Happy Monday to YOU!
I can’t believe my fantastic 4 1/2 day day weekend has come to an end! (Because I’m not counting work on Friday.) We spent tons of time with friends, just the two of us, and with Miss Truckee. I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore, ingested enough sugar to last me a lifetime, and don’t regret a thing. July 4th weekend only happens once a year. What the hey!
Monday mornings I always feel so overwhelmed by the blog world! I feel like there are 5 million blogs I need to catch up on and I end up tabing new windows like a crazy lady! My browser is slightly overwhelmed.
Now that I feel like I’m sufficiently up to speed, I can take a few minutes to catch YOU up to speed!
Saturday morning we woke up nice and early and headed into Little Rock to one of many farmers markets. Adam woke up even earlier and took Truckee on a quick run, but as hard as I tried I couldn’t peel myself out of bed any earlier. We hit up the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market and had a blast. So many fresh fruits and veggies, and baked goods and beautiful wild flowers. If you want to see pitcures from our little outing, you can catch them over on the ‘ole photog blog.
The rest of Saturday was spent doing yard work (Adam…not me…), editing photos, cleaning the house, laundry duty, and lusting over the newest edition of Runner’s World Magazine. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll also know that I rearranged our living room to make more floor space for the dog, and we have a new outdoor dining table set on the deck! The table set was fairly inexpensive, and has already been put to good use. I can’t wait to sit out there with a cup of coffee once it cools off more this fall 🙂 Per-fection, I tell ya! But for now, they will be pseudo-tanning chairs. Because the deck is approximately the same temperature as the surface of the sun. I kid you not.
Saturday night, we got all gussied up and met up with some of our friends from church for pizza at a popular local place here in the Heights neighborhood of LR. Za-Za’s has been one of our favorite go-to’s since college- serving up wood oven flat bread pizzas, huge salads, and gelato. Win. Win. Win. We arrived about an hour early so Adam could check out another of our favorite go-to’s, Ozark Outdoors, and dream about fishing kayaks. One day honey, one day. While we went there specifically for him, he was so sweet to let me splurge our budget and pick up a pair of 30% off Chaco Zong’s. I usually LIVE in my black Chaco ZX2 Unaweeps, but have been wanting a color and something to just slip on. They just happened to have one 7 left, so I snatched them up. Trucke and I are now color coordinated.
Yesterday, we went to church and came straight home for lunch. We decided on lunch at home instead of spending more money to eat out again since last night turned into a little bit bigger date than usual. I stuffed my face with leftover strawberries from the 4th, fresh blackberries from the farmers market, a diced up avocado, and a few slices of cheese. So light and fresh, I loved it! Sometimes snacky meals are the best.
After lunch, I took Truckee to the lake and we attempted a run. Except that it had apparently jumped to 9,000 degrees and we only made it .63 miles before black dog decided she was sick of being a black dog and always getting so dang hot. I do have to remember that her black fur causes her to heat up much, much faster than say a yellow lab! So I gave her a pass, and half my water bottle, and we headed home.
To make up for my missing milage, I took off on a solo run after dinner. The humidity was still crazy so I knew my times were going to be lacking. It’s so frustrating how quickly the heat and humidity can beat you down! It makes me feel like I’m way out of shape, when I KNOW I’m not. I’m hoping this fall when it’s cooler that all this hot weather training will make my runs feel easy peasy! Had the weather been better tonight, this run would have been simple and enjoyable. Instead, I was huffing and puffing and had to walk up at least 2 hills! But that’s okay, 3.1 miserable miles are still MILES!
That’s my- “I’m going to die and my shins are killing me” face. I’ve NEVER had to ice my shins before, not since high school. I have no idea where this pain came from, but I had to go inside and sit down immedately they were hurting so bad! What in the world!! Oh, and it was laundry day, hence the COTTON t-shirt. A runner’s mortal enemy.
I had planned to do a post today on my marathon training plan, but I haven’t finished making it yet. And then last night while I was watching HIMYM, the episode where Marshal trains to run the New York City Marathon came on. HA. Barney swears that running a marathon is something anyone can do. So he does. And when he’s finished, he can barely move his legs. He offered up some pretty wise advice. And pretty basic too. Running a marathon really IS about the basics. It’s about running..and running..and running..
If Barney can run a marathon, this girl can too.
What was your first step when training for a marathon? What did you do this weekend??