While the calendar marks the official beginning of summer in June, let me just say that we’ve been under the blazing hot blanket of summer for quite some time now and I think I’ve gotten too old and too menopausal to tolerate it! Wait, what? June? Already? Seems like just yesterday we were packing up Christmas decorations and setting goals for the new year! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! So, let’s continue the fun by catching up over coffee …. well, over virtual coffee with Coco and Deborah and their Ultimate Coffee Date link-up.
If we were having coffee …. I’d tell you that this time next week, I’ll be in Utah taking in the majestic scenery of the canyon, meeting a few fellow bloggers and getting ready to run the Utah Valley Half Marathon! The training wasn’t stellar, but it is finished and now comes the weather stalking and agonizing over what to wear race day. Even more agonizing than that is the fact that I’m attempting to pull off a traveling feat which I have never tried ….pack just a carry-on. Yep, that’s right …no checked bag. I have no idea where to even begin and I’m pretty sure that Major Hubs will be super impressed if I’m actually able to pull this off! I mean, how hard can it be?? Well, let me remind you that my suitcase was so large for our trip to Italy, that our driver in Positano nicknamed it “The Beast”! But considering this will be a quick, whirlwind of a trip ….I should be able to accomplish this.
If we were having coffee …. I’d tell you that our return from Utah will officially start the two month countdown to our BIG summer vacation and I am super pumped about it ….Hawaii, here we come! If you have any tips, favorite places to eat or must-see spots, feel free to pass them on. While most of the trip is already planned, there’s always wiggle room for something special. We will strictly be on the island of Oahu, so I don’t want to hear about any fantastically tempting thing to do on another island …there’ll be no island hopping on this trip.
If we were having coffee …. I’d also tell you that upon completion of this half marathon, I’ll be putting long runs on the “hot as hell” back burner of these Southern summer months and focus more on cycling. This training cycle’s long runs in the heat and humidity has just about gotten the best of me. I know, I know ….many of you can’t wait for the heat to come your way and wish I’d quit whining, but let’s face it …we’re much closer to the equator down here and heck, it’s been hot and humid here since March and will continue at least through September …maybe longer! Now don’t get me wrong, we Southerners like to have our cake and eat it too …..we do love our warm tropical weather, we just don’t like running in it! So, with that being said, I have a short little duathlon on my radar and I’m still holding out hope that Holly and I can pull of a century or half century ride before the year comes to an end. Let the saddle sores commence!
If we were having coffee …. I’d have to tell you that while I rarely set monthly goals because I just don’t usually keep them up, I have decided to do a June challenge.
I’m hoping this will help me improve my “push up” stamina and reach my goal to be able to complete at least half of them as full body push ups, rather than from the knees, by the end of the month. And I will not do crunches every Wednesday/Saturday …instead, I will do 100 of a different type of ab exercise each Wednesday/Saturday in order to mix it up and work different areas of the abdominals. Between this and getting back to my regular strength training routine …I’m hoping to be able to
rock unashamedly wear a bikini in Hawaii!
If we were having coffee …. I’d have to share my latest shoe purchase! Shhh….don’t tell the hubs, but I couldn’t resist them ….I mean, they are red, scalloped and suede. Just too much cuteness in one shoe not to be in my closet! Besides, it’s justified since my red patent peep-toe pumps have finally bitten the dust.
And with that, I do believe we are all caught up. Besides, it’s FriYay and almost “wine-o-clock”! Whoop whoop! Speaking of Friday, I’m also linking up with these precious ladies, Rachel, Merenda and Lacey for their Friday Five 2.0 link up. Be sure to stop by these ladies along with Coco, Deborah and as many others as you have time for….you never know what new friendship awaits you!
Have you been to Hawaii? What would be your “must-do” activity? Are you an over-packer or a carry-on gal? Any big summer vacations on your horizon?