Raise Your Glass to Summertime Fruit

IT’S FRIDAY!!!

Hello Friends! It’s Friday – I dunno about you, but that makes me happy! It makes Lil Lil happy, too!  Isn’t my niece the cutest? The answer is yes, yes she is.

This was a long week!  I think this crazy 100+ degree heat is taking it all out of me!  So far this week has involved running 19 miles, 3 strength sessions, a long and hot evening at the Royals game and a few late nights watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones. I’m ready to throw in the towel!  Except that I can’t relax yet – my longest run EVER is tomorrow morning with17 miles. I have my new Fuel Belt Slice Insulated Palm Holder in the freezer ready to go and will fill it with gels, gum, chapstick and a rack of ribs. Just makin’ sure you’re paying attention…

I’m excited to try this new water bottle.  The one I used last week wasn’t insulated, and I’m pretty sure I lost three fingers to frostbite.  Wish me luck that this week I don’t melt into a hot pink puddle of spandex on the trail – it’s supposed to be 103*.

Like I said, it’s been a long week and was in a bit of an emotional funk yesterday until I got home from work.  Guess what was waiting for me in the mailbox?My freelance article in Hy-Vee Seasons!  I’ve been vague about it up to this point because I can never really talk about my freelance articles until they are published.  The magazine doesn’t hit the grocery stores or online until July 25, but I was pretty pumped to see the finished product a few days early! 4 pages of editorial is the largest (in terms of length) published work I’ve had so far, and is on a subject that I feel passionate about – the benefits of athletics on children and teens.  I had the honor of interviewing some incredible high school students and coaches, as well as a Kansas City Royals professional scout. Hip hip hooray!

Despite the cauldron-like temperatures, there are a few GREAT things going on right now.  Like amazing summertime fruit!

Last night I whipped up a super easy summer salad to go alongside my Black Bean Pizza. The salad was a yummy bowl of leafy greens, sliced watermelon, slivered almonds and crumbled feta, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.  It was light and refreshing, just what I needed after a sweaty session of Body Pump, where we worked our biceps to my favorite pump-me-up-I-can-kick-your-butt song by P!nk! She rocks my world.

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And since my appetite is that of a blue whale these days, about 23 minutes after my dinner, I wanted a snack.  More summery fruit! Cherries, blackberries and a plum.  Mmmmhmmm.

Have a great weekend everyone!

What is your favorite food to eat when it’s hot? 

What is on your iPod right now, that pumps you up EVERY time you hear it?

 Do you watch Game of Thrones on HBO?  I’m not 100% sold yet, what do you think?

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