Moving along in July

I can’t believe we are half way through July! Maybe it’s because Arthur decided to stop by our Fourth of July that it doesn’t seem possible that it’s already July 17th; yet, we have had a lot of fun this month!

We have been enjoying plenty of beach time, company, friends and family. The boys have been enjoying baseball camp, swimming lessons and their track class. Our summer schedule seems to be working well for everyone :)

50 Miles in July

I was hopeful to hit this goal after missing it by so many miles in June. Thankfully, I am back on track (literally ;)) and have logged 31.5 miles this month. I am meeting our ever growing group at the track tonight and hope to get in 6-7 miles.

We have been walking the first lap for a warm-up and then running three laps and walking one while the kids are in class (90 minutes). It’s a great way to keep it interesting. We chat and catch up along the way.

Next week, we will bump it up to 4 laps and walking one. Keeping the lap count smaller keeps it more interesting and less daunting :)

Grilling Veggies

Our CSA is in full swing. It’s still mostly greens, along with summer squash, spring onions (one of our faves) and this week, baby red potatoes.

One of our favorite ways to use the greens is to grill them. I put a little olive oil and often Trader Joe’s Everyday seasoning on the greens before grilling. Our youngest loves it! The first time, I put a little on each of their plates and our youngest asked for more spinach (it was kale) and has devoured both the kale and Swiss chard :)

Here is our grilled salad from last week…

We grilled kale, spring onions, summer squash and broccoli (not from the CSA). Then, I added some tomatoes and cucumbers that I had in the fridge with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese – delicious!!

We have also grilled kale and zucchini (from the CSA) as sides to chicken on the grill. You really can’t go wrong :)

This week, we have collard greens and I am not sure what to do with them. Have you prepared collard greens? What’s your favorite recipe? How is your summer so far?

June is done and July has begun!

Soooo, my June goals didn’t exactly end up as I had hoped. I knew it was ambitious for such a busy month, but I wanted to try.

I had originally planned on running during our trip to California, but my body was begging for some real rest. Of course, we walked a lot and explored; but that was it! Frankly, what my body needed.

We got back and I jumped into my heavy teaching schedule. My miles were still hard to come by. Then, it got back to normal. I wound up with 33.5 miles – a long way from 50.

In the past, I wouldn’t share if I didn’t hit a goal – darn ego. Now, I’m a little older and realize that life happens inbetween. It’s not only about miles but quality time with friends and family.

Because of my mile challenges, I have generally found more quality time by walking with my family, and running with my husband and friends. It’s also important to be at little league games and end of the school year celebrations.

That being said – I’m going for 50 miles in July! Thanks to the boys being enrolled in a running program, I should hit this goal and have fun with my friends along the way.

I need to regroup on the blog and I’m planning to be back on a more consistent basis. Starting next week, I will be back to a Mon/Weds/Fri publishing schedule. I’m taking part in a new Instagram challenge through Fit Approach that begins today! Follow along or join in the fun :) #SweatPinkSummer

The most important goal is to enjoy summer and all that it has to offer with family and friends. We are off to a good start with beach time, house guests and more beach time. This week we will take in some Cape Cod baseball and of course fireworks!

What are your goals for July? Do they change for the summer? What are your summer plans?

School’s Out!!

Yesterday was the last day of school for the boys and summer has officially begun! They finish with a half day and I wanted to make it special. Each of the boys invited a friend over; they had pizza and watermelon for lunch and then we ventured off to the beach.

It was not a post card beach day, but that never stops us! We were invited to be guests at a beach club and all of the boys had a blast swimming to a diving dock, playing soccer (we have World Cup fever) and our oldest even tried paddle boarding. Definitely a great way to kick off the summer!

Vacation definitely changes my workout routine. Running before teaching will be out as there is limited time in child watch and soon the boys will be dropped off at baseball camp before I scoot over to teach.

Starting next week, the boys will be taking a class at the high school track. A few of my friends and I will be there running and walking. We did this last year and it made a huge difference in my running.

I am hoping to get back in the habit of walking after dinner with the kids and hubby on non-track nights. Due to baseball and rainy evenings, we have fallen out of the routine. It’s a great way to get out and catch-up!

We are looking forward to logging some serious beach time with friends and family and taking in some summer baseball!

What are your summer plans? Do you change your workout routine for the summer?

A little craziness to get back at it

We had a great trip to California for my brother-in-law’s wedding (more on that later) where we ate, drank and were merry. We got out and walked on the beach everyday, but the only running came when our youngest wanted to race to the next rocks.

We came home and jumped right back into the craziness that is the end of the school year. On Tuesday, I couldn’t wait to run and work out! It felt great!! The rest of the week was more of a struggle.

I taught all of my classes, but chose to plant my flowers over walking and couldn’t pull it together to run before teaching. Friday was my day to meet my friend and go running. One of my favorite activities.

Go figure, it rained all morning and was looking pretty yucky for the afternoon. There was no way I was going to wimp out! I didn’t want to be the reason for slacking off. It was a light sprinkle and that seemed ok.

About a half mile into our run, the skies opened up – or so we thought. We were drenched, but chatting and having fun. A mile later, the skies showed us what it means to truly open up.

It was a sideways-driving, road flooding rain. It was around here that we began to question our sanity. The beauty of running outside is you have to get back to where you started. We did what we had to and kept on going.

The rain let up a little and we continued chatting and laughing. As we got back to our cars, we laughed about the insanity of our run and how happy we were to get it in. We could have done without the rain, but we got our run in and it felt great to accomplish our goal.

I think I needed the extra push to get back into my routine. Overcoming my laziness and a pretty valid weather excuse helped me get mentally back in the game. 50 miles is not looking like it will happen, but I’m not throwing in the towel just yet.

I’m a little more rested and hopefully, I can get out of own way for the next few weeks!

Do you struggle getting back into routine after travel? Have you run in the rain? What is your favorite weekly activity?

Ahhhh, June

So it’s June, three weeks of school left for the boys and then it’s summer living! I realize I’m a few days late, but I’ve been conflicted with goals for June. As you know, I really embraced the May goals and found success. So now what?

I would like to continue striving for 50 miles. Of course, I’ve only completed five miles this month. Not a fantastic start. We are currently visiting family and attending a wedding this weekend.

I am planning on running today and at least walking on Saturday. There is a lot of travel and frankly, my body can use a break. I’m not sure I’ll hit 50, but I would like to give it a try. It has been great motivation to keep me moving and finding new ways to sneak in miles.

As for yoga, I would like to continue working towards more power moves. I’m often conflicted about this and I find I’m energized and ready for it. I’m going to find ten minutes a day to work towards a new pose. I’ll get photos when I can and keep you posted!

For the most part, June is going to be about continuing moving forward and fitting in what I can, when I can. The miles should add up once I’m home and I loved the yoga Instagram challenge.

What are your goals for June? Do you always have a specific goal or more of a general idea?