Summer is coming to a close and I have spent the last two weeks trying to cram in as much "summer" as possible. I've spent more time outside and have run more miles these two weeks than every other month this summer! Here's some stuff that was on my summer bucket list or my 'oh shit it's almost Reach the Beach' list that I did these two weeks!
First night run
It had to happen. I was SO nervous! But with only two weeks until Reach the Beach, I had to get it over with. I wasn't ready to jump right into a solo night run so my sister went with me (she's also on my RTB team so she needed to practice too).
It was terrifying at first. It was so.freaking.dark. I bought a sweet new running flashlight that hooks on your hand and you don't have to really hold on to it. It has a red flasher on the back, 2 levels of brightness on the front, a flasher on the front and, get this, an ALARM. It's awesome. Every noise I heard in the woods I pushed that thing.
My sister saw two sets of the eyes in the woods. So that's not exactly cool. Thank god I didn't see them. I would have run straight home because I'm a big baby!
We got a 5K done in the dark and it was a good first night running experience. I plan to do a couple more before RTB next week!
Ever since last summer I have been wanting to take a yoga class at the beach. I actually don't take many yoga classes, I mostly do flows I make up at home and yoga challenges on Instagram. I like aerial yoga, but I have only taken a handful of aerial yoga classes at Kama Fitness. I have also taken a few private yoga classes with my mom at her house, but I've never gone to a normal yoga studio and just taken a class. (I've even done one Bikram yoga class, which was weird.)
Beach yoga just sounds so perfect so when I saw a post on Facebook for a $5 beach yoga class I was in!
I loved this class so much. I can't even tell you. Our teacher -- AJ Govoni -- was amazing, plus being next to the ocean just took it up a level of awesomeness.
After going to the beach for yoga I was reminded how much I LOVE the ocean. I wanted to do at least one long run before Reach the Beach to test out my legs before running about 17 miles in a day. I decided to do that at the beach since it would be so much more enjoyable there than anywhere else!
I got 8.5 miles done with lots of stops for water, building rock towers and picture taking. For long runs I really don't care about pace, I am just getting those miles in. This 'L' selfie was a must. I joined a group on Facebook recently called OutRUN the Odds. It is for an organization called OutRUN 38, which is a non-profit that "promotes fitness and healthy living in a supportive community to heighten awareness of Cystic Fibrosis while supporting the growing 'healthy sick' CF population." I had to join when I saw it was for CF because I lost one of my closest friends to CF when we were 19. I do the CF Walk every year and this was another great way to get involved and help out simply by logging my miles with them.
Anyway. Beach run was fantastic. I proved to myself I could still do a long run and enjoyed an ice cream cone afterwards.
I have been dying to try stand up paddle boarding for the longest time! I finally rented one for the day and took it to the lake my mother-in-law lives on. I didn't actually go on it for all that long, but I enjoyed it! My sister and I cruised around the lake and tried to do some yoga on it before our friends stole them for a spin and we went knee-boarding.
My sister is a little bit more tan than me. Ha!
That's my frantic summering for the last couple of week. Now I'm ready to do RTB and get some cool fall weather!
Are you frantically summering or ready for fall?
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance