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Are You Ready for Summer? and I Tried it! Odlo Summer Running Gear

Disclaimer: I received gear from Odlo in exchange for my unbiased review. This post also contains an affiliate link.

After an underwhelming Memorial Day weekend–cool and breezy–as the week went on, Mother Nature turned up the thermostat! The heat is on–is it ever! and it looks like it’s here to stay.  Time to adapt and adjust the training plan, I guess!

Sunday’s trail run was steamy!

Weekly Rundown
Monday: Murph
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: Global Running Day trail run 6 miles
Thursday: strength training
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: waterski!
Sunday: Ice Age Trail 6 miles, waterski


Wednesday was Global Running Day and I took my shoes to the trails. As always, I had no route planned and started off meandering through the woods. I didn’t lose the trail this time and as I was running around the lake, I spotted 2 runners doing hill work on the sledding hill. About 10 minutes later, we crossed paths. I’m in a FB group of trail runners for this particular preserve, so I ‘knew’ them. We chatted for quite a while before resuming our runs. There were a few people on the trails this time. I was reminded that I need to go earlier if I want the trails to myself! And yes, I found the flamingo again; I wonder where he’ll be next time…
I got up and out the door early Friday morning to beat the impending heat. The wind was blowing in from the west and along with it, the humidity. I was still sore from Monday’s Murph and Thursday’s strength sesh. Seriously, I should have skipped this run. I wanted to turn around so many times. I had to stop to walk more than once to let my heart rate come down. I knew that I’d have that tailwind on the way back, so I pushed myself to the turnaround at 3 miles. I never regret a run, ever. But I won’t lie when I tell you that this was one of the toughest runs I’ve had in a while.
Tired and sore from all the waterskiing I did on Saturday, I forced myself out the door early to get my 6 miles in at the Lodi segment of the IAT. I wanted to beat the heat and hopefully the FLIES–remember my Attack of the Killer Flies episode from last summer? I was a little bit anxious about a repeat, but thanks to my insect spray, the few that swarmed me didn’t bite me this time. The temperature warmed up in a hurry but I surprised myself with some nice pacing and some uphill running. I spotted a few painted rocks, which were well hidden after a troll posted in our IAT FB group that he picked a bunch of them up and threw them in the trash. I didn’t know this, but some people don’t feel that anything should be left behind, even well-meaning artistic artifacts. I like the rocks. They put a smile on my face. I also liked all the wildflowers I saw! I have been struggling to identify them, but did you know there’s an app for that? It’s called SEEK and you can get it on the app store. It’s amazing. 
The Seek app identified these as Western Spiderworts. They were abundant in the meadow where I ran.


Monday was Memorial Day and I did the full Murph: 1 mile run, 100 (banded) pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and 1 mile run. I finished in 52 minutes, which I was pretty happy about! I felt fine afterward, but as the week went on, the DOMS got worse. Way to make a person feel old.  By the way, the last mile was HARD and this meme is so much truth:
Still feeling sore from Murph, on Thursday I met with SJ for my weekly strength sesh. She started me off with a 10 minute EMOM of alternating front and back squats. Fortunately, they were only ‘moderately heavy’–her words– but by the final round, my glutes were crying for mercy. After that, I worked on kip swings as prep for my next goal: Toes to Bar! I alternated those with agility work, which was both humorous and humbling!


It’s always a sure sign of summer when I get to add a waterskiing section to my weekly wrap! With the temperature hitting 90 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday, we headed back up to the lake, this time with my oldest son tagging along. I couldn’t wait to try out my new waterski! It was windy and the water was choppy, but we gave it our best. After dinner, we went out in the boat for a ride down the river. By the time we returned to the bay, the wind had calmed down and I enjoyed a nice long ski sesh behind the boat. We also took a quick spin around the bay after my run! My new ski did not disappoint and I look forward to a fun summer on the lake!
My pretty pink ski made its Wisconsin debut this weekend!

I Tried it! Odlo Summer Running Gear

A few weeks ago, I received some gear from Odlo to try out. Odlo is a performance clothing brand, based in Europe. In the US, REI carries their line of clothing. I was sent the AXALP Trail 2-in-1 6 inch shorts and the ZEROWEIGHT CHILL-TEC t-shirt. As soon as I opened the package, I was in love. The shorts have a liner that prevents chafing and provides support. Both layers are thin and light. I thought the shorts would be hot but they are moisture-wicking and very comfortable! There are 3 low profile pockets along the back waistband; one is zippered. I love, love, love these shorts! The top is so light, it feels like tissue paper. The only seams are along the shoulders, so chafing is not an issue with this shirt. I found it to be so comfortable and it will be a great top to wear during the heat of summer! 

How was your week? Are you ready for summer? Do you like seeing painted rocks around or do you think they are trash? Have you heard of Odlo gear? 

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Rundown. 

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