10K Update 4 AKA Summer Time…

About that 10K goal.  Ya, I still have it.  But how do you take anything too seriously when it’s summer time and you are living in Tampa? If you know don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.


Ya, huge Sublime fan here.

Summer is always a little bittersweet if you ask me.  The possibilities are endless, except for that whole gotta feed the kids 9-5 thing.  My 9-5 is as a technical analyst. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, I actually have to think 8-10 hours a day.  Nerd that I am I enjoy it, but when I’m done I’m done, and this is what’s left.  🙂

Anyways, back to my 10K goal.   I have been following the plan minus the cross training. I do yoga after every run, sometimes quite a bit, but that’s a much cross training as I’ve done since starting the 10K plan.  Until this week, when summer time hit.

First, I started the Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge which, as all things do that look super easy at first, kicked my butt by the second week and reminded me that people who do not cross train are weaker than people who do. So ya, my legs are a wee bit more tired than they should be.

Then, to celebrate and make official summer I went paddleboarding AND kayaking.  I paddleboarded out, switched with my boyfriend and kayaked back in.  Best of both worlds!  You want some excellent cross training, try anything with a paddle.

Then, to also celebrate and make summer official I went for an hour swim.  It was both hella fun and hella exhausting.

And then I realized.  I have the choice of continuing to try to up my distance running each week, jumping into all kinds of other crazy exhausting but fun other summer activities, or trying to do it all.  I choose a lazy combination of all of the above.  I’m going to stick to running 4 miles on the weekend for a while and swim, paddle, hike, and other summer stuff my heart out.  I still intend to gradually add distance to my ‘long runs’, but not every week until I get used to all the extra stuff I’ve been doing.

I had my eye on a cool sounding 10K in July, but it specifically said it was NOT for run/walkers. That’s intimidating since it would be my first 10K and I’ve never done a 5K that wasn’t a mud run or fun run. Plus some people said that it was not only extremely hot in spite of being a night run, it was extremely dark in some parts which would make me nervous running by myself barefoot or not.

I’m thinking I will let summer be summer, gradually continue with my plan but repeat weeks as much as I want for a while, and look for a 10K when it starts to cool off a wee bit, maybe in September. I feel pretty good about this since paddleboarding and swimming are WAY more exhausting than running so they can only help my running in the long run (no pun intended).

So, what is my current goal? Paddle a lot, run 3 days a week consistently (hopefully including trails but not ticks, a whole ‘nother post)  listen to a while lot of Sublime, Weezer, Slipknot and such, appreciate the local bars, wineries and breweries, visit some aquariums and generally live like a tourist because I DO live in vacation land after all.

These guys agree with me, I’m pretty sure.


I’ll leave you with an entirely inappropriate but yet completely my favorite Sublime song because it’s summer and so I can.


How about you, do you change your plans for summertime even if you are an adult who doesn’t get the benefit of being off for the summer? You should!

I am. After all, I wouldn’t even be kinda zennish if I didn’t.


15 thoughts on “10K Update 4 AKA Summer Time…

  1. Yikes! I am tired just reading this! LOL But I am not runner due to back issues and do strength training instead. In the summer (hot and humid here in SC) I like to train outside so I can sweat like crazy:) Not the glowing kind of sweating, but the pools at your feet kind of sweating. Good luck with the training!

  2. I’m sure your 9-5 benefits enormously from this regime, both the fitness and the refreshing change of mindset. Our summers here in Nova Scotia are neither very hot nor particularly humid and are very short which means that lots of work in the garden is compressed into a few weeks. After using muscles that aren’t used to so much action for most of the year, I am happy to walk off the aches. Except when being chased by wildlife !

    • I have to admit I tend to be more sore after working in the garden that after anything else. The whole being chased by wildlife / dogs is no fun, but it does make for a great story later!

  3. Good luck with your training. Don’t complain about the summer in Tampa…Some of us are so jealous of your weather. You guys also have the benefit of having AC in your gyms etc. which we can only dream about here.

    • I moved here from Arizona, so I agree I can’t complain too much about the weather here. But it can be hard to remember when it’s so humid you think you really may be melting this time!

    • I bought a used treadmill a few months back and put it pretty much in the middle of my living room so I have no excuses. 🙂 Also, my dogs love jumping over it so I guess that’s a plus?

  4. Exercise should be fun and if you can throw adventure into the mix then I am sure the whole experience of getting in shape and prepared for a 10K would be that much more enjoyable; the, if you are like me, you will keep on doing them.

  5. Keep up the good work! Exercise is essential for us unless we want out bodies to stop working. My sister’s father-in-law was swimming regularly until he was in his 80s. When he stopped his body gradually stopped as well.

  6. I am not a runner, but I do get things moving in the summer. I start do agility trials with my dog and we both have to be in shape to run. The best thing is get off the couch.

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