Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend has been great! Mine sure was!

I can’t believe Route 66 is less than two weeks away! I’m getting very excited!

Let’s get to the ReCup!

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Friday night

The Boy and I met up with my parents, and my brother and his girlfriend for dinner in Tampa at Maggiano’s. I’m not a huge fan of Maggiano’s, but thought that our dinner was very good. All of us opted to do the “Meal for two” thing, which came with choice of appetizer, two entrees to eat then, two entrees to take for tomorrow, and one desert. All for 40 bucks! Good value and tasty! Since we all opted for that option, we got to test out a few appetizers, and a few desserts. I love sampling like that! 😉

Since we were at the mall, the Boy and I walked over to Old Navy to check out their sale. I found a cute open-front cardigan on sale for 10 bucks and a pair of red flats to wear for Kat’s wedding.

Back home, I got packed up for my early morning longrun, and then got to bed as early as I could get myself to fall asleep (it was closer to midnight).

Saturday

I was up by 4:30. I ate some breakfast and was on my way. I wasn’t feeling 100% when I woke up, and I really wanted to go to the bathroom before my run, but couldn’t. Yeah, I know, TMI… 😉

I got down to Bayshore, got situated, stretched, and was off. Oh, and I mean I was off! It sucked! It really just sucked! I was hot, my knee was killing me, and my form was all over the place. I was having to take extra walk breaks (asides from my normal walk intervals) within the FIRST MILE.

I didn’t even get to two miles (1.93 to be exact) before DNFing. Sometimes your run is a big thumbs down!

I know it’s weird, but I really wanted to go to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon expo at Disney. Luckily my mom agreed to go with me.

It sounds so dorky to say it now, but I wanted to see if RunDisney had any “I’m training for the Star Wars Half/Challenge” shirts. They didn’t!

But…

I picked up a Bondi Band because I have been wanting to try them out, and some cool Dr. Cool products. Hehe! Did you see what I did there…?

I saw a bunch of Fit2Runners while there and got to wish them all good luck once again. Their race ended up having a weather delay and was eventually cut down to 7 miles. I was so sad to hear that! They all they got their medals for finishing the 7 miles, but it just kind of sucks. You train for 13.1; you want to run 13.1.

On our way back to Tampa, mom and I decided to stop in Lakeland for late lunch and shopping. We settled on Firehouse Subs which is usually always a good choice…unless the kid taking your order hears “pepperoni” when you ask for extra pepperoncini. That salad doesn’t even come with pepperoni to begin with. Oh boy!

The Boy and I had a very lazy evening in and it felt great! We got to relax with The Office while I iced my knees and foam rolled.

Sunday

There was no way I was setting an alarm. And, I didn’t. And, it felt good. Once, I finally got up, we had a pancake breakfast and then I did some work on the computer.

I wanted to give my 12-miler another try, but opted to do it on the treadmill. I got out the Biofreeze to see if that might help any, and was pleasantly surprised. My knee felt pretty good!

I got in some good reading, watched a little TV, and the miles flew by. I was proud of myself!

I was even more proud of myself for immediately finishing up my run with some good stretching and foam rolling- before even leaving the gym.

By time I left though, I was HUNGRY! Thankfully I had my GU with me for the run, because it would not have been pretty if I didn’t. I quickly got cleaned up, and the Boy and I went to what is becoming our Sunday spot- WOW! That’s Fresh. I even splurged for the fancy fries!

The remainder of the night will be spent relaxing with The Office and Dr. Cool… 😉

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?

Busy start to the week, quick Costco run, and another round of the Awesome and Random thing in my Facebook Saves

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

I had a great Monday, and I hope you did as well!

I loved reading everyone’s race recaps from this weekend. It makes me want to find a race to do much sooner than November’s Route 66. 😉

I had a pretty productive day yesterday. I wanted to wake up earlier than normal, but that didn’t play out so well. I’m going to keep working at it because I’d really like to join the early-morning runners club (yeah, that’s just something I made up- but it sounds like fun, huh?).

For lunch, I made a giant salad for our Salad Pool.

Salad Pool!
Salad Pool!
Up-close salad shot
Up-close salad shot

I really wanted to run after work, but I had a 6:30 meeting to get to…and trust me, they wouldn’t want me showing up all sweating and stinky. So, I grabbed some dinner and headed to our South Tampa office to wait until it was time to go.

I went all out for dinner. Fancy! ;)
I went all out for dinner. Fancy! 😉

I got out of my meeting a bit early and rushed over to Costco. I was planning to go today, but realized that was not going to be the most convenient for me. I was in and out in no time, which was much appreciated.

