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  • August Fitness

    A lot has been going on this month.  While we were away from the market for two weeks during vacation I tried to keep a running schedule.  It wasn't much in terms of frequency, but at least I got out there and hit the pavement a few times for 3 to 4 miles.  I also got to try out Paddle boarding and attended a couple of yoga classes.

    According to my running planner, I ran 10 times in August for a total of 35 miles.  I ended up running less in August than July, but I did try other outside activities.

    The next race I have is the Hooters 2 Hooters 10 k in September.  I'm thinking about signing up for the Pretty in Pink 15k in Clearwater coming up in October.  My thought is if I keep training and can complete both the Hooters to Hooters 10k and the Pretty in Pink 15k, then maybe I might be able to complete a half marathon.  We shall see.

     

  • Vacation Recap

    Hi Everyone!  I'm so glad y'all have enjoyed the guest posts.  I'd like to take the time to thank them again: La Petite Maison Verte, The Watering Mouth and Syrup and Biscuits!  Make sure to check out their blogs for awesome recipes and great ideas.

    Vacation started a little early with Glow Yoga at downtown Tampa.  It was a free event put together by Lululemon in the Curtis Hixon Park.  My friend Allison Grooms, from Yoga Pointe in Lakeland, joined me for a great night of yoga wearing our neon.  The weather was great so it really made it a great outdoor yoga experience.  If you want to try yoga, Lululemon offers a free class at their Hyde Park store every Saturday. Also, there's a free yoga class at the Curtis Hixon Park every Sunday hosted by Yoga Downtown.

    On Sunday morning after my 5 mile run, I went to my car and noticed a bunch of missed calls.  I immediately knew something was wrong, but I never imagined the news would be so bad.  My step dad, Bill Henry, died in his sleep unexpectedly while camping with my mom and little brother.  I immediately raced home to shower and pack to head to my mom's house.  Loosing a family member is never easy, especially when there are no warning signs.  My only solace is that according to my mom, they had a wonderful last day together doing the things they always loved.  Bill, thanks for all the laughs and memories.  You'll always live in our hearts and your smile will always be remembered.

    While the market is closed and repairs are being made, we headed to Anna Maria Island for a couple of days in the sun.  The highlights of the trip were eating at Eat Here, Blue Marlin and The Waterfront Restaurant.  All three places met and exceeded our expectations.  The dishes and the atmosphere were great.  If you are ever on the island, make sure to check these places out.

    This was my favorite meal while at Anna Maria.  This was the grouper topped with lobster at the Blue Marlin Restaurant on Bridge Street.  I am not a big fan of Grouper.  I almost always never order it.  I grew up eating Red Snapper and Swordfish.  So, Grouper has never been a favorite.  However, this dish made me understand why so many people in Florida love Grouper.  It was so soft, it was like butter in my mouth.  It just melted away.  Amazing.  I asked my husband if we could drive back there for my birthday dinner.  It was that good!

    I found out there was a morning yoga class on the beach, so I made sure to make it.  The weather was beautiful, the class was perfect for a morning stretch.  It absolutely met my expectations.  The instructor, Onika, was very knowledgeable and talked you through poses for everyone's levels.

    I've been wanting to try paddle boarding for a while now, so I jumped at the chance when I noticed they were renting boards right on the beach.  I was worried I wouldn't have the upper body strength to row while standing up.  The big surprise was this sport has more to do with balance and lower body. Thanks to my running and yoga classes I was able to stand up and paddle for about 50 minutes without falling in the water.  Yes, there were three near misses but I hung in there and stayed on my board.  If I lived closer to the water, a paddle board would surely be on my Christmas Wish list.

     

    Only 3 more days to go.  We'll see you soon.  P.S.  I need produce too! :)

     

     

  • July Fitness

    So far July has been a pretty good month for running.  This month I've run at least twice to now four times per week.  :)  If you are wondering, I didn't run the Kiwanis Midnight Race on 4th of July.  I really wanted to do the 10K and I just didn't feel ready.

    During this month, I've also tried to incorporate other activities like lower body and  yoga classes at our local YMCA.  You know that feeling you get after working out muscles you don't normally?  The "I'm going to be sore tomorrow" feeling?  Yep, I was sore, and it felt good.    Last week I decided to try yoga instead.  I always forget how much I enjoy going to yoga.  After a yoga class I always feel refreshed and ready for anything.  It's just rejuvenating.

    The next event I'm looking forward to is GLOW Yoga by Lululemon on July 27th.  I've heard great things about the free yoga classes at Lululemon and at the Curtis Hixon Park.  So this should be fun.  Thanks to this lady, I'm signing up to do the Hooters 2 Hooters 10k on September 16th.  It seems like such a fun run starting at the Original Hooters location in Clearwater.  Having a race to look forward to is always a great way to keep me in track with my running.

    How's your summer fitness plan going?

    Are you trying any new sports/races/classes?

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