Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Too Much Fun = Delayed Long Run

Friday I got out of work and went to the beach! My first time to the beach this year. It was great. It was really quiet there, maybe 10 other families. Chris, Elijah and I went for the afternoon when I got out of work. The weather was perfect. I had one of Shipyard's Melonheads. It was delicious. Chris & I relaxed in the sun while Elijah ran around collecting crabs and building sand castles. We spent a few hours that way.

Pizza @ Luscia

Getting some sun on these pasty white things

Pure Beach Happiness

On the move! Looking for crabs in the seaweed

After this we went home and did some chores around the house followed by more relaxation. It was a good way to end the day. 

I did not run on Friday. It was a pure rest day!

On Saturday chores ensued again. This was followed by an evening downtown in Rockland celebrating the Summer Solstice. The street gets closed down and it's a big PARTY! There are vendors along the street. All the shops stay open late and there are various bands and entertainers for all ages to listen to and watch. At this point we got Noah and the four of us had a blast eating fried dough, french fries & ice cream. Have to indulge once in a while, right!?

Crowd on Main St.

Ladies doing Zumba in the street :)

Kids looking at the boats and getting balloons

This year they had the first Summer Solstice 5k. They plan on making it an annual event and the funds raised go to the Go! Malawi fund. In 2012 this organization provided private tuition for education to 60 orphaned children under the care of mid-coast native, Janet Littlefield, including 2 who attend Hebron Academy where Janet and her husband Bill now teach. 

There are actually a series of races throughout the year in this area that the funds go towards. It's an awesome organization!

Shot of the racers

I did not race this because I had the plan of running 10 miles the next morning fairly early.

However, this did not happen. The kids and I never woke up until 9 a.m.!

I don't set an alarm on the weekends because I always am up by 6 or 7. By 9 it was way to hot out to run 10 miles. I decided to put it off until the evening. That was a mistake.
I ended up only running 3 miles that evening. What the heck was I thinking?! 

I only had this long run and one more to complete before my half on 7/14/13. I needed to get it in. 
Come Monday morning I was determined that I would fit those 10 miles in somehow.

On my lunch break I was able to pump out 6.5 on the treadmill. This was perfect and I ended right when my 1:00 patient was showing up. I was able to slip into my swim suit, rinse off & jump into the pool with her. 

I wasn't able to run outside because I wasn't sure if I would make it back in time. Having a gym at work is super handy. 

Last night I fit my additional 3.5 miles in outside on a loop near my house. By this time it had cooled down and wasn't so humid. There was a nice cool breeze coming in off the ocean for the entire run. It was perfect.

After this I was finally able to relax with the rugrats and cool down with a freezer pop!

Popsicles! So hot!

We don't have an A/C unit. :( The hot days are so far and few between it just doesn't make sense to have one in our house. So we cool down with fans and popsicles!

Have you tried Shipyard's Melonhead?

Do you have an A/C unit in your house?

Have you ever skipped a long run and had to make up for it on a work day? Do you ever break your long runs up into two parts like I did?

Does your town have a Summer Solstice Celebration?

(Lots of questions, but I love reading your answers!)



  1. I have no idea what a Shipyard's Melonhead is, but it sounds like something I might like.

    We have central air. We live in Florida, so...

    I SAH, so I've never had to make the run up during a work day, but I dod get off schedule. I never broke up a run into two parts, though.

    No summer solstice festival here. I wish we did. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    1. It's a summer beer lol! It's watermelon flavor supposedly. I could taste a little fruit flavor. It was good :) I wasn't sure how breaking my run up into two parts would go. Hopefully it still carries over...

  2. 1. never tried a shipyard melonhead, but now i'm intrigued! 2. i have a window unit a/c unit, and i live in a studio so it only has to be on for like 5 mins and the place is cool. i also have a really high tolerance for heat, so i rarely even turn it on. my regular fan is just fine :) 3. my long runs arent that long yet, but i will let you know as soon as i build up more endurance! 4.no! but i wish it did! that solstice celebration looks so fun! and ps- elijah is the cutest kid everrrr

    1. With your high tolerance to heat do you get cold really quickly? I have a high tolerance to heat too, but not when the humidity is as high as its been. I kept telling the kids, "Don't touch me!" lol Thanks! I think he is the cutest kid ever too, but I'm his mom. :)

  3. Zumba in the streets? That's awesome! And I'm jealous that you got to spend some time relaxing in the sun, sounds great! And I think it would be hard to make up a long run on a work day, way to make it work for you!

    1. It is pretty awesome. I've never participated. I've never done Zumba, but it looks like a blast! Thanks Ari!

  4. Living in the most humid part of the country I believe, it was 95 here with the heat index of about 103 so I really think we would melt if we didn't have air conditioning here!! It makes for some SUPER sweaty outside runs though :)

    1. It wasn't quite that hot here... high 80s to low 90s yesterday (same today) but the humidity must be near 100%. It's crazy! It does make for some super sweaty running!