I spent the rest of my night reading and attempting to see how much bigger I can make my foam roller bruise. Yeah! So this happened. Oh, and yes it is much lovelier in person. It looks like somebody beat me with a wet noodle. 😦

Check out this beauty!
Check out this beauty!

As I was scrolling through Facebook this weekend, I remembered it’s been awhile since our last round of Awesome and Random Things of my Facebook Saves…

You Know You’re A Runner When– the 6th one by Marlon had me rolling. #guilty

An Ode Of Hatred To My Diva Cup– this is disturbing and entirely hilarious!

Ted Talks for when you feel totally burned out

Six Brain Foods for Better Running

The 37 Fittest Dogs of Instagram

10 Healthy Snacks Every Stress Eater Should Keep Handy

Blind Mom Goes In For An Ultrasound, Now Watch What The Doctor Does. I’m Crying!

15 Quotes From Barbara Corcoran About Growing Your Business

The Real Deal With Runderwear

11 Habits of People With Healthy Hair

And, this isn’t awesome or random, but it was in my Saves folder and it’s worth a read. It’s so sad to think of all those that are quietly suffering under what looks to all of those on the outside to be a perfect life.

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Questions of the day

Did you race this weekend?

Any races coming up?

What’s something awesome and random in your Facebook Saves?

A salad that almost ended me, some Riverwalk fun, and an almost lazy Sunday

Happy Sunday!

I woke up today sure that it was going to be a lazy day. I mean, for gosh sakes we didn’t get out of bed until after noon!

But, that’s not how it played out…

First let’s take it back to last night. Last night I really wanted to go and check out the new Riverwalk addition. I wasn’t planning on making the Boy go with me, but as I was heading out he decided to tagalong anyway. He knew it was going to be dark by time I got out there, and he didn’t want me to be alone. Isn’t he sweet?!

Since the grand opening was just the day prior the Riverwalk was quite busy. In fact, for awhile I was the only runner out there with a good couple hundred people and so many adorable poochies out walking!! I ran 2.2 miles and then the Boy and I walked 1.67 miles. He didn’t run (on account of being retired and all 😉 ) so he just walked around taking pictures. The cool-down walk felt amazing, and it was nice just being able to spend some quality time with him.

Tampa Riverwalk
Tampa Riverwalk
Sykes building downtown Tampa.
Sykes building downtown Tampa.
Riverwalk
Riverwalk
Riverwalk and University of Tampa.
Riverwalk and University of Tampa.

On the way home from the run the only two things that sounded tasty to my grumbling tummy was a giant salad (like what I normally have for lunch) or a Wendy’s Frosty. I opted for what felt like the better choice. Last night’s salad included:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Grapes
  • Feta cheese
  • Chia seeds
  • Crispy onions
  • Tuna packet (ranch flavored)
  • Avocado
  • Mango salsa
A dangerously tasty salad!
A dangerously tasty salad!

Unfortunately this turned out to be too much! I usually have a very similar salad for lunch almost every day but having the salad after 9:00 PM I guess is not wise for me because by time I got to the last couple of bites I was winded and I thought my belly was going to explode. I spent the rest of the night in a rather uncomfortable state and just all around not feeling too hot. Don’t get me wrong though, it was delicious! It’s just weird how it’s so good for lunch and keeps me full for the remainder of the workday, but almost killed me as a late dinner. 😉

Back to today…

We woke up pretty late; although, it did feel nice sleeping in. The Boy made us pancakes for breakfast, and then I straightened up a bit around the house before enjoying some reading. After a few minutes, I decided it would be nice to get my reading in while laying out at the community pool. I laid out for probably 30 to 40 minutes, and it was perfect because I was the only one there.

Lounging by the pool is so much better when you're the only one there!
Lounging by the pool is so much better when you’re the only one there!

The Boy and I then went over to IKEA for a late lunch and some quick browsing.

Carrot cake cupcake @ Ikea!
Carrot cake cupcake @ Ikea!

Afterwards, I made my way back over to my parents house to do some more practice running with Smokey, while the Boy went to the gym. On the way home I stopped at Target for a few necessities. I primarily went for trash bags because we were completely out and by completely I mean completely out! Do you have any idea how hard it is to juice when you realize mid-juicing that you are out of garbage bags?! Here’s a hint, it’s hard!!!

On the agenda for tonight, I have a few small projects to work on and then I have to get my work bag and lunch stuffs all packed up.

But first! I must figure out what’s for dinner…

Question of the day

Favorite thing you did this weekend?