Happy Fourth of July weekend, readers! I love this weekend. It's really the sweet spot of the summer--you've acclimated to summer living, but there's still so much out in front of you to enjoy. I know this FUF is technically coming on a Saturday--it's a Fueled Up Friday that's just a little tardy for the party. But, that happens, because I was busy livin' the life on Friday (i.e. doing all the things we're about to discuss--boating, eating fresh figs, and Ragnar training).
Last night, we went out on the St. Croix river with Dan's cousin and his wife, and it was AWESOME. We talk a lot about wanting a cabin when we're grownups, because getting away from the city for a weekend does amazing things for our sanity--we relax so much more deeply in the woods, and always feel refreshed after a day or two. Boating does the same thing--there's something about getting out on the water that just rejuvenates you. The St. Croix is beautiful, and wasn't too crowded (because everyone leaves the cities for their cabins the weekend of the 4th! It's sort of magical to stay, really.) It was a gorgeous night and I'm still smiling about it.
II. Fresh Figs
Are you guys eating these?! I'd never eaten fresh figs before last year, but I'll never miss out on them again. They're delicious--slightly sweet with a really mild flavor, soft, delicious with prosciutto or on their own. They're only available for a month or two mid-late summer, so you need to seize the day and stock up on these. If you shop at Trader Joe's, they always have flats of them for really cheap later in the summer. I slice them in half and layer a slice of prosciutto on top, or just eat them plain. They're not super nutritionally-dense but there's great fiber in there along with some potassium, and their subtle sweetness is just perfect for a summer day. Plus, they're the prettiest food there is.
III. Ragnar Training
I think it's safe to say at this point that I just do not run if I'm not training for a race. Basically at all. I need the motivation of a deadline to get my butt out there and do it. Luckily for me, the Ragnar is coming up mid-August and it's getting me out to log those miles. I had a truly terrible run yesterday (five miles of side aches and concrete legs) but it actually didn't bother me at all--I know hard runs are part of the deal, and I know that pushing through them gets me to the easy, fun, "how'd I breeze through that?" runs. So I soldiered through, took some walking breaks, and told myself I'd do another 5 on Sunday and beat my Friday time. Which should be easy to do, knock on all of the wood. Setting the bar low, ya know? It's not a bad idea.
One thing I'm doing a little differently for this race is doing a lot more cross training, and maybe a little less running. Typically when I'm race training I pretty much exclusively run, but lately I've gotten really into some workout classes at my company gym and I don't want to give those up (spin class, and a boot camp class that is BRUTAL) plus I'm still doing this Beachbody challenge and trying out Beachbody workouts at home. I think running twice a week plus doing other exercise another 3ish days will keep me in good fighting shape for the Ragnar, and for the trail half marathon I'm doing in September. Fun things ahead, guys.
Have an incredible holiday weekend! Seize the summer. Seriously--go buy some figs.