July is definitely here and with it the summer temperatures. But I am not going to complaint because this is Minnesota and it can turn to winter in 2.2 seconds.  So I am definitely taking it.  This July with a lot in my personal life, and it put quite a stress on me.  So much that I turned to the one thing I always do-- running.  

I am what I consider a 'zen runner'.  I love to run but I don't really like racing.  Not sure why.  But lately my running has been sort of blah and I needed something to motivate me and give me a goal.  And so I decided to dust off my old running bucket list on went ahead and signed up for the Twin Cities 10K in September and the craziest thing I have ever done-- signed up for my first half marathon... in Norway.  Hubby and I talked it over, and he is totally supportive of the idea so we will make it the most epic racecation we can. 
My friends think it is crazy for me to do my first half marathon overseas.  What if I get a DNF? All those kinds of questions that make me want to say "Really guys?  How about some support?".  Thankfully it is not for another year (I gave myself plenty of time) plus I hired a running coach for training, which I am so excited for since I sometimes need someone to push me.  So, yeap... we are doing this! :-)

This week was good for running even with the hot temperatures.  I will be the first to admit that running in very hot conditions is something I dread and love at the same time.  Mostly because I had to stop a few times during the runs.  It was just so annoying.  However, I powered through and felt really good that I did. I also have been doing a lot of body weight training and taken it outside because it is beautiful albeit hot.  

But the one thing that I incorporated the most was foam rolling.  I have to admit that I am terrible at stretching and using a foam roller but Saturday night I was in bed and just felt tight and my legs felt uncomfortable, enough that I got out of bed and used the roller.  I think it was probably because I ran my three miles 1:30 minutes faster than I normally do.  It was so good and felt much better after really using the roller.  So glad I listened to my body on this one since I was able to sleep afterwards.

What were you up to this weekend? Any races? 
Have you ever traveled abroad for a race? Do you use a foam roller?


  1. Congrats on taking the plunge and signing up for your first half marathon AND in Norway! Thats going to be amazing! It's not crazy that your first will be overseas. 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles no matter where!

  2. Wow, how exciting that you are doing your first half marathon in Norway!!!

    Good luck and for sure you are going to have a BLAST!!

  3. Oh wow, Norway??? That will be AMAZING, congrats on taking the plunge and you certainly are on the right track for success.

    And foam rolling. Ugh. Love/hate relationship there, too. ;)

  4. I think Norway sounds amazing for a half! As long as you take time to adjust to the time zone why not?!