week, making it all feel very official. Even though my high school Latin hasn’t stuck with me long enough, they even sent along a translation 🙂
I’ve always felt that the summer solstice is a special kind of day and evening. Even though it’s so late in June that I was always out of school before it happened as a kid, often already at camp or doing other summer activities, it’s magical to be able to be outside with the sun shining down during dinner, and to take a late walk around the block with Sasha when it’s nearly 9pm and get to witness a fantastic fiery sunset. That happened a few times over the past week. I’ve settled into a run-eat-study-repeat rhythm, which can get monotonous but is just what I need to be doing at the moment. So the extra light in the evening has been great even though the rain grayed out part of this week. I haven’t let it get in the way of running. This week’s mileage was a bit above average:
Monday: 7 mile run
Tuesday: Rest day (other than 20 minutes of YouTube yoga!)
Wednesday: 6 mile run
Thursday: 7 mile run
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 9 mile run
Sunday: 6 mile run
I usually get in about 25 miles/week of running, plus all the walks around NYC or with Sasha, and try to do some stretching and yoga for 10 minutes each morning either before or after my run. But I had only run three days the prior week, because I had two races with the span of a week, the NYRR Retro 4-Miler on Sunday 6/7 and the Oakley Mini 10K on Saturday 6/13, and didn’t want to push myself too much since my hip has been sore again lately. After the Oakley, I took Sunday off, and I was feeling rested and re-charged and ready to go, so I pushed the miles upward to 35 for the week and felt pretty good! My hip and knee seem to be doing better, and I’ve been wearing my Experia socks every time I run lately (lots of laundry, but I bought a few new pairs so there are 5 in the rotation to cover me for a full week) and their Thorlo pads seems to keep my feet nice and cushioned.
Despite some stormy clouds, my family has been enjoying summer food from the grill. This week featured a Father’ Day seafood spread. We made shrimp, mahi-mahi, and salmon burgers – I opted to have one of the latter as my main meal, and I snacked on the grilled shrimp as an appetizer. I especially liked pairing the seafood with both our usual asparagus and some seaweed salad we picked up at Costco. It’s on the go-to list now! It tastes just like the kind you’d get in a sushi restaurant, and it’s the perfect complementary side for any seafood.
Of course, I also indulged in frozen treats. Ice cream is my year round number one, and now that the season for it is upon us, even gray skies can’t keep the craving away! I did mix some of my favorite Moose Tracks with a Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug for a warm sundae to beat the cool rain though. And I had my puff in a puppy mug for extra cuteness and cheer.
Now that summer is officially in season, I’m hoping the sun comes out to play permanently and so is Sasha! There was a little too much gray and rain this week. Then again, rain feeds the earth and makes it bloom…so perhaps balance is best.
What are some of your weekend highlights? Do you take advantage when grilling season begins?
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