First things first: Happy National Running Day! Certain you all know how to celebrate accordingly. I'm planning a little 45-minute jaunt that involves plenty of hills--and gratitude that I get to run.
But because I suck at staying in the moment and can't stop obsessing about what is coming next, I have mentally already skipped June and am fixated on July and August. Can you blame me? It's going to be almost 90 here tomorrow.
I've finally got everything settled for the kids--everything from watercolor camp to soccer camp to swim team--so I can exhale and focus a bit on what I'm going to do. I get to shift gears a little bit this summer, which feels good; as much as I love a half-marathon, I'm glad to be out of the 13.1 mindset for a bit.
On July 17, I'm going to race--note: not just run, but race--the ZOOMA Colorado Springs 10k. (There's also a half-marathon if you're in the 13.1 mindset.) I haven't run a 10k in over two years, and although this course has a slight uphill for about 2 miles, I'm ready to let it rip. (Or I will be in about two months.) There's something so crisp and challenging about a 10k; it's short enough to really push my pace, but it's long enough that I have to be smart about doing so. Plus, SBS is coming to my turf for the first time, so it'll be fun to show her around and, of course, hang out at the dynamic and chick-centric ZOOMA expo together.
August 18-21, my running is going to take another hard left when I head to the lovely (and cool: one benefit of being at 9,200 feet) Vagabond Ranch near Granby, Colorado for the 2nd annual Run Wild Retreat. (SBS will be there too, gasping in the thin air.) So psyched for this camp for trail running women, which is a combination of my most favorite things: trail running; getting my ohm on in yoga; eating great food (and going back for seconds without a second thought); spending kid-free time with like-minded, strong, cool women. Plus, this four-day, three-night escape is right before school starts, which is the perfect way for another great big exhale before life gets crazy again.
Needless to say, we would love to have you join us at one or both of these events.
What are your summer plans? (Hint: This is the time to make some time for yourself, if you haven't yet.) Are you racing a new distance? Finding some routes on a vacation? Joining a running club? Let us know, and we'll buzz three random winners into summer with a box of two kinds of Honey Stinger products. On the run, the perfectly bite sized organic Energy Chews, which come in unique flavors like fruit smoothie and pink lemonade, are an all-natural way to fuel your body. Post-run, the Organic Stinger Waffle is a super sweet, smart—just 160 calories!— way to reward yourself for miles well-run. (Note: do not share either Honey Stinger product with your kids, or I guarantee you'll regret it.)
Let us know what your summer plans are to throw your stinger into the ring for some fuel to get you through them.
Thanks for being game for filling out the Viv survey. The winner of the Asics gift certificate is Sarah LJ, who wrote, "Homework downloaded and will probably be done later tonight!" Sarah: e-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com and with your address and we'll get the certificate off to you asap. We'll be sure to keep you all updated on the story.