Summer Sum Up
No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Humperdink is.... Wait, no, that's another story.
Today, I'm back after a long time lapse. I've blogged about writing quite a bit over at Writing for the Love. But it's been a tough summer for running. I feel like that every summer, but this one felt worse than others. It didn't rain as much as usual, and I have a theory that the heat index was higher because of it. The humidity...killer.
Although my running suffered from consistency this summer, I still ran fairly regularly. Thanks to the bi-weekly group runs at St. Pete Running Company, I was able to join in a few times and ran with friends new and old.
|The Blackjack group run. I'm in pink in the center.|
We all got two cards on the way out and back.
At the store, we could hit or stay. Winners got a prize.
On Wednesday mornings, I got up early to meet a friend, Terry of Running With Jesus. That's always helpful when it comes to having someone waiting for you. Good motivator.
|Getting it done! Photo by Terry|
|LOL I didn't even notice all my race medals in the background. I swear!|
|Sunrise at Tampa Bay|
|Love running here|
|But it's a fun view from up here!|
|New Saucony shoes from the St. Pete Running Company|
Thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable owners (Cody, Janna, and Chris) at SPRC, I'm very happy with the Saucony Kinvara 5 shoes. The wider toe base seems to be the solution for me in terms of no rubbing the baby toes.
Cody took me through their StrideSmart Fitting Process. I'd never done anything like that before. He had me doing squats to see how my body tended to lean while showing me the proper form. I ran on the treadmill while he filmed with an iPad. Apparently, my video stayed up on their big screen for a few days because I had such good form! That made me smile. Then he had me trying on several different shoes and running outside (very short distance) so I could see how they felt. He assured me that if the shoes I picked didn't work, I could bring them back.
No need for that! They're working great.
Every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM, they host group runs that begin at the store and head out onto the Pinellas Trail. All levels welcome, including walkers, joggers, mix-it-uppers, etc. The distance is up to each individual. Newcomers get a $10 off coupon for the store. There is usually some kind of fun twist on each group run.
My favorite this summer was the the Scavenger Hunt. Everyone was encouraged to team up. We ran toward Azalea Park where there were people stationed to tell us what to do. Each completed station earned each person a raffle ticket for a later prize drawing. First station, jumping jacks. Second, burpees (new to me). Third, we had to carry co-owner, Chris, hence the need to buddy up. He's light, luckily. Then skipping. Really, it was a blast. Here was my team:
|Me, Jonathan, Kathy, and Alex|
(Alex is a high school friend I hadn't seen in years!)
|At 3 Daughters Brewing Company with Wendy after the beer run.|
Tomorrow night: an eight-miler with the bestie, Hea, The Running Pet Sitter. Time to start training for that half marathon we signed up for, the Halloween Halfathon. It's gonna be brutal!