Weekly Wrap: Chasing Summer Fitness Goals

Even with the heat wave this past weekend summer is in fact winding down. In just a few short days we’ll turn the page to September and (hopefully) cooler temps will soon follow. Though this week started out with me being sick and threw off my training slightly, I am definitely taking advantage of what is left of summer.  Weekly Wrap marontherun.com

Earlier this summer I set a few summer fitness goals. I knew I’d be taking a bit of a running break but definitely wanted to keep up with my general fitness. It’s not hard to motivate me to workout but having goals definitely helps:

  • 10-12,000 steps a day
  • Body Pump 2x a week
  • Testing the waters
  • Take advantage of free in DC
  • Getting fit with friends (check out my Fit Retreat recap)

Overall I did pretty well with my step count this summer – walking errands and taking evening strolls when it wasn’t too oppressive outside helped. This is what happens though when sickness derails your sleep and step counts: FitBit stats marontherun.com

After 3 days of very few steps and a lot (a lot) of sleep I woke up Wednesday feeling back to my normal self, thank goodness. I mentioned using Higdon’s HM3 plan running 3 days a week. I missed my Sunday long run and a Tuesday easy run so instead of trying to make it up I just jumped back into my training schedule which called for cross training. My favorite day of the week because the noon class with Blake at Zengo Cycle is amazing. I took it easier than normal and hydrated a ton but it was great to 1) get out of the house and 2) sweat. 

By Thursday I was ready to run and the weather was still fairly mild (I’m mad I missed all the really nice weather being sick, boo) and was able to get a 4 mile run in plus a strength training session at the gym. I missed Body Pump Tuesday and don’t really like the Thursday instructor so went with weight training on my own. I have been doing really well on my Body Pump goal and have done a couple weight increases. 

Even though I slept half my week away I was so ready to see Friday! It was another cross training day so I opted for 45 minutes on the elliptical. Half way through my workout I got a text from Cynthia who was looking to do some post work fitness so I threw out the idea of SUP. What a great idea this turned out to be!  SUP view marontherun.com

We met up at the Key Bridge Boathouse where the last boat goes out at 6:30 pm and must be in by 7:30 pm. The line was long and it was still quite warm but we were still able to get a quick hour out on the Potomac. It was Cynthia’s first time doing SUP so I gave instruction the best I could and she did a great job! We paddled towards the Kennedy Center and back. It was a lot of fun, and holy cross training!! Mar SUP Potomac marontherun.com

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Mar Cynthia SUP marontherun.com

Photo Credit: Cynthia | You Signed Up for What?!

You also can’t beat the sun setting on the horizon. Just an amazing and relaxing time on the Potomac!SUP sunset marontherun.com

Saturday I opted to do my long run in the morning and boy was it hot! Luckily Rock Creek Park offers a lot of tree cover and shade so at least it was a little breezy. I had 7 miles on tap and by the end everything was soaked so why not ease into the skid?    

Sunday found me on the Potomac River again – only this time it was kayaking’s turn for more fitness fun with friends. We paddled up and down the river, then to Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center and back for 2 hours of kayaking.Kayaking marontherun.comA couple months ago I bought a Living Social deal for several discounted hours of paddling and kayaking at Boating in DC. With the vouchers expiring at the end of September it was time to put them to good use! Perfect bookend to the weekend – and boy were my arms tired!Mar Kayaking marontherun.com 

How was your weekend? Any SUP or Kayaking fans out there? Linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. 

21 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap: Chasing Summer Fitness Goals

  1. An hour of sunset SUP in scenic DC with a friend sounds like the most delightful activity! The kayaking looks good too — ’cause you know I love my water activities. I’m so ready for cooler temps. It’s not looking good for me yet. Thanks for linking, Mar!

  2. I hate when I miss great weather by being sick or just too busy with inside stuff to enjoy it! Sounds like the extra sleep did you good though!

    Looks like you had lots of fun on the Potomac! Enjoy it while you can, right?

  3. Boo to being sick the early part of last week 🙁 I was sick last weekend so definitely sympathize. I’m glad you seem to be feeling better. All that time on the river looks so fun! I haven’t gotten in any paddling this Summer and the one time I did make it to a river for some tubing, I ended up a bit sun sick. Hopefully as it turns into fall and cools of a bit I can spend some time outside on the water.
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  4. I need to look into that HM3 training plan you mentioned Mar! Doing a streak this summer has me wanting to cut back a lot but still train for a half. Is that possible?
    Well we will see. Loved the kayaking pictures, I need to get mine back out and in the water!! Have a great week Mar!
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