and i like thattttttt. love me a good Summer Solstice to ring in the best time of the year.
as much as i like snowboarding and fall and all things crisp and autumny and Sept-lovely, i could totally live in a place where it’s 75-80 and sunny year ’round. San Diego is probably calling my name for reals. as soon as it’s this nice in NYC, i’m pretty much beside myself with giddiness and everything in my world is all perfect and lovely and rainbows and dragonflies (because they’re so much more prevalent on the beach and lake than butterflies, and i like them).
i ran in Summer 1st, 2014 with a morning river run,
followed by a fab day with the girls at Long Beach, just an hour’s train ride from NYC. such an easy, perfect little day trip to a rather lovely little East Coast beach. i’m determined to take surfing lessons here at some point.
pretty sure i could spend most of my life just laying on a beach…although at some point i’d need to start writing a book or something. that’d probably be a good beach-life activity. 🙂
i then ended up at a really sweet rooftop bar in Long Island City in Queens, just across the bridge from Manhattan, at the top of the Z Hotel. it was my first time there and i went to celebrate a friend’s wedding earlier that day. the place was really fun, the crowd was great, and the views were spectacular. there’s nothing quite like the NYC skyline at night.
i managed to eek out another run on Sunday morning (in a world where noon still counts as “morning”…hey, we all need to sleep in once in a while) — rather than swing a long run this weekend, i split it up into two shorter ones. that just felt necessary. aka cocktails on Friday night followed by wine on the beach all day on Saturday followed by a rooftop party on Sat night = 5-6 miles felt pretttty darn long enough.
i felt like i needed to be all about balancing my running with the rest of my life this weekend and not beating myself up if i didn’t knock out a 10-13 miler one morning. i really wanted to prioritize time with my girlfriends in the city, as this was the one weekend i’ll actually be in Manhattan for all of June (we all tend to leave and hit lakes/beaches/Montauk on the summer weekends as it’s so darn hot here!). it can sometimes be a struggle for me to not beat myself up if i don’t work out “hard enough” or run “far enough,” and this was a good lesson in balancing my life and being okay with that this weekend.
and i wouldn’t change a single thing about how my first Summer weekend went down…including this spectacle with a dead alligator wall decoration at Botanic Lab on Friday night. certainly took girls’ night to a whole new level.
well, we thought we were funny, anyways. 🙂
hope you all had great weekends!
Tell me something fun from your weekend! How’d you kick off Summer 2014, officially?
Anyone go to the beach?
Any alligator stories? 🙂
25 thoughts on “it’s summmerrrrrr”
Runs and the beach! Sounds like it was the perfect weekend. Happy summer! I started the summer off with a fun/mud run =)
mud run – good for you! i feel like i’d be a disaster in one of those (literally and also mentally lol). hope you had fun!
It wasn’t too muddy, thankfully so I was able to really enjoy it. Thanks for reading!
Glad you had a lovely weekend! I’m also glad you’re not beating yourself up about not getting a long run. I know it’s hard sometimes because we always want to push ourselves to be the best we can be, but we have to remember sometimes that other things are more important.
I kicked off “winter” by enjoying the glorious sunny weather (80 F). One of my friends is leaving the project so we had a Sunday sesh at the Yacht Club (sounds fancy right? it’s not).
80 degrees in “winter,” what a bad deal you’ve got there. 🙂 yacht club sounds super fancyyyyy, i love anything to do with boats. such an easy kill!
Way to kick off summer with a BANG! No beach for me, I was in the mountains instead. 🙂
hmmm doesn’t sound so bad to me, hiker babe. 🙂
I didn’t do much to kick off the first summer weekend, but I’m heading down to the beach next weekend for a paddleboarding lesson and I’m pretty stoked for it!
pleaseeee blog about that because i really want to try it and would love to hear about your experience!
I definitely will!
Summer 2014 has been busy!!! Last weekend wasn’t all that great for me, but I’m happy you had an amazing time!!! XOXO!!! 🙂 🙂
sorry to hear that girl — hope next wknd is better. 🙂
Thank you!!! XOXO!!!
Your weekend sounds amazing and puts mine to shame! Great job on those runs AND spending all the time with friends! I didn’t celebrate the start of summer because I’m boring… 😉
haha thanks and naaa you’re not boring, darlinggg.
Those photos of the Manhattan skyline are fantastic! I love them! I’ve been to Long Beach once and it’s a cute little town with a decent beach!
I like your idea of summer. I want to join.
come on down. 😉
a race + boating on lake george = perfect weekend for me!
Your photos always make me want to come up there for a visit. I miss NYC! And man do I wish I could get to the beach that way! Ours is a 2.5 hour lame drive away. I’d much rather relax and ride along on a train.
I rang in the summer down in VA, so no beach, but it was a fun time!
Shawna, you have such a busy schedule and I’m so impressed that you squeezed in two runs! You are amazing. =)
I hope you have a great weekend!
thanks, girl. 🙂
Looks amazing, great photos and congrats on your run!!! 🙂