Have I mentioned that I felt super motivated one day and signed Jon and I up for a 5k each month through September? Well – I did.

July’s was the Fireball Classic. It was on July 3 – the start of our vacation – and started at 9PM. It’s generally blazing hot around here in July, but it wasn’t so bad that night. I actually wore a long sleeved shirt because I was a little cold (I’m ALWAYS a little cold) and was fine. It helped that it rained nearly the entire race.

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I ran with a friend/co-worker who was doing her first ever 5k (and is participating in RunKNOX this time around) – and we came in at 36:13. I knew I wasn’t going to be shattering any of my records since I talked throughout just about the entire race (and I could see our pace on my watch) – but we had fun. Her goal for her first race was 36, so we were super close.

Jon did his own thing and came in at 26:50 (pace 8:39). His goal was < 27, so he was happy. The speed program has definitely been beneficial for him. The rain/lack of heat and the mostly flat course helped out, too.

A bunch of people from our running group were there, so it was a fun night.

The next day or so, the heat was back and I was back at it on the greenway.

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Next up for August is the Hotter ‘n Hell (American Cancer Society) 5k.
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We’re at the beach this week. We chose Tybee Island, GA this time around.

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We brought Henry and Jon’s child #4 and Jon’s mom joined us.

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We’ve spent the week biking, walking, sightseeing and doing all the things you do at the beach.

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(178 stairs to the top.)

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We’re staying at the N end of the island, which isn’t so terribly crowded – but we’ve ventured out quite a bit (and found the crowds).

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We kayaked one day.

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We signed up for a tour that took us to a couple of little islands (one with a lighthouse) to explore.

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They climbed to the top of the rickety old thing, but I just couldn’t do it. I got halfway up and bailed when I saw that the next step would be a decrepit ladder.

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I am terrified of water + can’t swim, so I was pretty anxious about this. I’ve kayaked once before – but had no idea what to expect this time around.

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I’m glad I did it. Fun day.

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We’ve explored a lot.

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Spent a day in Savannah, GA (and took a tour).

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And we’ve (mostly unsuccessfully) tried to keep up with the running we’re supposed to be doing.

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It’s SO HUMID that it’s nearly impossible. I was supposed to run 4 or 5 mi one day and wound up at 1.75 instead – and was happy to have made it that far. I’m just not ready for this kind of humidity drama. Jon’s daughter has a pretty rigid summer training schedule since she starts college soccer in a month, but she has been struggling, too. It’s just awful.

We’ve been cooking (and drinking) at home quite a bit.

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But we’ve mixed it up fairly well with meals out.

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I think I’ve had dessert about twice a day now for nearly the whole week.

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Overall – decent balance, I think – which is always my goal.

It’s pouring rain today and is expected to do so for much of the rest of the weekend. We’re contemplating going home today (a day early) since we’re mostly exhausted and ready to get back to normal.

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Fun week, though. Sad to see it end.

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