Don’t mind the coughing…

Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Woot! Woot! It’s Friday! AND… Race weekend! And… Date night with Meb and Shalane. Eeeeeh! 🙂

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Can you tell I’m excited for the weekend?

I am feeling so much better this week! I still have a bit of a lingering cough; it really only starts to act up almost immediately after I finish running, but I feel fine while running so that’s a plus.

I will be running my first official half marathon this Sunday- the Gasparilla Half. And yes, I have completed two fulls and have never yet raced in a half.

I have a time goal for this weekend. It’s a bit of an ambitious goal, but I have been training smart, so we’ll see. Obviously, my main goal is to go out and have fun. If I can hit this time goal (or somewhere close to it), then that will just be the cherry on top.

I’ve been having some pretty killer runs this week. My pace has increased, and I wasn’t setting out to run faster than I normally do. It just happened. And, it felt good.

I did just over 5 miles on Monday. On Wednesday, I warmed up with 3 miles and then proceeded to do the Fun Run 5k; my splits (for me) were pretty awesome.

I’ll have to work hard to hit my time goal, but these last couple training runs are giving me an added confidence boost. Let’s see if I have it in me…

I didn’t run on Tuesday. Tuesday was the one-year anniversary since we put my big brother Hayman down. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him, but I know he’s watching over me and I know he’ll be there Sunday making sure I cross that finish line.

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This post has been a bit all over the place, but I can’t leave without showing off some eats from the week…

The Boy and I finally had a chance to try out the Stein & Vine. A very nice spot tucked away in a very unassuming shopping plaza. I went with the black bean burger- it was okay. Their tater tots are pretty tasty though. You can get them doctored up a number of ways. We opted for a fried egg on top. Yum!


A coworker and I stopped at Brocato’s for lunch on Wednesday. This place is always hopping, and there is no such thing as a quick bite, but it is good. I couldn’t decide between a cuban sandwich or devil crab. And then I realized, I didn’t have to… They have an awesome lunch special, for $12.99 (yes, that is more than I like to spend for lunch), you get a small sandwich, one (large) devil crab, dessert, chips, and a drink. That’s a really good value to me!

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you on Sunday!

Question of the day

What’s on the agenda for your weekend?

 

Mid-ish week update in PICS

Good morning and happy Thursday!

Great, great, great day yesterday! 

I finally wrapped up a big work project that had been wracking my brain for the last two weeks.

And, the rest of my day included…
Salad! Salad just never gets old. I mean literally it does, but you know what I’m saying…

A hardworking pooch. It’s a tough job being a puppy!

 

I made it on the board! Granted, everyone does, but it was just so exciting to see…  

Fun Run at Fit2Run!  

Kayla even came out (pictured here with Nancy)! She brought her two young boys and husband, and they all had so much fun they want to make it a weekly thing! Yay!! 


On a side note, I did the full 5k and finally feel like I’m starting to get back to normal. I definitely need to foam roll more, but I was pleased with my performance.

On the way home, this car had me questioning, “seriously?!” 😉 

 
My day also consisted of an exciting trip to both Target and Kohl’s. So exciting, I snapped zero pics! 😉

Question of the day 

What did your Wednesday run consist of?

Weekend ReCup: the lazy and late edition

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

And…Happy December!!

Happy December

Can you believe it? We made it to the 12th month! I’m sorry, where did 2015 go?

After Thanksgiving I got sooo lazy this weekend. I also found my post-marathon blues, but more on that later.

We have a ReCUP to get to…

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Thanksgiving Thursday/Friday

My parents were out of town all last week. They flew in to Oklahoma the day of Route 66 and made it to Tulsa just in time to see me finish, and had plans to spend the week with my sister (stationed in OK City) and grandpa (who lives just outside OK City).

What all this meant, was that the Boy and I would have to fend for ourselves if we wanted Thanksgiving dinner. GASP!!

I’m sure you guys are well aware by all of the recipes I post here, that I have tremendous kitchen skills. I make a mean bowl of cereal, what can I say?! 😉

Needless to say, the idea of having to cook a dinner that usually takes my mom hours to prepare had me a little on edge. But! I love Thanksgiving! I couldn’t go without my favorite holiday. I decided to adult-up and make some deliciousness.

Well…the Boy, being the smartie he is, decided it would make more sense for him to cook, and to just leave the corn-casserole-making/sangria-drinking to me (and Smokey).

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And that is just what we did! We started zero fires, and got into zero arguments. I call that a successful first Thanksgiving.

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The majority of our Black Friday was spent lounging around and spending way too much time surfing the web. We did hit up the gym for day two of my Runner’s World Run Streak, and leg day.

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Am I the only one that loves leg day? I would do legs everyday if I could!

I was hoping to get in two miles on the treadmill, but could only manage one. I was so uncomfortable and my legs just felt so heavy and sluggish. It was not a pretty mile.

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After the gym we headed over to Crispers for a late lunch…

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And Movie Stop and Kohl’s for some quick browsing. It was late afternoon by time we got out there, so the crowds had pretty much died down.

Saturday

My parents were supposed to get in late Friday night, but due to some unfortunate weather/”technical difficulties” they were forced to stay the night in Houston, and catch the first flight of the day back to Tampa.

They made it home though, and that’s all that matters!

The Boy and I hit up the gym for Runner’s World Run Streak day three (attempt) and chest and triceps day. I settled into this pace a little better, and didn’t feel as uncomfortable as the day prior, but still not fully recovered.

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We had a wild and crazy Saturday night with pizza delivery and Pixar’s Inside Out. 

Such a cute movie! But definitely had more of a made-for-adults vibe than I was expecting. It wasn’t “naughty” or anything; I could just see the themes/storyline going over the heads of children.

Sunday

I had big plans for Sunday. I was going to get my oil changed, and work on some blog-projects, and catch up on some reading, and all this stuff that sounded so good on paper. And then…laziness!

I had zero energy! I’m not being hard on myself though, I was out of town last weekend; I’ll be out of town again this coming weekend. And this is a very stressful time for me at work. If I wanna be lazy, I’m gonna be lazy. 😉

The Boy and I ordered a couple of the new Amazon Fire Tablets.

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They were on sale for 35 bucks and are the perfect size for ebooks and movie-watching on the go. They were delivered on Sunday, so I spent some time getting mine setup and figuring out how to use a non-Apple product.

A little later in the day, we went to the gym for back and biceps. I attempted Runner’s World Run Streak day four, and ended up throwing in walk intervals. I made it a full mile, but then as I was stepping off the treadmill my knee got a little cranky with me.

My knee was not liking the deadlifts I tried immediately after, so I gave up on that and just did some stretching.

In that moment, I realized I have to give up my Runner’s World Run Streak; it’s just not worth it. I want to start training again next week, and need to allow my body enough time to recover from Route 66. It would really suck if I pushed it too hard and injured myself, for what…a silly run streak.

On that note, I have been spending a lot of time with my new foam roller. I think I’m going to nickname this thing “The Beast” because that’s how intense it is.

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I’m also proud to announce I have signed up for my first ever half marathon race! I went about things a little backwards (with two fulls already in the bag), but I’m super excited for Gasparilla 2016.

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Questions of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?

Any other crazies out there that did a full before doing a half?