Awwww, August. The real deal of Summertime.
In the intense heat and sticky humidity of these Summer days (and nights!) I sometimes forget that I love summer. I love summer dresses and green trees. I love outdoor concerts and rendevousing at patio bars. I love crisp white wine and iced nettle tea. I love submerging in woodland swimming holes and fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes. I even love sweat-soaked, 90* summer runs.
It’s become a ritual/habit/practice for me on the first of the month to look at my exercise over the previous month and set goals/guidelines for the coming month. July was an active month! Full of hiking and Pilates, running and strength training. But wait! What happened to yoga?! Hmmm, seems to be taking a little summer vacay from my life for the past few weeks.
My main goal for August is to get back on the mat. Usually I set a number of workouts per week, like 2-4 yoga sessions. This month my yoga goal is to practice “regularly”.
With three weeks to go until the
Crazy Captain Thurmond Challenge, it’s time to get serious about running long distances UPhill in the middle of the day. The running plan for August is 2-4 per with some longer distances (6-7 milers) and hill training for the next two weeks. Yesterday I ran/walked a sweaty, slow, and hilly 6.5 miles and it made me really excited for this event!
Strength training and Pilates remain pretty steady lately. I am happy with my 3 strength workouts and 2 Pilates workouts per week and plan to continue with that schedule.
Teaching updates! Cville readers; I am teaching 7pm mat Pilates at the Downtown ACAC starting tonight, and a Vinyasa yoga class and a Modern dance class (two separate classes) at Dance Explosion on Tuesdays starting after Labor Day. E-mail me, gracefulfitness at live dot com, for more info!
What are your August exercise goals? How do you plan to challenge yourself or change your routine this month?
Having just moved back to the South (!!!), my goal is to find a way to love running here…the hills, heat and humidity are KILLING ME. I’m getting out and doing it, but I’m not loving it….dare I say I dread it.
I am also joining the Y right down the street! Mmmmm, air conditioning! 🙂
Sarah@The Flying ONION
I love new months and all of the goals that bloggers are making. 😀
I’m with you on loving summer! Even down to the sweat-infused runs. They’re lovely, really. Especially when there’s watermelon to cool down with. 😀
And great idea on the yoga front! I definitely would like to kick it up a notch this August. 😀
I’m working out 4-5 days a week. Now that I’m going back to school, I’ve decided I’m going to take my workout clothes to work & change there; then drive straight to the gym. If I go home & sit down, I’ll never get to class.
My cardiologist has told me not to exercise outdoors during this weather. It was an actual temp of 109* yesterday + high humidity. So whatever I do will be done indoors. Started today with 30 min of yoga, 45 on the bike and some light lifting. That’s what it’ll be most days for the rest of this month. I’ll be glad to walk outside again when it cools down.
Just an FYI – I turned 61 on Sunday.