Jumping into July



do we have any Arizona bloggers? I don’t think so, I’ll just blame those of you who like running in this shit
memes help the melting

That’s all I have to say about the weather, especially as I’m quite lucky compared to those in the Pacific North West. It was miserable here, but not unsafe. To those of you who can run happily in this, more power to you.

While I quit chasing steps, I still log them. Here’s where I am halfway through the year.

  • 2,308,111 steps
  • 1053.71 miles run/walked
  • 548.45 miles run

A little bit up on last year which is good/a pleasant surprise. It’s no doubt driven by the drastic increase in running-my Q2 miles (276.06) were better than my YTD run miles last year (274.96). Pain free running is magic.

Running wise, June was 87.03 miles. The drop from May’s 100 was to be expected, the heat and integration of lots of normal events. 100 miles isn’t a regular goal for me, just one that was fun to hit after coming so close. I’m thrilled with where I am mid year, well on the way to my 900 miles on the year goal even if the return to the office later this year changes my routine up. Hope to get in a few more longer runs this month though.

bookworm book worm! Cari cari book worm!

Speaking of halfway points, I’ve read 46 books on the year. Goodreads says that’s 7 books ahead of schedule for my goal of 80. It would be more, except it’s been too hot to read this week, or more accurately too hot to lay down and read, which is my favorite position when reading indoors. June reads above, 6 of which are from #20BooksOfSummer. Lots of Pride Month reading, not as much as I wanted to for Juneteenth, but it’s a progression.

Kindle Summer Rewards

Did anyone else get this in an email? I can’t wait. Was just talking to my brother and sister in law when they posted about my nephew’s summer reading game about how much I missed our hometown library’s and then this shows up. I guess that brings me to my Bookfession/Shopfession

itsy bitsy!

Yep, I succumbed to Prime Day. Did I need a new Kindle? Not really. Most of the issues with mine could be solved with a reboot, but with the sale, cash back and trade in credit, and did I mention it’s purple-ish? Yeah, I bought myself a toy. Actually haven’t yet read on it since a hard back came in at the library, but will soon.

Oh yeah, on to what this blog is actually about… LOL. Weekly Run Down with Kim and Deborah:

good morning world
  • never miss a Monday: I already stole that, so might as well also steal your #5at5, Kim πŸ˜€ The first of two runrises. It was absolutely beautiful, but the best of the scorchers as the heat index didn’t quite get to 100. Am I more of a sunset or a sunrise girl? I don’t know these days. Such a good “problem” to have.
ice cream is dinner in a heat wave, right?
  • Tuesday: was invited to play in a softball game, but heat index was over 100 and nope. Did go cheer them on though. Did not have ice cream for dinner, although this tempted me.
  • Wednesday: absolutely oppressive and the air quality was awful.Β  Smog makes for pretty sunrises though. I called it good at the turnaround point for 5K and still overshot the ending since I thought I was a block before where I was, heat messes with your brain.
  • Thursday:Β  no recollection. I probably melted. So odd to be out of my normal running routine with rain, rained out schedule conflicts and a Sunday race.
glistening nights
  • Friday: sweet relief. The worst of the storms passed and I went for a night run in the rain. Absolute magic and it reinforced my love of Balega socks. Soaked through, not a single hot spot.
  • Saturday: weird off day from running with a race Sunday. Went to Long Island City for a friend’s birthday party in a beer garden, which meant a nice walk along the Queens waterfront. Nice to see some folks after such a long time.
Flat Cari
  • Sunday: NYC Runs’ Firecracker 10K, which I’ll be running when this publishes. How many times have I said I don’t have red, white and blue? How many times have I not remedied that? Almost comical. Red just isn’t a color I buy a lot of. I probably have a skirt with blues in it if not predominantly blue and I do have red and white shirts, but any excuse to wear the penguin, so blue it is. I think the Skirt is called Fireworks or Firecracker so I’m kind of on brand. We’ll see what the race shirt looks like if it’s usable for future patriotic runs. Given we got a tank in February, maybe long sleeves in July?

