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Weekend Recap + the Saddest Black Lab

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This weekend my husband went camping (aka “cabining”) with some close guy friends of his so it was a girls weekend for Miss Truckee and I. This year has flown by, mostly because of how jam-packed it’s been, so weekends at home with minimal plans have truly been few and far between. I’m really looking forward to 2015 when I’m hoping life will calm down just a wee bit, and we can finally stay in town more. We’ll see if that actually happens, but for now, I’m soaking up anytime we have at home where I don’t HAVE to be doing anything! We don’t have anymore free weekends left of 2014, so the holiday-end-of-year hustle and bustle is in full swing.

Friday night, instead of spending the evening by my lonesome, I went over to a friend’s house to hang out with some of the girlies from our small group. We sat around and drank hot chocolate, and it was a much needed chill night. Saturday morning, I woke up with complete intentions to run somewhere between 13-15 miles. But, in all honesty, I am TIRED. I am tired from training, I am tired from doing what feels like 5 jobs all the time, I’m tired from worrying about future plans, and to be blunt, the LAST thing I wanted to do was leave the house and go run for 2+ hours. I think I really took for granted what kind of mindset I was in during last year’s marathon training. It truly is another full time job. It’s on your brain non-stop, and if your head isn’t 110% committed, it’s going to be a LONG process.

I knew when I signed up for the WDW Marathon (back in April!) that it most likely would dwindle down to a fun run. And I’m completely okay with that! Training last year feels completely different than this year – it was my first marathon, I had something to prove, I was excited to accomplish this huge life goal, and I knew if I didn’t do it then, I would never do it again. This year though, it’s my second marathon, so the “I’m running a marathon!!!!!!” feeling is gone, I know what’s coming, I know how much hard work it takes, I know how many social things you just have to say no to because you have to run the next morning, and I know that my heart isn’t in it for a PR. I did GREAT at my first marathon. In all honesty, I was pumped with my time. I know I could have shaved off 5-10 minutes had my race actually been when it was supposed to be, (St. Jude nightmare) but other than that, I am very happy with my time and I am not itching to beat it. Does that make me a bad runner?? I am very content to live with a 4:32:37 for a very long time.

This go around, I have enjoyed my training exponentially more. Or at least, I’ve enjoyed my time exponentially more. I haven’t said no to every social activity, I haven’t woken up at 7 every Saturday morning to go run for hours upon hours, my feet don’t hurt all the time, and I’ve taken the pressure off of myself to have a record breaking race. It is however something that looms in my mind just about 24/7. Running a marathon is no small feat, and until you cross that finish line, you really can’t stop thinking about it. I think in some ways the mental capacity it takes to train for a marathon is more exhausting than the actual training. So needless to say, no, I didn’t do a long run Saturday morning. I sat and cuddled with my pup on the couch and caught up on my favorite shows. End Rant.

Later that morning, I took Miss Truckee to her vet appointment. She was due for her heart-worm test, and we’d put it off for long enough. (Spoiler alert- she’s fine! Whew!) Of course while we were there she acted like a complete crazy person. A lunatic. A PSYCHO DOG. I know she was just excited, but it’s so embarrassing to be that person with that dog who’s inevitably the biggest dog in the waiting room (and the cutest of course).  After the vet took blood from her arm though, it was a completely different story. She quickly remembered who was boss and straightened right up. She then acted like she’d had major surgery all weekend and milked her “injury” for all it was worth. I left her bandage on until Adam got back in town so he could take it off because I knew it’d be an event for sure. Just think about ripping a bandaid off your arm X’s 10! Poor girl, that medical tape ripped a huge splotch of fur off her arm and she was not exactly thrilled about it!

black lab at vet after shot

sad black lab

Even though I’d made up my mind to rest all of Saturday, I still got out and went to the lake for a little while Saturday afternoon. It was mid 60’s, and I just couldn’t resist getting some sunshine. I left my Garmin at home, and didn’t bother turning on Map My Run. Running without technology, and as slow as I want, is so nice sometimes!

5 mile run

Saturday night, I made my first batch of homemade crockpot broccoli cheese soup. It turned out AMAZING, and I’m so proud of myself. I had some for lunch yesterday as well and it re-heated fairly well. I’ll share a recipe soon if anyone’s interested!

broccoli cheese soup homemade

Sunday, I slept in, skipped church, (oops) and cleaned our house ALL DAY. It needed it BAD, and I rarely have a day home alone where I clean and do whatever I want, how I want, so I took full advantage and now my house is delightful!

