Home For The 4th (and 5th) of July

Hiya, friends!  I hope your long holiday weekend is going great so far!  On Wednesday, I hopped on a flight home to Syracuse, and I’ve been fully enjoying Central New York.


A little different than New York City, right?

My first stop after the airport was Wegmans.  Obviously.


I have yet to find sushi that even comes close to this in NYC.

While home, I needed to complete a tempo run, so I signed up for my hometown’s 4th of July 5-K.


I debated whether or not I should write a race recap, but honestly, there isn’t too much to say.  I did a quick warm-up mile on the high school track, and excluding two big hills at mile one and two-ish where my pace creeped up to 8:1X, I hit and held my tempo pace.  Official finishing time was 23:36 (7:36), which I’ll take for not “racing.”  Shortly after, I took Zelda for a “recovery jog.”


Good news—the Mizuno Wave Sayonaras can withstand both road racing and greyhound walking!

Anyway, later that afternoon, my entire family—aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—came over for 4th of July festivities.


My uncle’s girlfriend’s mother made this patriotic fruit salad, and I had to try really, really hard not to put away the entire spread.  The fruit was delicious, but it was the dip that proved to be my demise: fluff and cream cheese.  Yum!


Other shenanigans ensued.

And yesterday, I completed a five-mile recovery run before hitting the pool.  I mean LAKE!


Words cannot begin to describe how much I missed open-water swimming here.


My 20-minute “workout” consisted of a 10-minute warm up and 10-minutes of intervals.  I swam steady to a predetermined point, then swam hard back, and repeated this cycle.  My mom and dad spotted me, and this was the first time since last year they’ve seen me swim, bike, or run—and they were floored.  They said I looked like a completely different swimmer.  Woohoo for progress!

The rest of my day consisted of napping outside and trying not to get sunburned.


My extended family eventually visited for round two of festivities.  No pictures, but I will say we polished off a bottle of limoncello and citrus-flavored vodka.

How did you celebrate the 4th of July?

10 responses to “Home For The 4th (and 5th) of July

  1. I love that your parents could provide that point of comparison for you!! 🙂 Sounds like a very fun and enjoyable July 4. I’ve never been to a Wegman’s but I really want to at some point, I’ve heard so many great things about them!

  2. Enjoy these precious moments of being able to spend time back home with friends and family! They truly are what’s important in life. From a triathlon point of view – very jealous as the lake looks like a great workout and place to enjoy a wonderful swim (funny how you look at lakes differently now).

    • carriestevens

      Right, though? One reason I was pumped to come home was open-water swimming. I really wanted to bring my bike too, but getting it on the airplane would’ve been too much of a hassle. Next time, I’ll have to book a train ticket sooner! 😉

  3. Wegmans really does make the best sushi. I am obsessed with the sweet potato-avocado roll. Yum. But seriously, I’m glad you had a great Fourth!

    • carriestevens

      My mom and sister love the sweet potato roll! I looked high and low for the citrus tofu one, but couldn’t find it. I’m hoping there’s time for a quick Weggies stop before my flight this afternoon. 🙂

  4. This looks like such a fun weekend!

    How are those Skinnygirl drinks? I have been curious about them.

    • carriestevens

      Skinnygirl was my go-to beverage in college, so I’m a fan. 🙂 It isn’t as tasty as “real” drinks, but it gets the job done with less sugar and fewer calories. 😉

  5. I’m glad you had a great time back home! I love the photo of you walking Zelda, so cute! Love your open water swimming photos too 🙂

    We spectated a race, then went for a ride of about 25 miles and hung out at a pool party all day. Oh and Mike did the beer mile 🙂

    • carriestevens

      That beer mile looked intense. There’s no way I could survive it now–definitely requires “training” of some sort. 😉

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