June 6, 2014

Friday Five: This summer I will:

The lovely ladies of DC, Courtney, Mar and Cynthia have a fun topic for their Friday five linkup. This summer I will:

1.  Spend more time at the pool swimming laps!  I have mentioned several times recently how much I enjoy swimming and with the summer heat upon us in North Carolina, I am ready to swim laps a few times a week.


2. Spend more time at the beach.  Last summer, I only made it to the beach a handful of times and who knows why?  This year, I plan to get there at least once a week and last weekend was a great start with a long walk on the beach with Tom including a stop at Beach Bagels. It's always fun to get a tasty breakfast bagel to munch on while strolling along this beautiful beach!

So inviting!

3. Take some time off from running.  Every since the Dopey Challenge, other than a two week mandatory rest put into place by coach Sami, I have been logging the miles each and every week.  My body is tired and I need to hit the refresh button.  As much as I love running, a break can be really helpful when looking at future goals.  The end of June is my time to relax and do some cross training and hopefully I will be ready to tackle some training for the Rock 'n Roll Dublin Half marathon that Christine and I will be racing on August 4th!

4.  See family and friends. Lots of plans are in place for a fun family visit in July followed by a visit with several friends when we travel to Ireland and England later this summer.   During our trip to Boston next month, we will take in a Red Sox game to celebrate my Mom's birthday, and hopefully visit New Hampshire.  Our trip to England follows the race week in Dublin.

5.  Make lots of delicious food with vegetables and herbs from our garden!  Already we are harvesting radishes, spinach and kale from the garden.  Tom even pulled beet greens that I cooked earlier this week combined with spinach.  I was sceptical, but they were delicious and filled with lots of nutrients! More items are being harvested daily and when the tomatoes and peppers are full grown we will be fixing some fantastic summer salads!


At the moment, I am reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Sendker.  Summertime is a great time to catch up on your reading.  Do you have any good books to recommend either running related or otherwise?  What are your summer plans?


35 comments:

  1. Your garden looks amazing! I love cooking with fresh ingirdents. We usually go to the farmers market once a week and it's delicious but I can't wait to have a garden of my own! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks Karen. I love having a garden. There is a lot of satisfaction picking produce in your yard and fixing it for meals!

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  2. I need to get back to reading books. I've found that every time a free moment, I am trying to catch up on blogs!

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    1. Blogging can take over your life. Taking a break here and there is a good thing!

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  3. I absolutely love the beach! I wish we weren't a couple hours drive away from it, because I'd love to spend every free moment of the summer at the beach. Even though we were in OBX for four nights last week, the wedding schedule was so crazy that we spent all of maybe 10 minutes on the sand. I hope to remedy that when we're in Virginia Beach for RnRVB!

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    1. Virginia Beach is beautiful Kathryn. You and Preston will have a wonderful time during the Labor Day race weekend!

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  4. Gorgeous garden! We've got a small container garden but are battling with the snails right now! We're growing tomatoes, a variety of hot peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and squash! I think I want to go blueberry picking this weekend too!

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    1. April, there is nothing like fresh blueberries. It sounds like you have a very full garden. Yummy freshly picked produce is always a great way to start a meal!

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  5. Love these! Swimming is one of my favorite things. It's such a great workout to totally change things up. The summer trips sound great, too!

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    1. Thanks Larissa. I am really looking forward to my upcoming trips!

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  6. Especially after a long race season you deserve a rest from running - Happy Weekend!

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    1. thanks Kat. I think I really deserve that rest time too!

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  7. Sounds like some fun summer plans!

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    1. Not unlike your Mindy with some fun trips!

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  8. Part of the attraction of moving to Florida was being so close to the beach. Sad I can't even remember the last time we were there!

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    1. Kimberley you need to add beach time into your weekends!

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  9. Love this!! sounds like excellent "I Will's" for the summer :) Love the REST option too!!

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    1. Everyone need that rest time to restart your engine!

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  10. I love to garden too! Hope you get a great harvest this year!!!!

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    1. Thanks...there is something really satisfying about harvesting your own crops

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  11. I wish I could spend most of my days at the beach!! Enjoy your rest!

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    1. Janelle, I do too. I just hope to get there at least once a week since we live so close!

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  12. I need to add I will rest to my list of things to do this month too!

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    1. Lisa rest is important too as we runners know. Plus that means extra time with Cora and your husband! :)

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  13. I love your garden! I'm hoping to start one next year. You have a wonderful list, and lots of exciting things to do this summer! Enjoy :)

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    1. Thanks Heather. A new season always brings hope for new things!

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  14. I'm growing a garden too and YOURS looks extra nice! I can't plant in the ground because the critters will eat up my food. Yours looks delicious - those are some bright radishes!!

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    1. Thanks. I love picking our fresh produce!

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  15. That pool is gorgeous! I'm going to try stand-up paddle boarding.

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  16. So jealous of your garden!! We can't seem to grow anything here. Sounds like you have a lovely summer planned.

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  17. love the garden and i agree -- summer reading is the best! i love the pool and the beach and hope to go to both more than i did last summer!

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  18. Your garden looks great! I poach off of my mom's garden. ;-)

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  19. Wow, going to the beach once a week sounds pretty much amazing, and a trip to Ireland sounds even more amazing!!!

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  20. Some time off running will be a good break for your body - you are smart to think like that! I would love to go back to England and Ireland sometime!

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  21. Great goals! I love your lap pool. I use my apartment pool for swimming laps, but I have to go by time because I have no idea how long the pool is (I suppose I could trying measuring it lol)!

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