With the warm weather here in Virginia Beach, all I can think about is tanning by the ocean. My hair whipping in the wind, and my skin soaking in the sun. My waterbottle strapped to me since I dehydrate quickly… and just generally being on the go. With our lives ramping up for summer, it’s easy to lose sight of our fitness and health goals. It’s far to easy to skip the healthy snack and hit up ice cream at the beach or fast food on the road, but that can quickly undo all of our hard work! Now, I’m not against a little dessert here and there (see photo below), but we can stay healthy (and save some serious money) with a little lot of planning!
What you need:
A sweet little cooler that can roll or be carried to the beach or Busch Gardens (my two ultimate destinations this summer)
Apples/Banana’s with peanut butter
Trail mix (preferably with chocolate, except if you’re gunna be in the sun all day. yucky)
Mini carrots with dip or hummus
Premade sandwhichs (no meat, that can give ya Salmonella)
Tons of water bottles. Freeze them to keep your cooler cold
If you stay healthy during the day, you can afford (both financially and physically) to go out and enjoy yourself in the evening. If you’re heading out to a resteraunt, order a salad with the vinaigrette dressing. If the day in the sun leaves you famished, order the grilled, baked or steamed options and resist ones that are fried or battered (think grilled chicken or salmon with a baked potato or steamed veggies).
Enjoy the sunshine (load on the sunblock!) and stay healthy this summer. I know this girl is aching to enjoy some beach time!
Anyone ever feel like me? I’m about 2 weeks behind on my life, and I never did really get to pause and enjoy spring break. My classes are larger than life and I’m running constantly with my job. And to top it all off, I’ve had the worst training season and any 1/2 marathoner would cringe at my milage. I feel like my world is spinning out of control but I’m going to put my foot down and catch up. This mess is called life and it’s not worth living unless I can get some serious cuddle time with Tyler, sleep, and enjoy the moments while I’m living them.
Anyways, back to my current life, where I’m trying to juggle waaaay to much at a time. I left my earphones at work yesterday, so when we headed out to the boardwalk I was music-less (sad face). Since it was a super short run (2.7 miles) it was ok, and I embraced running on the beach without tunes With the waves rolling in onto the beach, the night life just getting started, and other runners on the boardwalk, it was easy to relax and head into a slow run. I wasn’t racing, I wasn’t going for a personal record (PR), I was just enjoying my run. Sometimes that’s more important.
Today is going to be my long run, and I’m kinda scared. I haven’t run long in 2 weeks, and I’m not looking forward to my blisters and sore joints but I know I’m going to collapse on the couch satisfied. This is my last long run before my half-marathon, so it’s not Skip able!