Hello there bloggies! Welcome to Fitness Friday!

I am currently en-route to Old Orchard Beach, Maine after just spending a week full of genetics and heat (get your mind out of the gutter people!) in Newport, RI. My friend’s family owns a home up there and was nice enough to have me up for a relaxing weekend.

Except that before we head off for a weekend of lounging on the beach and playing mini-golf, we are starting off the weekend with a bit of physical activity. We are running the Ocean Park 5K!

In the past year or so, my friend has become a running a fiend. She has run her first 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and recently a full-marathon. Not only that, she is in the middle of training for her next full marathon in the fall. Her commitment and desire for long-distance running, especially for someone so relatively new to it, puts mine to shame!

So, when she asked if I would run this 5K with her when we got into town today, I was more than happy to say yes. But then I quickly realized that this would be my first race since I ran my half-marathon last fall (check out my post on the half-marathon here).

It was a little shocking to me that I hadn’t ran a race since then. True, I had decided to take the winter off from distance running. I wanted to give my legs a bit of a rest and wanted to focus on more HIIT based training (which is what I have been doing). Though, this spring and summer, I have been peppering some moderate long runs between 4-6 miles in.

I am excited to translate that back into a little race again. I’ve made sure to include some runs during this conference in Newport, although the weather has been heinously humid and hot. I have very low expectations for my time. I am more excited to run a race with my friend (which I have never done before) and the environment of these local races. The amount of positivity and fun in these races is ridiculous. So much fun!

Thanks for stopping by Fitness Friday! What races are you doing this summer! Leave a comment below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

See you on Sunday!

-Dr. F