Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Back in the Swing

Posted by CheapRunnerMike

Monday morning and it was back to work after a nice week of holidays. It is surprising how quickly we get right back into things and Monday was no exception. I hadn't run as much as I should have on my week off, but with order and routine restored this week I have been right back on schedule. The running holiday may have been what my legs were craving as well as I have had a couple of really quick runs already this week despite a pretty brutal combination of heat and humidity. Exhibit A - Check out the see-through shorts after Monday's run...good thing they're lined!

Yes, that is 99 with the humidity

Tuesday wasn't much better weather-wise, but I got to try out a new 10K route through the neighbourhood. Always nice getting in some new scenery, and I had a really good negative split to boot. It feels great getting back in the swing of things!

I'm also looking forward to a nice quiet date night tonight...CRR is going to watch the kids for a bit while Michelle and I get to go out. We're planning on hitting up the Byron Starbucks so that I can try a new SB Reserve on their Clover machine...and the best part? Michelle's Venti Passion Tea Lemonade is on the house with a reward and my Clover coffee is no charge with a survey I got the other day. Cha-Ching!

Clover Goodness

I have also been meaning to add a summer or race or two to my schedule for a while now as I don't have anything booked until Tower of Terror 10-Miler in October. I had really wanted to sign up for some triathlons, but with the poor weather we have been having and what has seemed like a general lack of time forever, my swimming training has been non-existent. On top of that, the water is FREEZING still and I really have no desire to swim 1500 metres right I decided to call an audible on the triathlon and give a Duathon a shot instead. I've never done one before, but it basically replaces the swim leg of the tri with a shorter distance run. So I registered for the Bluewater Duathlon in Bright's Grove, Ontario (just down the road from the cottage) for the Olympic Distance Duathlon. It consists of a 2.8K run, followed by a 40K bike and then a 10K run to finish up. The race is in two weeks and I'm really looking forward to it! It's nice to have a race coming up on the schedule again.

I'll save myself some agony and skip the swim

As much as it is nice to have my routine back, my favourite routine is still heading up to the cottage on the weekends...because honestly, who doesn't love this?

The World-Renowned Kettle Point Sunset

Only a few more days and I'll be back up to my happy place :)


Have any of you done a Duathlon? Or a Triathlon?

Where is your Happy Place??



  1. I think I would really enjoy a duathlon - I hate to swim so a triathlon is out but biking and running would be great!! Good luck on your upcoming race!

  2. Sugar Coated SheridanJuly 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Oh there really is nothing like running next to the water is there?!

  3. Thanks Kim...I'll do a review of the Du afterwards, I think I'll really enjoy it. I liked doing triathlons a lot last year, but I found out just how bad a swimmer I really was! I thought I could swim just fine, but throw yourself into open water with a bunch of competitive swimmers and you'll find out just how good you really are.

  4. Oh for sure is the best. Especially on those hot and steamy runs when you can pick up a nice breeze...the only time you enjoy a headwind!

  5. I did a duathlon last fall and loved it. I think you will too. The only thing I do in a pool is tan. Ha! Double score at Starbucks! The last pic is a killer shot! Will you guys adopt me?

  6. You would almost think I knew what I was doing with a camera on that last picture (hint: I don't)
    Did you do a review of your Du? If so I'll need to dig through your archives :)

  7. Charlotte@CommitnessToFitnessJuly 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Ah don't you love starbucks freebies?! im on the rewards program so i get a free drink about once a week and i always walk out of there like i just won the lottery. ahh its the little things :) your duathlon sounds like a great alternative to the tri. good luck in it!! my happy place is pretty much anywhere w/ my boyfriend :)

  8. Ya I'm with you on the SB's rewards, they're the best! Seems I get them about one per week or so as well, although I always let Michelle have it since she likes the more expensive bevvies more than I do.

  9. GREAT runs! i'm currently battling humidity runs too and they are way harder than I remembered. You are killing it!

  10. For sure Ashley, this humidity sucks! It really caught up with me today, the realfeel was at 100* when I finished up. Seems like everyone is dealing with hot and steamy weather right now.

  11. katie @ fromicecreamtomarathonJuly 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Great job on the run in that heat and humidity! I think I would die. ;)

    I would love to do a duo! Swimming does not interest me at all! Maybe someday...

    That sunset pic is gorgeous! My happy place is the beach. Unfortunately I only go to a beach about once every 5 years!

  12. 5 years is waaaay too long between beach visits Katie! 5 days seems like a long time to me :)