Whadya know. Another Sunday. Which means it’s time for another weekly roundup. Here’s the short version:
Monday – Work. Circuit training.
Tuesday – Early morning run (50 degrees!). Work.
Wednesday – Work. Meeting w/ builder & designer.
Thursday – Work. Couch. Wine.
Friday – Work. Couch. Wine. Killed a butterfly.
Saturday – Long run on the Monon. Trip north to the in-laws.
Sunday – 2 mile shakeout run w/ the hubs. FIL birthday celebration. Vacation preparations.
And now for the longer version:
The work week was another exhausting one (not helped whatsoever by my lack of sleep staying up late to watch the Olympics). Our department found ourselves understaffed, busy, and often times struggling to keep our heads above water. It was a week that left me feeling like a limp noodle at the end of the day. I’m so ready for things to mellow out. It’s been a very trying couple of weeks and even months. Something’s gotta give. The only plus is that there has been a large amount of post-work wine consumption this week.
You may be intrigued at Wednesday’s events. A builder and designer? Well,,, a couple of months ago, after a lot of searching, touring, and contemplating, the hubs and I bit the bullet and bought a lot of land where we are going to build our first house! The lot is in a northern suburb of Indianapolis within a beautiful development that winds through a golf course. Tons of things to do nearby. Easier access to downtown. And much closer to some of my best friends. To say we’re excited is an understatement. We are still in the beginning stages, so moving won’t be happening for a little while yet. But it’s happening. And that’s a reason to keep smiling 🙂
Marathon training this week was inconsistent. It started off good, lulled in the middle, and finished off strong. After a ho-hum week 2 of #bestbodybootcamp, I got myself to the gym early on to avoid falling into the same trap during week 3. Circuit training on Monday was a fantastic change of pace, and the weather was absolutely perfect Tuesday morning for a brisk 5k. Unfortunately, due to our above-mentioned meeting on Wednesday and my work exhaustion on Thursday/Friday, I failed to log any sort of activity for nearly 3 days. I made a deal with myself after my mid-week fail: get a solid long run in on Saturday and all will be fine.
I met up with the girls at 6a Saturday. 14 of us to be exact. Girls who knew girls who knew other girls all came together at the break of dawn for their weekly long run. And like a giant brigade, we set off as our conversations boomed in the darkness. The weather was absolutely phenomenal with temps in the upper 50’s to start. In August? Bliss.
Each of us started the day with different distance goals. Initially I planned for a 16 miler because that was the distance I logged this week last year during training. That was until I heard that some of the others were going out for 20. I kept that distance in the back of my mind, knowing that I didn’t want to push it too hard but would love to get there if I could.
One by one and two by two, the girls dropped off until only 5 remained. Meggie, Meghan, and Karen had already ran two 20’s this season and Dana had ran one. So I was the newbie of the 20-miler club. And I don’t know what exactly came over me, but i. felt. fantastic. Sure I could feel a little PF twinge in the bottom of my right foot, but that didn’t stop me. I gelled at all the right times. We took mini stretch/ bio breaks along the way. And I bopped along that trail like the Boppy Fairy I am. And 20 miles later, I called it day.
These girls and this run left me with the confidence I needed to get through the rest of the training season. Doubt has been a big player over the last couple months, and I’m ready to break free and get to work.
And of course I topped off my run with a stop at McD’s for fuel.
After returning home to shower, the hubs and I jumped back on the road and headed to the in-laws. The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing. Good food ‘n wine, beautiful weather, comfy couches, and great company. I got a great night’s sleep and woke up bright and early to watch the men’s Olympic marathon. After coffee, the hubs and I went for a short shakeout run (his idea!!) which felt great despite my major mileage the day before. We had lunch as a family and a mini birthday celebration for the FIL, who (like Heather and I) reached a new decade this year. Woop woop! Ice cream cake for everyone 😉 Great day.
And tonight, I close the door on another week, knowing that the week to come has a lot of excitement in store for Team Intensity.