Okay maybe I’m a little premature in daydreaming about summer. Especially in Oregon where the forecast is rain, rain, hail, and more rain…probably for awhile too.
But really if you think about it, we’re half-way through April and that means we’re getting close to Memorial Weekend and Fourth of July…lots of summer activities and lots of activities that involve FOOD.
Now is the time to prepare for summer, to prepare for the food-orgy that is summer: BBQ, picnics, Brewfest, camping, festivals, beer with friends on restaurant patios, vacations…
Maybe it’s been easy this winter to slack. It’s cold, rainy and snowing. Instead of getting up to run in the freezing cold, maybe you slept in and skipped it. If you haven’t been consistently working out this winter, now is the time to do it! Start your pre-summer workout plan now so that when the sunny days come you’re smack-dab right in the middle of a consistent routine.
Another bonus: you’ll beat those people that flood the gym in May thinking they can get a “bikini body” in 4 weeks. 😉
Let’s take a moment to start planning something to stay balanced. How about challenging yourself to do something new this summer fitness related? That’s also a good way to bust out of a workout-rut, too.
- Rock climbing
- Mountain biking
- Road biking
- Backcountry Hiking/Backpacking
Now is the time to learn how to do some of these things. Then by summertime, you’ll be able to enjoy doing them! For example, Portland has a rock climbing gym. If I was interested in that (I’m not, I don’t like heights) I’d start taking lessons at the indoor gym and find a group of seasoned climbers to befriend before summer arrives.
Or maybe you want to pick up swimming? It’s a fantastic exercise and even better to do in lakes and rivers on a sunny day. If you’re not that great at the sport, take an adult swimming lesson now and practice.
If biking is your thing, now is the time to buy last season’s bikes at a cheaper price. Want to try running? Give “Couch to 5k” a try!
I’m looking forward to summer for a lot of reasons. Michael and I will be training for the Portland Century (August) so we’ll be spending lots of weekends on the bikes. I’ve been trying to bike on the trainer at least once a week all winter long to get my bike fitness back.
Hiking in Oregon is also a fun pastime. I’m definitely going to be doing a lot of hiking this year. Last year I was so busy training for Reach the Beach and Hood to Coast that I neglected a lot of things I liked to do. I’m already making lists of hikes to try.
Something else I REALLY want to try? Rowing! I’ve never been in a canoe or kayak and I’m dying to try it. Oh, and I need to get a hammock. ASAP!
QUESTION: What is something you’re looking forward to trying this summer? Have you been exercising all winter, or are you waiting for summer?
Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
I’m looking forward to training for and completing my first triathlon and doing a lot more hiking and trail running. I didn’t do it too much last year because I was caught up with marathon training but it’s definitely one of my favourite things to do 🙂
Oh and Kayaking is SO FUN! We did it for the first time last summer and I would definitely like to do it more this summer!!
Oh good one! I can’t believe I forgot trail running! I’ve never done it and last winter I even bought trail running shoes too. I never used them because I was so freaked out about potentially injuring myself before Hood to Coast. I definitely want to trail run this summer.
I’m so glad I found your site! I really enjoy your writing and it’s nice to read about topics that are on my mind…ALOT!
Thankfully, I began my new lifestyle of incorporating exercise into my day-to-day routine this winter. And this time .. it STUCK! My daughter is turning 6 in a few weeks (it’s just she and I) and I just bought a good bike for her. So…this summer’s adventure will be getitng out on our bikes on one of the many great trails in our city.
I’m also going to register for my cities Komen Race for a Cure as a runner this year. I’ve done it in years past as a walker. In all honesty…I doubt that I’ll be able to jog the entire 5k, but I will do my best!
and I agree with Amber…Kayaking is a blast!
Thanks for reading Michelle! I’m glad you are finding some useful info in the topics I write about.
That’s great that you can bike as a family. I remember doing that as a kid and it was fun! We lived in Seattle and the four of us would bike the Burke-Gilman trail on the weekends.
Good luck on your 5k!
I have been ready for nice weather! We already are out biking longer distances now – yay! I have missed the bike being outdoors.
This summer since I am probably not going to be running much, we are going to try some hiking instead. I have a Christmas gift certificate to Dick’s and I am going to buy a pair of hiking boots. We have a lot of nice mountains here in the Adirondacks as long we avoid black fly season!
There’s a black fly SEASON? Ick! Do I even want to know what they do?
Do you have an REI in your area? Their hiking boots are great. I have a few pairs.
Leah @ L4L
We actually got back in to the exercise regime at the HARDEST time – the dead of winter, in the midst of a bunch of holidays. I’m soooo looking forward to being able to regularly run outside and take the pup hiking and get some vitamin D! We are planning on going hiking every other Friday, weather permitting obviously.
Good for you guys! My fitness doesn’t really diminish in the winter time but I do switch to other activities. I’d much rather hike/bike/run in NICE weather…
While all those things look like so much fun, here in Florida we have to take our work outs inside during the summer. It just gets too hot (except for swimming of course).
However I did some hiking during our cool season this year, and really want to find smoe more places to go in the fall.
This summer, you have really inpired to start a weight lifting program. So that is what I am going to work on this summer while the weather is too hot for much else.
That is so cool that I inspired you to start weight lifting! I love it!
It’s interesting that you bring up tennis. Tennis is something that my husband and I used to play all the time, but last summer during marathon training I thought tennis would be too much of an injury risk so I put a nix on tennis. In a weird way, this post has helped me think of another reason not to run a fall marathon this year, WHICH IS GOOD, so thank you. 🙂
Isn’t it funny how the things we really enjoy go by the wayside when running/training/racing is involved?