15 thoughts on “Jumping into July”

  • Hope the race has gone well. I’ve felt very sad for you boiling away over there while we are mainly washed away by heavy rain and storms …

    I feel like I’d struggle with red white and blue myself, although I do have my LEJOG virtual tshirt with the UK and a flag and one of my 401 shirts has lots of bits of stars and stripes on it!

  • oh I hope you had a fantastic time today! I miss racing and will vicariously through you until I do. I also do not have much red or blue myself. Happy 4th and have a great day

  • Yes, ice cream is dinner on hot days!!

    Sunrise or sunset? Either or both when you live in NYC.

    I forgot that you were racing today. I would have texted you. It was a cool down for us but still felt humid.

  • Congrats on the race! I’m looking forward to hearing how it went. Red is my favorite color, but surprisingly, I don’t own a lot of red. I have an INB eagle/USA tank from years ago and I pull it out every Memorial Day and July 4th. I also ran the Chicago Marathon in it one year, so it has lots of good juju.

    No goal for reading for me, I just read… and read… I’m bored with the new releases so I’m digging into my Kindle daily deals and reading some of those.

  • Oh, a 10k on the 4th of July sounds fun! Hope you got some decent weather for it.
    I’m impressed by your 80 books for the year goal. My goal is 50 and I’m slightly behind- I better pick it up!
    I also do not have red white and blue running clothes. When I run a race on July 4th I remedy that by wearing my red white and blue hair scrunchy. It’s something!

  • Oh, those sunrise and twilight (?) photos are gorgeous. I hope the weather was good for your race β€” I think that skirt looks perfect!

    I read on my iPhone or iPad using the Kindle app, so don’t need a Kindle. πŸ˜‰

  • I hope you had a fun race! I like your choice of skirt. It’s funny, as Wendy said, red is one of my favorite colors too, yet I manage to have almost no red run gear…must fix that at some point.

    Well done on that mid-year mileage!

  • I hope you had a wonderful race Cari! I have lots of blue, not so much red…maybe its my political views creeping into my closet πŸ™‚

  • It was mostly a beastly week. Hooray for a new Kindle! I truly don’t need a new one. I’m actually only on my second. I mostly try to make things last but sometimes I just want something, so I totally get that too!

    Wait, what, Kindle rewards? I did NOT get that email & I need it! My wish list is very long . . .

    Hope you enjoyed your race yesterday. Great day for a race, at least up here, but tied up with family all day so no races for me. Sounds like you had lots of fun stuff going on this week!

  • WOW, you have been reading a lot! Well done, Cari! You know how much I love my sunrises, but I do have to admit they look pretty spectacular when there’s other “things” in their midst, like clouds. I’ve heard smog really amps up the color display (we don’t have any of that here, so I have ZERO personal experience on the matter). I have a lot of red and blue, but I seem to gravitate to a few favoritepieces…so I always have to look back through old race pics to make sure I’m mixing & matching (and not repeating LOL).

  • WOW, you have been reading a lot! Well done, Cari! You know how much I love my sunrises, but I do have to admit they look pretty spectacular when there’s other “things” in their midst, like clouds. I’ve heard smog really amps up the color display (we don’t have any of that here, so I have ZERO personal experience on the matter). I have a lot of red and blue, but I seem to gravitate to a few favoritepieces…so I always have to look back through old race pics to make sure I’m mixing & matching (and not repeating LOL).

  • Oh, yay for a new Kindle!

    Sorry it’s been so hot for you. All that asphalt can really hold it in. We are lucky to get some breeze from the water, but I wish it was more. I can’t imagine playing softball in this. Or doing anything more strenuous than going down the driveway. Ugh.

  • Ice cream is most certainly dinner during a heatwave, especially when it lasts over 3 days, lol. The memes gave me some comic relief last week too. I enjoyed the break in the heat this weekend but we’re right back to 100 degrees tomorrow – ugh!

    You’ve been reading so many great books this year. Every year I say I want to get back into reading and it never happens. Hopefully that changes this year!

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