Thursday, I skipped out of work 30 minutes early to get a run in before sunset. I don't punch a clock, but in the retail world, it is kind of important to make sure that there is always adequate coverage at any given time. I felt a smidge guilty, but remembered that I had been there way early 2 days so it wasn't like I was cheating my time.
did a Clark Kent/Superman change in the far end of the parking lot and
headed out. My left shin was still sore (still is) and my right calf
was tight from over-compensating. It was a weird run. I lost an earbud
(later found in my car), I had GI issues (helloooo, Porty-Potty!), and
it was getting darker and darker as I ran. But I had some decent splits
and I was pacing about 6:00 min/mile on my final .2. 8:04, 8:06, 7:42,
7:42, 8:05, 8:10.
Friday, I was supposed to run 6, but I felt
like c-r-a-p when I woke up. I put my gear on and plodded out 3 miles
on the treadmill. I wore my compression socks which I cannot decide are
a good idea or not while running. It was the kind of run that never
got near any sort of happy place.
Saturday morning, Adam and I began our fun weekend off together. We got donuts at my favorite donut shop, Dutch Monkey Donuts.
I had a caramel apple fritter and a dutch monkey--filled with dulce de
leche custard, topped with bananas and chocolate ganache.
headed to the mountains about an hour away for a wine cave tour and
tasting. It was foggy and cool, but we were comfortable trekking around
the property in our coats.
the cave, we tried 3 different varietals that were not yet for sale to
the public. A cabernet franc, a red blend, and a sweet white dessert
we drove 10 miles to their tasting room/shop where we sampled 7 more
varieties. We ended up really like a number of them and came home with 3
reds, a white, and a wine club 'membership'. The membership really
just is a promise that we will buy from them again in the fall and the
spring......oh...if I have to ;)
I was feeling like the wino I
am so we stopped at a shop next door that you can paint wooden toys. I
decided an hour of painting sounded like a fantastic idea after all
that morning drinking. I chose a gator puzzle and painted it orange and
blue. Adam supervised. The lady that owned the shop (her husband made
all the wooden toys) was truly a crazy cat lady. She had 16 of them
and proceeded to tell us about each one.... Good thing I drank all that
After my BAC was back to zero, we headed back towards
our neck of the woods and stopped at our favorite BBQ restaurant for a
very late lunch. I proceeded to come home and take a fantastic nap in
my chair. The perfect end to a perfect day? Watching silly movies late
into the night with Adam.
I decided to try the running thing
again this morning--this marathon business is in 3 weeks!
it went better. It was shorts and t-shirts kind of running and I felt
pretty good save for the nagging pain in my left shin. I had 7 on the
schedule, but decided to do 8 as I was feeling better. After looking
over my splits, I realize that my easy run was actually a full tempo
run. Oops. 8:01, 7:56, 7:44, 7:47, 7:55, 7:49, 7:44, 7:29.
got cleaned up and some friends came over to our house. The group of
us decided to go bowling. I am usually pretty terrible at bowling (my
average score is about a 50), but I did okay today. I scored a 114 and a
117. Adam kicked all of our patooties. He bought a bowling ball, a
bag, and shoes today as part of a package and apparently was inspired
with his new gear. I can relate....
3 extra pins I knocked down in the second game are attributed to the
half pitcher of Bud Light that was in my system at that point. Adam
didn't drink, but Jeff and I did!
day wasn't over yet though. 2 of our 3 dogs are adopted so we don't
know when their official birthdays are. Therefore, they all get treats
on Luxy's birthday--the one date we actually know. She turned 11 day
and enjoyed her ritualistic hamburger from McDonald's.
Lastly, I am plugging my own article on halfmarathons.net about charity racing here.
You should read it if you are curious about the world of charity
racing. There are a lot of ways to give back with your running and who
knows, you might be inspired!