I have been lucky enough to have several awesome workout buddies over the last six years or so:
Meghann and Megan (my Orlando running buddies)
BFF Lauren (we trained together â€˜virtuallyâ€™ through emails for the Disney Marathon)
Nicole (we used to be neighbors here in Charlotte, and it made it super easy to run together)
James (well, heâ€™s more of a walking only kind of pup, but thatâ€™s okay)
I donâ€™t have a grown-up human workout buddy right now, but I do have James and Henry. We go on long walks a few times a week together, and Henry comes with me for all my training workouts. I think Henry is going to spend a few toddler years thinking that heâ€™s getting a workout by sitting in the jogging stroller, because I always high five him after runs and say, â€œDid you have a good run? That was hard! You did great!â€ Hah.
Exercising in pajamas, no big deal.
Last nightâ€™s workout was a swim. And not just any swim. A really loooong swim. 2500 yards! The furthest Iâ€™ve ever done. We ended up going in the late afternoon, so I was a little concerned that Henry would have a meltdown in childcare, but he was a champ. He loves the ladies at childcare â€“ and there are so many fun toys.
Before leaving, I prepped my post-workout smoothie (almond milk, banana, strawberries, greens, and a huge scoop of peanut butter). Iâ€™ve been making an effort to be good about fueling immediately after my workouts I know â€“ and Coach Marni reminds me a lot! â€“ that fuel is very important to my training. I simultaneously call childcare at the gym and make a reservation for Henry. And then I grab all of our stuff â€“ diaper bag, swim bag, and snacks and drinks for all. Oh, and I transcribe my workout from my training sheet onto a sheet of paper so I can stick it to the side of the pool.
The 2500 yards went great. The actual race distance is about 2100 yards, and I am so glad that Iâ€™ll be regularly swimming further than that. I definitely need to feel very, very confident about swimming 1.2 miles â€“ I would love to get through this triathlon without a panic attack! KWIM?!
And Workout #2 took place this morning â€“ it was a one hour long run. I love run days because they are the simplest for me. I just grab Henry and his necessary gear, open the jogging stroller, and go. We did 6.0 miles this morning and occasionally listened to music / Elmo music videos on my iPhone speakers.
I ran in new shoes (Brooks Ghost 5s), which I finally got around to purchasing last week. I really needed new shoes! Pretty colors, right?
And hereâ€™s breakfast. Iâ€™ve been mixing a dollop of pesto into scrambled eggs â€“ so good!
Summer nectarines are so good right now.
In conclusion â€“ my current workout buddy is a blast. I miss my grown-up buddies, but Henry and I have a lot of fun.
Healthy Living Summit Update
This yearâ€™s Healthy Living Summit will take place in the Twin Cities. HLS will be held over September 13 â€“ 15, 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis. I was one of the founders of HLS back in 2009, and although Iâ€™m no longer involved in the planning (and unable to make it this year!), I urge you guys to check it out! Itâ€™s a blast, and you donâ€™t have to know people in real life or be a blogger to attend. Registration is now open.
Do you have a workout buddy? Old, young, faraway, right down the road? Four-legged and furry?