Fourth of July Done Right

There’s lots to blog about trip-wise, but for now, let me offer you a glimpse into how we celebrate the Fourth of July, Run With Holly style!

1. Alarm at 5:30 AM.  Consume red, white, and (unfortunately) no blue breakfast (quinoa, Greek yogurt, raspberries).  In retrospect, I wish I’d taken 30 seconds to wash a few blueberries.  That would’ve helped the holiday theme.

2. Take the pup out.  My parents currently have temporary custody of an adorable little Yorkie, and I forgot that dogs need to go out  So out we went.

Take me outside, and I'll love you forever.  Or at least until my favorite human gets out of bed!

Take me outside, and I’ll love you forever….or at least until my favorite human (my Mom) gets out of bed!

3. Run Twenty Miles!  [I swear I’ll tell you all what I’m training for in a post soon. I’m not trying to be secretive, really, I just haven’t written the post yet.]  A few things really made today’s run a success:  The weather was extremely humid, but cooler than Singapore, I was fortunate to be able to vary my route a lot, and two awesome family members stepped in to help me pass the time.

I did the first 6 miles solo, on my standard “Lake Loop”.  The roads were all quiet, and I just soaked in everything.  Well, everything except the ginormous, ostentatious new houses.  I scowled at those.  Progress. Pshaw.

After a brief stop home, where I picked up my hydration pack and my husband, we set out on a one-way run up to my old high school.  I’ve actually never run this whole route before, and I entertained KMN for most of the 9 miles with stories of where my car broke down my senior year, and where my bus used to drive, and where the really curvy parts are, and “Hey that General Store didn’t used to be there!”.  He was riveted, I swear.  We also passed a (very) small local zoo, where one of the employees was rescuing a small turtle who was trying to cross the road.  I hope they both had a happier July 4th as a result!

We arrived at the school, where my Mom and her friend were doing a walk/run workout on the track. I joined them for an interval or two, then set out to complete my last 4 miles as small loops and short out-and-backs.  I explored Pigeon Hill Road (not much has changed), made some parking lot loops, decided a full-on tick check wasn’t worth it for two miles on the cross country trail, and instead looped around the athletic fields.

KMN joined me on the track for my last mile. And while my body appreciated the springy track surface, my mind seized as it realized it had to do FOUR laps.  But I took them one at a time (and KMN talked me through the last two) – then BOOM, twenty miles in the books!  Done, and done.  The annoyance of those track laps melted away, and I was a happy girl!

4. Quick recovery: Hydration, electrolytes, and some stretching.  And rolling.  Always rolling!  Over the next hour, I grazed on blueberries, eggs, and toast – all while working on….

Foam Rolling on the Fourth

Repeat after me: I pledge allegiance, to the foam roller…

5. Party Prep!  A few dear, dear friends of mine are coming over for a casual BBQ this afternoon, so I got busy making chocolate chip cookies, quinoa salad, and cornbread.  As tempting as it was to sit down and rest, I think that I maintain momentum best after a long run by…not stopping.

6. And now, I’ve paused to write this post.  We’ll see how things stand when I, well, stand – but I’m optimistic.  My legs are tired, but feeling good.  Plus, I’ve dressed in a very patriotic black and white outfit, from head to toe.  I must confess that I regret having left my red calf sleeves in Singapore, though.  They would have been the perfect accent piece for today!

Calf sleeves: Almost as many blog appearances as my husband!

Calf sleeves: Almost as many blog appearances as my husband! Please ignore the gnarly feet…

We made a balsamic blueberry pie.  I'll let you know how it is...after we taste it!

We made a balsamic blueberry pie. I’ll let you know how it is…after we taste it!

Do you have a favorite red, white, and blue food?  

Is eating red, white, and blue food on the Fourth of July strange?  I think it might be, but I’ve been brainwashed by seeing so many of those strawberry/blueberry flag cakes on Facebook that I’m not quite sure anymore.

Rochesterians: We’re heading your way tomorrow!  What are the awesome happenings for this weekend??



15 thoughts on “Fourth of July Done Right

  1. Debbie @ DebRuns

    Congrats on your 20-mile training run! I can’t wait to hear what you’re training for! Enjoy your afternoon with your friends!

    I like stopping by Wegman’s and picking up red, white, and blue M&M’s in the M&M individual color self-serve thingies. 😉 I pinned a million red, white, and blue ideas to my Pinterest boards, but made none of them!

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahaha. Pinning is at least half of execution, right? 😉

      And if they were dark chocolate, I’d be so, SO there. [Heck, who am I kidding – I even like the regular ones!]

      Also? Can’t wait to hit up Wegmans tomorrow. =)

  2. Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    Way to go on your 20 mile run! Sounds like a lot of fun! i can’t wait to hear what you are training for! happy 4th. I am not making any red white and blue treats. Except I did eat strawberries and blueberries but that was pretty unintentional.

  3. Meagan

    I usually don’t like little dogs, because they tend to be yappy, but that Yorkie is too cute! Awesome job on your 20 miler! That is a distance I have yet to experience, so I can only imagine how tough mentally it would be do to the final mile on the track. Talk about mental training!

    I love strawberries, but I am not a blueberry fan. However, I do love blueberries when they are part of a mixed berry fruit smoothie. I don’t know why that is 🙂 Either way, I do not think it is weird to eat red, white, and blue on the 4th of July. It’s patriotic!

    1. Holly KN Post author

      The Yorkie is darn cute. I don’t want to keep him, but if you know any responsible individuals looking for an adorable Yorkie, do let me know. 🙂

      Hm. All I know is that blueberries in smoothies = must brush teeth. =)

  4. Grace

    Happy no-longer-a-colony day! My running outfit yesterday was red (shoes), white (shirt), and blue (capris) completely by accident…

    Well, hurry up and write that post about what you’re training for. I’m dying to know. 😉

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Simply awesome! I enjoyed every second. Well, except for the second when I overcooked the quinoa. But whatever. It was fantastic!

  5. Kristen L

    Congrats on completing your 20 miler! It is always an accomplishment. 🙂 I look forward to hearing what you are training for.

    I had some red and blue jello yesterday.

    Say ‘Hi’ to Rochester for me — haven’t been back there in a while.

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  7. Logan @ Mountains and Miles

    I have those same compression sleeves. Love them.

    That’s so great that you got to mix your long run up so much and enjoy spending time with so many different people!

    20 miles on the 4th of July? Tough cookie. I think I would only do that to shove my face with more BBQ and pie, ha.

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahaha. Funny thing, I’m not usually SUPER hungry the same day as my long run – the runger usually hits the next day. Thankfully, we had leftover pie. 🙂


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