Well, here we are again.
Another opportunity to chill out, over a chai (or any beverage of your choosing, hot or iced), and have some friendly chatter.
Things have been rather low-key in some regards, but also crazy active in others. It is what it is, and I choose to just keep on keeping on. It's all good.
Care to join me? Here's what I'd share, if we were chilling and chatting:
First off, this is more like a #runfession (or a #FitnessGearFession?), but I spontaneously snagged a new bike jersey on last weekend's long ride. Right? Like I need one more of those in my already over-stuffed "fitness dresser." I just could not resist. The art geek in me fell instantly in love with the artsy skull-inspired logo (composed of bike parts & accessories) from Odies Bar & Grill. When I saw the biking tank (complete with the requisite rear pockets on the back), it was a done deal. Besides, biking gear is a lot more fun and funky than running gear (IMO).
Speaking of biking, if we were chilling and chatting, I'd have even more to tell you. Let's suffice it to sat there will be a lot of miles-on-wheels happening in the next several weeks (after my 5K on the 4th and 10K on the 9th). Since I don't have any big races on the immediate calendar, and my hip joint/flexor has been feeling a little cranky, the timing is good for some increased time in the saddle. I probably need more glute-focused strength work, and I'm game for that. Meanwhile, in addition to some continued scaled-back running, my legs will see plenty of continued action from all the pedaling. Truly a win-win!
If we were chilling and chatting, I'd openly admit my running has been at the bare minimum in recent weeks. Don't worry, I'm not in a slump, nor am I the least bit bothered by the lower-than-usual number of miles. It's not like I'm hanging out on the couch, slamming milkshakes and donuts in my free time, LOL. I'm just grateful that my identity, as a runner, isn't contingent on high mileage.
If we were chilling and chatting, I'd tell you about Wednesday (June 29th). Why? Because it was Volde's 5th birthday. Remember him? Volde (short for Voldemort) is the unsightly (though now faded) 6-inch scar on my right knee. You can read all about how he came to be HERE.
He's actually accomplished a lot in his lifetime of five years: 61 races (all distances from 5K - 26.2), bringing home ten 3rd-place AG's, six 2nd-place AG's, and six 1st-place AG's (one of which was first place female overall!). He's also helped me set a few new PR's...proving that you CAN come back stronger from a setback.
Finally, if we were chilling and chatting, I'd share my June stats. It's pretty obvious that biking has taken over as my new go-to (for the time being). What can I say? It's a great cross-training discipline, and I'm having a blast with my two bikes, Gustavas and Krystal.
Anyways, that's it for now. I'll sit back, and give everyone else a chance to chat.
What would you bring to the table, if we were chilling and chatting? How did June play out for you? Any great fitness moments or accomplishments?