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?