Garden Update & Running: June 2018

Happy Summer! The growing garden and hot weather are certainly letting us know we are almost to July. Our garden has grown by leaps and bounds since I planted it last month. It is hard to believe all of this started out as seeds! I think we will have tomatoes, green beans, and zucchini soon. I have already picked a bunch of kale.

Upper left: potatoes and green beans. Middle: zucchini and carrots. Upper right: pepper, cucumber, kale, and tomatoes. 

Upper left: potatoes and green beans. Middle: zucchini and carrots. Upper right: pepper, cucumber, kale, and tomatoes. 

With the warmer weather, we have been enjoying lots of salads and grilling. Our favorite go-to salad is mixed greens, tomato, carrots, pistachios, and feta. I have been mixing in some of our kale and can't wait to add our own tomatoes and carrots. We love pairing this salad with anything grilled: vegetables, salmon, steak, chicken, and/or burgers. 


My other favorite summer time side or snack is fruit smoothies. With fresh strawberries in season, I have been blending strawberries with banana and whatever else we have on hand: milk, yogurt, peanut butter, blueberries, raspberries, and/or even a little spinach for some Popeye Power! Since bananas turn brown much faster in the summer, they are great for freezing to use later in smoothies. I often blend in plain yogurt, but a new yogurt I found is vanilla bean Noosa yogurt. It seriously tastes like creamy vanilla bean ice cream! So very good. 

Summer running can be challenging for some people due to the heat and humidity. I find if you get out the door early enough and have lots of fluids, it is manageable. Even so, I still want to finish most runs like this photo below running through a sprinkler. Jumping into a pool or lake would be even better! Summer is definitely a prime time for ice baths. Taking a cold shower before going to bed can really help with sleeping and sore muscles too. 

Here are some recent workouts I've completed as I transition to speed work after the marathon I did in May. I have some 5k's and a 10k on the schedule this summer, and then I will build back up for another fall marathon.

  • 4 x 800 meters at 5:58 pace with 2 minute recovery jog in between
  • 3 x 1 mile at 6:11 pace with 3 minute recovery jog in between
  • 10 x 1 minute at 5:42 pace with 1 minute recovery jog, followed by 5 x 30 seconds at 5:30 pace with 1 minute recovery jog

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far!! How are you staying cool?