This Week’s Top 6-2-3

• A 2 hour and 45-minute spin on the trainer, watching IM Kona on TV.
• Light jog on the grass, nursing my ITB, while watching my friends do their normal track workout.
• A 17.24-mile run with Gayla – yup, we’re getting up into the big miles now!
• Hit some golf balls on the driving range with my 16-year old nephew O’Neill after his tournament (auntie played impromptu chauffeur and a little hooky).
• An hour or two in a hot Jacuzzi where I was house/dog/bird sitting for my training partner Sandy – the day after that long run.
• A 700-yard tune-up swim in the Bay with Stacey.

• Dipsea (a dog named after the famous trail race) woke me up at 5:39 a.m., just in time for my track workout. She saved me that morning because I accidentally forgot my cell phone (a.k.a. alarm clock) at Stacey’s place the day before.
• The Tour de France is finally under way – how do you say “hooray!” in French?
• Bonus: Fourth of July morning with Stacey (pictured above) at her neighborhood block party brunch.

• “The things we do should consume us. If they don’t, our lives won’t have any meaning.” – Johnny Kelley, long-time Boston Marathoner.
• 45-year old marathoner and mother of six, Cece St. Geme, attributes her great abs to her daily core-strengthening routine that she does with the high-school track team: 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, and two minutes of plank pose. She makes my 50 push-up challenge seem altogether wimpy!
• A tip from Real Simple magazine: To improve your balance, try brushing your teeth standing on one foot (I may end up falling on the toilet since my equilibrium is really, really bad).

"Issues" Count: I was so close to being caught up until the mail came this weekend!

New Magazines: 4
Old Magazines: 6