Hello! Good Morning. Happy July 4th…Happy Birthday America. It’s going to be a fun-sunshiney-day!

It’s 8am and I am currently devouring a Starbucks Bacon Gouda breakfast sandwich and Venti Iced Americano. My go-to Starbucks order. You can shake your head at the sandwich but I LIKE CARBS OK? Plus, nourishment was needed after an amazing 5 mile trail run this morning with my good friend Katie!

Running update #1: trail running kicks ass. I always forget how much fun it is to run the trails. It’s cooler, shadier, and you get varying terrains making street running seem easier (that could be all in my head). It also seems to go by faster (that could also be all in my head).

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Morning smiles after 5 miles

The trail run today felt so good. We did a little over 5 miles in 41:53. There were uphills, downhills, obstacle roots, cornfields, and lots of trees. It felt fast and it felt SO FUCKING FUN.

Running update #2: Running in 80 degree heat at noon is the dumbest thing you can ever do to yourself. My hubby and I were at a cabin all weekend and of course right when we returned Sunday at noon, brains McGhee here (that’s me) decided to go for a run. Setting my sights on 10 miles, I shortly realized “DUH, you know you’re not supposed to run in the mid-day heat.” 10 miles quickly turned into 5. Considering the conditions, the pace hoovered around 8:30 which I was happy with. I did struggle towards the end and walked the last block though.

As soon as I got home, I chugged a Gatorade (Lime Cucumber anyone?), hopped in a salt bath, then proceeded to feel like crap the remainder of the day. On the bright side, I haven’t had to stop a run short due to explosive poops in about 3 weeks. #winning.

Running update #3: Squatting makes you faster. One thing I might love more that running…squatting. It makes you feel strong, badass, and overall better. My legs have never felt this strong before and I believe a lot of that has to do with hitting the squat rack twice weekly (right now, in 2 weeks I will probably only squat once a week). My core also feels stronger and more suited to keep me upright allowing me to use my arms more (if that’s a thing).

Yesterday I hit a new personal best in the back squat at 150 for my 5 rep max and that felt great. What didn’t feel so great? Trying an extra tall box jump, hitting the side of the box, and getting a nice bloody gash on my shin. The second dumb thing I’ve done in the past couple days.

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Bloody shins

So there you have it. How things have been going this week, how I’m feeling, hi’s, lo’s, and the in-between’s.

Cheersing you with an imaginary beergarita in hand (because 8AM is too early to have an alcoholic beverage…or is it).

Happy day!

-Hales

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