Weekend o' cookouts and running

by - Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I hope you all had awesome Memorial Day weekends. I most certainly did.

We had some gorgeous weather in Maryland, sunny and warm. Perfect for cookouts and pool parties, less perfect for runs, but I'm not really complaining.

Saturday's 8-miler was hotttt!!! I woke up early, ate, dressed, etc. etc. and was out the door by 7:30 at the latest and that was still too late. The sun was really strong so I was glad I had brought water along and right around mile 5.5ish I was really wishing I had brought a gel or something.

I had forgotten how much more I need to think about fueling and proper nutrition on the hot summer runs than during winter runs where less-than-perfect fueling won't kill me. I was able to run strong through mile five but had to stop and walk right before mile six. The heat was really getting to me.

I mixed walking and running for the last 2.3 miles and finished in 1:29:41. Not too shabby for my first long run in the summer heat.

Monday I was supposed to do three miles, but I was tired from cookouts the day before and slept in. I went out around one because it was cloudy and not too hot. Wouldn't you know it though the sun came out. I cut the run to 2.5 because I was dying. Still was able to whip them out in 23:something.

During the rest of the weekend I did things like play on a playground (I'm not kidding), walk around a park, go to cookouts and just sit outside on the deck soaking up the sun and reading. Here's a few pictures from the weekend (and so you can all check out the new 'do!)

Playing on the slide. Note the sheer joy on my face!

BF on the other slide!

It's from the side, but you can see my haircut!

Little beach on the South River.

BF and I on the banks of the South River. (My hair's going nuts b/c of the wind!)

BF about to get thrown in the pool.

More people about to get thrown in the pool.

You May Also Like


  1. Sounds like a fun weekend!

    Fueling is important (and tricky!) and it is really easy to forgot how important it is especially at the start of the warm weather. Good job for getting the running done and making it through!

  2. Weeee slides are so fun! Looks like a great weekend. :)

  3. Im not going to lie.. seeing the insides of people's fridges who are actively working on nutrition and fitness interests me, so I tag you.!! Check out the correlating post http://nikesandponytails.blogspot.com/2009/05/you-are-what-you-eat.html


  4. Looks like a really fun weekend! I love your hair, it is very cute!!

    I had the same problem as you this weekend, totally forgot to fuel enough for the heat and had to take a lot of walk breaks. Oh well, walkings OK too, that's what I keep telling myself anyways :-)

  5. I did a 9.7-miler on Sunday and had the same experience - had to walk for a while. It was humid up here in Joisey that day.

    Looks like you had a good Memorial Day weekend, siter.

    The one thing we didn't get to do was go swimming.

    Would've been sweet.

  6. That's the one cool thing about having kids. You always get a chance to play on the playground. Although seriously it's hard getting my wide butt down some of those slides LOL

  7. That looks like a great weekend, and you look so happy. :o)

  8. the heat is just no fun! i keep plodding along in hopes of getting "used" to it quickly but feel that day will never come :(

    hope bf didn't hurt his knee getting thrown in the pool there! love the hairdo!

  9. Anonymous8:29 PM

    Looks like you had a great weekend! Your never too old to play on the playground.

  10. It was hot this weekend!! I guess we better prepare for some summer running.

    Looks like you had an awesome Memorial Day weekend...pools, bbqs...sounds great to me. Playgrounds are awesome, I like to visit them often!

  11. You two are awesome :-)

  12. Great photos!!! I love holidays :)