By Meredith Nelson for Island Eye News
Summer on Sullivan’s Island. It’s hot. It’s muggy. The heat is draining, suffocating, and oppressive.
If you’re like me, summer is not a good time to ramp up your fitness routine. Even indoors, where treadmills, indoor cycling classes, and weight stacks live, the heat zaps me of energy and the last thing I want to do is workout.
So I need a goal. A reason to stay fit and something to get me moving, because I’m sure not motivated to do it “just because,” like I may be when the weather is more tolerable. In the book, “Younger Next Year,” authors Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge call it a “kedge.” The definition of kedging is, in nautical terms, to draw a vessel along by hauling in on the cable of a light anchor that has been dropped some distance from it, hence moving the vessel forward. So in the upcoming summer months, I need to find a “kedge:” something to throw out there that will keep me moving forward, training, and active. To keep me motivated in my path towards my “kedge,” it better be motivating, it better be rewarding, and it better be fun!
Fortunately there are a few fun kedges out there in the months ahead. So if you need a goal, a reason to continue (and maybe ramp up) your fitness routine, or maybe even a reason to get started on one, keep reading.
June 7: The 23rd Floppin’ Flounder 5K on Sullivan’s Island.
Although many races in the area have come and gone, the Floppin’ Flounder has managed to stay on course. The Sullivan’s Island Fire Department initiated the event, handing it over to the Charleston Running Club in 2011. One of the last events in the local spring racing scene, the Floppin’ Flounder is always a good time, and this year promises to deliver even more including a great new t-shirt design, fun overall and age group awards, and race medals for the first 30 children to finish.
This year, participants and volunteers will enjoy a not-to-be-missed post-race breakfast provided by Triangle Char & Bar and Black Bean Co. Be sure to stick around after the awards for a chance to win some great raffle prizes. Details can be found on the Charleston Running Club’s Facebook page. The Charleston Running Club hands over half of all proceeds to the SIFD. You can register to run and to volunteer at www.charlestonrunningclub.com.
July 26: The North Charleston Fight For Air Stairclimb
If you really, really don’t like the heat, then you have no excuse not to train for and participate in the North Charleston Stairclimb. Held indoors at the North Charleston Coliseum, you’ll enjoy the air conditioning as you get one heck of a workout (and by that I mean it is like no other, not that you won’t live to tell about it). Benefitting the American Lung Association, one of the cool things about this event is watching the firefighters participate in full gear. Contrary to what you might think, anyone can do this. Learn more about the event at www.climbcharleston.org, or contact Meredith at PrimeTime Fitness (Meredith@primetimefit.net; 843.883.0101) for information about joining, sponsoring, or donating to the PrimeTime team.
August 23 – 28: Fitness Field Trip to Jackson Hole
Now this is what kedging is all about. From Saturday—Thursday, you’ll experience five days of fitness disguised as fun as we travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Hiking, biking, yoga, massage, and more. This trip is all about coming back fitter than when you left home. Contact Meredith (Meredith@primetimefit.net; 843.883.0101) for more details!
If none of these events appeal to you, although you know you do need to keep moving during the summer months, feel free to contact us at PrimeTime Fitness. We will be happy to help you identify a kedge of your own, and make a plan to get to it.