Tuesday = Start of Week 3

Hey everyone! I was definitely down for the count at the end of last week. Whatever is going around finally got me. Ick! But I was on the mend and feeling tons better on Saturday. M and I went for a 3.5 mile run and had a great time talking and getting out and for a run on the trail. She was a great companion to have along for the run.

Saturday afternoon was spent with K and we went to a vertical wine tasting which was so much fun. It was great to taste and we definitely enjoyed it before heading to Charles Town for what seemed like a hot second before making our way back home. It was a fun time out and I’m sure it won’t be my last out that direction. It was definitely fun to spend a whole afternoon/evening, ok half a day with K.

Sunday was a slow day, not a whole lot going on so it was nice to relax and recover more from being sick. It was a nice day as well so it was good to get out and walk around as well. But I didn’t do the 35 min walk unless you count the time I was walking around down town at the event going on. I didn’t count it so I hope to get it in sometime this week maybe.

Yesterday I was pretty much useless at work at least for the morning. I was watching the Boston Marathon on my computer and was able to see the men and women finish the events. It was so much fun to watch. I did get a little bit of work done but not nearly as efficient as I usually am. It was also a rest day and I did take that to heart minus 2 laps around my building outside after lunch since it was so nice out. So I did hit my step goal according to my Jawbone Up24.

This morning started week 3 of 30 for my marathon training plan. The weeks are flying by in my opinion, ask me that again in a few more weeks. At first I was dreading this mornings run because it’s the start of another week and it just seemed really daunting especially since I am still getting over whatever sickness I had last week. But knowing that I only had 1.5 miles, it didn’t seem too bad right. Go outside run in one direction .75 of a mile and then turn around and run back. Ok I think I can handle that. I wasn’t expecting much honestly. It was nice a cool, no humidity, and my running buddy at work was great. He is faster but a few minutes per mile but he still hangs by me and lets me set the pace. So we set out on my measly 1.5 mile training run. I felt good, a little stiff the first few tenths but started to really go. We made it to the turn around part and then headed back. The way back seemed to take FOREVER! The way we ran today I like to call no mans land because there really nothing out there. Just the trail and not even trees, it feels so barren versus the other way we run sometimes. But on the way back the last few tenths, I started to pick it up because I wanted to push myself. So we ended at an 8:50 pace (again not normal).

I looked down at my watch to stop it and next thing I know, there’s a new record that I set. Fastest mile record is now set at 9:21! Go me! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen that pace and todays overall pace was 9:22/mile. So tomorrow’s run is suppose to be 3 miles. Not sure how I’m going to do but I guess just take it one step at a time (pun intended) and I’ll definitely need some tunes out there tomorrow to help me keep my pace and mind from wanting to quit. Each run is a journey and I can only get better from here.

I hope you all have a great Tuesday! Make sure you get out and do something fun today!

Week Total: 1.59 Miles
Month Total: 31.14 Miles
Year Total: 119.78 Miles

Weekend Activities

Happy Sunday Evening!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had quite the weekend and today has been lazy ok well the whole weekend has been lazy. Isn’t that what weekends are for?

Friday, I was in southern VA for the 4A State Swim Meet. My kids did great and since they ran our meet at the same time as the 3A meet, I had this fear that I was going to make it back around 3am Saturday morning and with the impending snow….I was not looking forward to that. I had driven down Thursday night to meet my kids who had already gotten down there and I had to work so I drove to meet them. I found out about the meet changes when I got down there and how they were going to run our meet with 3A and to be quite honest I started to freak out. I didn’t know how I was going to stay awake for the drive home and I definitely did not want to get stuck in southern Virginia (I love it down there, but I like my home better). Fortunately, I have a great mom who listened to me and told me not to worry. She had contacted some friends that we had along my trek home and they were more than happy to have me stay if needed. So I was feeling better with several contingency plans in place. Prelims went well and finals were just a few short hours away. Finals came and went with a blink of an eye and all my kids were fantastic. Such a good end to a very challenging year for me. So now it was close to 8:45pm and I was looking at a 3.5 hour drive home. I was able to start driving soon after the meet was over and once I got to 81 I called my Mom to let her know I was on the road. She told me that a church friend who is in Covington was ready for me in case the weather hit or I just wasn’t feeling the drive. And my elementary school PE teacher was ready in Mt. Jackson as well. It was shortly after 9 and so I called my PE teacher since we hadn’t talked for awhile. We spent a good 45 minutes on the phone just chatting about everything. She was such a good sport and keeping me on the phone while I was driving my way up north on 81. Such a special treat.

I was feeling good so I kept driving and was able to make it to Winchester before I stopped for gas knowing I only had 40 or so minutes left to my house. My mom was staying up knowing I was on the road and so I was trying to get back in a good amount of time. I called my mom again around midnight to let her know I was back home. And she stayed up until I got parked. It definitely wasn’t expected but I was so glad to have made it home safely and before the snow that was headed our way.

Saturday was lazy since I was still recovering from a long day on Friday, I watched tv and with the snow outside it was hard for me to not enjoy it being lazy.  I did get a couple of things done around my condo and so I wouldn’t say the entire day was a wash.

Today has been semi lazy, no church this morning because of the roads and I still had to dig out my car. So today has been one of those days where I just do a little and then watch tv. I was able to get out for a little bit this morning and that was nice. Tonight I’m headed out for late dinner with K 🙂 Couldn’t be more excited about spending time with him. This afternoon I’ve been able to plan my outfits for my upcoming half marathons and my 10 miler. YAY! More sparkle has been ordered! OOPS! Oh well. I can’t wait. I’ll share pictures when it arrives. Oddly enough, no sparkle skirts were ordered. That’s for the next order. Promise!

I can get my training back on track and try and do semi decent now that swimming is over. It’ll be a good thing and hopefully I can start adding a few more things to my workout and really get back on track. The countdown is on. I find out on March 3rd if I made it into the NYC Marathon. Fingers crossed!