Adam got home later that afternoon, and then we headed to small group. Once we got home, we watched the Eaten Alive special on Discovery Channel, and now I’m going to have monster-sized snake nightmares for the rest of my life.

And before I forget, Adam also got new shoes!! He ordered the limited addition Prostate Cancer awareness Asics Gel-Cumulus 16’s. Aren’t they fancy?

asics prostate cancer

I think that about sums it up! Here we are with another week, let’s do this!

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess
    December 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, those shoes are snazzy! Asics Gel Cumulus are so comfy though.

    I’d love to see a recipe for that soup. Now that it’s getting cold here in Ohio, all I want is soup and stews.

    I can see marathon training being very taxing, and it’s actually really refreshing to hear that you’re satisfied with a great first marathon, both in experience and time. It’s not something you read frequently and sometimes it’s nice to be happy. (And that’s an AMAZING time.) I’ve never run a full, but I’m considering it in 2015. TBD though. Just five more weeks until WDW for you! I look forward to hearing about your experiences with such a big race.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      I’m glad that you appreciated that 🙂 I can’t believe it’s so close, it will be here in no time! I’m just going to have fun with it, you know, and soak it all up. I loved my first marathon, and if I’m being realistic, I may never see that time again!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    December 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I am feeling exactly the same way as you with my marathon training! Last year, I was so committed since it was my first time. But this year, with my new job role and more traveling, it’s just been so hard for me to stay on schedule. The last thing I want to do is go out and spend all of my precious Saturday doing a long run. So, my marathon approach is very odd this year. I hate that I’m not able to dedicate myself fully to it, but that’s life as an adult I guess.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      YES! Life as an adult makes training reallllly hard 🙂 I agree!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    December 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I know how you feel about having jam-packed weekends all of the time! This past weekend Scott and I finally had no plans, and got so much done- it felt awesome! I also know how you feel about marathon training and I am glad this time around is more “fun” for you 😉 Sweet shoes too!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      It’s definitely been a different kind of “fun”, you know? Either way, I’m super excited, but I’m just going to have to go into it with my bar set really low 🙂

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    Melissa @ Mel's Miles
    December 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I ran my first marathon 2 years ago and never got quite as excited about running since then. However, I’m starting to feel the passion again and I think I’m ready for my second marathon next year 🙂

    That soup looks DELISH, by the way!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      It’s so weird, maybe it’s because it was our first that we were like, on this high of “marathon!!! whoohoo!!!” and now for the second one I KNOW full and well what to expect and how much time it takes to train! Awesome!! Have you picked one out yet?!

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    Jenn
    December 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Awwww! Poor Truckee! We know those vet visit days all too well. Glad everything was ok, and the worst you had to deal with was sad puppy eyes. 🙂

    I completely agree with you on having your head 110% in the game for marathon training. Mine is ,,,, well… marathon is coming one way or the other so I better get there fast. 🙂

    Glad you were able to have some downtime and enjoy your weekend!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Right! That’s how mine is too..it’s just kind of there at the moment. Are you running the WDW marathon in Jan???

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        Jenn
        December 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        That’s what my bib says. I don’t know if I’ve come to terms with it, yet, though LOL!
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          Sweet Miles
          December 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

          BAHAHAHA!!! Girl, you and me both!!!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    December 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Poor Truckee! That is pitiful!
    Love those new shoes! They look fast. They will totally help with that marathon 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      OH i know, she’s a mess!! And those shoes are actually my husband’s 🙂 I wish he was running it with me though!

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    Jenny
    December 9, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Her little face just melts my heart!! <3

    You are definitely NOT a bad runner for wanting to chillax this time around! I have a marathon on my bucket list but haven't take the plunge yet! Yay for marathon #2!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Hahaha melts mine too! You can totally do a marathon!! I just had to dive in and commit to it! I’m so glad I got that first one out of the way, now I feel like every one from here on out can just be for fun!

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    Hayley
    December 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I am in the exact same boat as you on the marathon training. My hear isn’t in it anymore, but we have to push through!

    We can do this!

    Also, send over that Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe! Looks Delish!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      And you DID push through!!! And just like that it’s over 😉

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    Anna
    December 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I could not feel you more on this post, sister. I’m tired!!! It makes me feel better that other people feel that way too! So many jobs to do and none of them have to do with what needs to be done – you know, cleaning and stuff.

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      Sweet Miles
      December 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Girl it’s been rough!!! Hoping I can get my head into gear sooner rather than later! I’m super excited about my race though, I just have to be okay with going slow and being extra cautious!

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