Don't mind me, I'm just chilling with a (hot) chai latte,' in the July heat.
Can't you just see (or feel) the irony?
We all have our drinks of preference, and I'll choose a hat chai (most days) over anything else. The summer heat, and subsequent humidity, came barreling in this past week. Personally, I don't mind the heat much, but the humidity really does a number on my hair. Oh well, at least it's not snowing.
Anyways, it's that time of the month most of us look forward to...time for gathering round a table and chatting, virtually that is. Shall we get started?
If we were having coffee, I'd share my recent haul of hardware. Since there have not been any live races (since the Leprechaun Chase,March 7th), these medals all are from virtual events. Three of these virtuals were actual events that had to switch to a virtual format, and two were from virtual events that I wouldn't have otherwise done. Prior to this year, I kind of shunned virtual races and didn't really care much for any of the swag or bling that went with them. Well, things certainly changed once COVID-19 became a reality. Thus far, I have done 13-5K's, three 10K's, one 15K, three half marathons, one 18-miler and a team relay. Although I did the work, the virtual swag doesn't mean as much to me as if these had been actual live races. Oh well...such was everyone's reality.
I'd also tell you a bit more about the Quad City Times Bix-7. The race is usually held on the fourth Saturday in July, but had to go virtual this year (I know, shocker!). With it being virtual, that opens the opportunity for anyone to run the 7-mile race at their own convenience. So far, I have 10 peeps on my "virtual team," many of them fellow fitness bloggers that we all know and love. My Bix-7 swag arrived this week, but there's still time to join us...you can complete your seven miles anytime July 1-25th. Tentatively, several of us are planning to run "virtually together, but physically apart" on July 25th, so be looking for some fun "group" pics. My promo code is Rakh2020 if you decide to join us!
Speaking of pomo codes, I also have a discount code for ROAD iD! Do you wear any kind of identification while on the road (running, walking, biking, etc.)? It's reassuring to have emergency contact info at the ready should something unfortunate happen. ROAD iD has many options for ID tags and bracelets, as well as tags for your fur kids. My code RUNNINGONTHEFLY will save you 20% on any purchase through July 29th.
If we were to talk about June, I could tell you my mileage stats were decent. I didn't reach the century mark with running or walking, but that's never a priority anyways. I barely passed it with biking, but the biking miles come a lot easier than do the miles on foot. With the increase in heat and humidity, I can assure you there will be plenty more biking miles happening in the next couple months. I'm working my way across Iowa (via the Great Run Across Iowa), and as of Thursday, I've gone 174 miles. I'm logging both my walking and running miles, but am hoping I can reach the 249 mark with my running miles alone (which are currently at 90, so I won't have any room for slacking LOL).
I just mentioned biking...well, the hubs and I are embarking on a long ride on Friday. Potentially, it could be upwards of 50 miles.The trail is fairly flat (or so we've been told LOL), but that's a long distance for this biking novice. Oh, and we also have a live 5K race on Saturday morning (yes, a LIVE race!). I'm not worried (I've done other races the day following a long bike ride), but this will be an interesting endeavor with Gustavas. Stay tuned.
So, anyways. Those are a few things I'd share with you if we were having coffee and conversation.
How about you? Anything new? Has it gotten hot and humid in your area? How's your running? Walking much? Or biking?
Since it's the first weekend of the month, I'm linking this with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date.
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.