Happy Monday y’all! Hope your weekend was as great as mine: too much running, dancing, drinking, eating and having fun 🙂
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, both here and FB. Yesterday was definitely the best birthday I’ve EVER had.
After I hit publish yesterday I got an amazing birthday run in. The temps were ultimate fall and the sun was shining. My legs even felt surprisingly springy considering the weekend’s activities of long runs and celebrating the day I blessed the world with my presence.
I ended up running while the sun was low in the sky, not quite dusk but it felt way late. In reality it was only 13 or 1400 but it felt way later. Definitely different from watching the sun RISE every other day.
It was an interesting run because I had been driven home by my friends from Boston and lots of coffee was drunk along the ride. It’s not even that far of a drive! So while the run was great, it was frequented by a couple of stops. I can now tell you the friendliest and unfriendliest places to ask to use the restroom now. Which is never an useless thing I suppose.
After the run my roomie took me out to dinner at Red Stripe which is an American/French restaurant in Providence. I ate the Red Stripe Grilled Cheese and it was amazing. I’m going to pretend, however, that massive amounts of butter are actually GOOD for your arteries when it’s your birthday. I’m definitely not shy with my butter usage but my fancy grilled cheese was quite buttery. And amazing. Sadly there are no leftovers for lunch today.
It was a lot of fun to dress up for another night and go out to dinner. On a VISTA budget I never go out to eat. No pictures because, well, I’m not a food blogger so I never carry my camera around like that. Normally I wouldn’t even mention going out to dinner on the blog but it was just the ultimate way to end my birthday: A nice relaxing good meal.
As was the fact that the Patriots won.
❤ my Pats
My Monday started with my alarm going off at 0500 (funny tangent: 0500 was the time I went to bed
Saturd well I guess it was Sunday morning at this point, and my thought was “Gee this is what time I’m waking up on Monday. Oops”) and, well, let’s just say that I ate A LOT of dinner the night before. AK A I’m typing this at noon and have yet to actually be hungry today. No GI distress or anything (surprisingly) but it was weird to be running while still full. Normally I’m decently hungry when I get up in the mornings.
In any case all the running and dancing from this weekend took its toll on my legs and this morning I was feeling a bit achy. It was a pretty intense weekend after all. And my body in general was tired, as when my alarm went off I kept hitting snooze. Although when it went off I woke up with a start and had no idea where I was.
I tried to get an easy run in but, even after cutting the planned distance short before leaving my apartment, I also cut it short once I started. My pace was so slow, even taking into account the achyness that I figured it wasn’t worth it to keep going. So I still got a run in just not as far as I wanted.
At this point I’m beginning the taper process I guess. I still don’t know what that means as this is only my third marathon and my last marathon I was injured so my last 4 weeks of training/tapering were all screwy. And I’m still weighing the pros vs cons of taking this week as hard/intense. I definitely think this past week will be my highest mileage week but I’m still at a loss of what workouts to do this week and beyond. I’m thinking:
- Tuesday: tempo of ~5.5 miles @ 7-7:15 pace (I’ve given up targeting GMP)
- Thursday: lr of 17-18 miles
- Saturday: yasso 800s
Then the following week (which will be T-2 weeks!) I’ll do:
- Two tempo/GMP runs
- Long run of 15
Then it’ll be race week. And that will be maybe a fartlek or something just to get turnover. Thoughts on my taper plan? My mindset is always GO GO GO so it may be too much.
Hmmmm musings this morning while I was running and foam rolling as I also used some of my usual running time to get in some roller love. My hips and glutes are the most achy and it felt good to get in there and mash up my muscles and tendons. An actual massage would have been nice (even better from a hot male) but I’ll take what I can get.
Now I’m just hoping to make it through Monday without getting sore. But, after having a really good weekend (seriously really really great) today isn’t that bad. I even treated myself to DD this morning. Simple pleasures.
Which is what this comic is. It’s actually my favorite and I was so sad when it went to Sunday only but then my bro bought me a book of them so it was all good. But here’s one from a few weeks ago. It combines running AND football. Amazing.