Happy Monday! I know, we tend to not think of Monday as “happy,” but let’s go with it. Thinking positively can make the day a good one. What do you think? Let’s keep our heads up and rock the week ahead of us! Also, for most of us, we have a three-day weekend coming up, so if nothing else, there’s that! 🙂
This past weekend, I did a good deal of running. I actually ran both Saturday and Sunday which is rare. On Saturday, I got up for my usual group run and did a 10k training run. Boy was it humid as heck. We just aren’t getting a reprieve from this heat anytime soon it appears. Florida is always very warm, but we haven’t had as much rain this summer and that usually helps cool things down a bit. That said, I tend to hope for evening rain so that the next morning’s runs are slightly less humid.
After the run, I got cleaned up and showered, then headed out to the car dealership for an oil change. My now one-year-old Honda Civic (named Marty) needed it’s second oil change. Fortunately, I had one freebie left at the dealer, so I made an appointment on Friday for after my run on Saturday morning. Once I got to the dealership, I opted to make use of the shuttle they offer to check out the mall since my car was going to be in for like an hour or so.
The mall was less than impressive. I pretty much never go out to the malls anymore. Now I know I’m not missing anything. Ha. Also, that particular mall wasn’t great in the first place, but at least I walked around for most of the hour while I was waiting for my car rather than sitting around waiting in the lobby of the dealer. Always better to be active than sitting on your butt.
After the dealership fun, I got a couple of errands done and I went to go see my mom for a few hours. My dad now has a weekend job, so she asked me to drop by for some girl time. I’m not one to turn down girl time and of course more time with my parents birds and guinea pigs. I love those creatures and the cuddles I get with them when I visit.
On Sunday, when my alarm went off at 4:15am, I grimaced. Two early mornings in a row didn’t thrill me. A part of me just wanted to hit that snooze button and roll back over in bed. But, I had agreed to meet a friend for a run in Clermont for some hill work, so I dragged myself out of bed. I tried to tell myself that a nice nap was in my future after the run, but that didn’t stop the exhaustion. Ha!
There were a total of six of us from my Orlando Galloway group that came out to run the hills in Clermont. I have done Apopka hills, but not this area before, so I knew I was in for a treat. By treat, I mean a challenge of a workout. And, boy was it a challenging run!
I was definitely feeling it in my calves when we were out there on some parts of the run. Also, I knew part of it was that I had run yesterday morning. While some people run more than one day in a row, I tend to have a day or two between my runs. I usually run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. So, any multi-day runs are rare for me. I’m not against them, I just tend to feel that with the history of my back, it’s better most of the time that I have that day in between. But, I can see myself doing a multi-day race challenge in the future…not Goofy I don’t think, but a 10k and half marathon in a weekend seems doable with training.
The six of us ran together for the first couple of miles, then two of the girls decided to head back. That left four of us conquering those hills. My friend, Amanda and I discussed doing about 6 miles, and that’s what we ended up with, plus an extra just over half a mile. The two of us turned back about a mile and a half before the other two runners, and I was glad we did. It felt more challenging heading back for some reason. I suppose that one hill that we went down on the way out would explain part of that. Ha. That was definitely the killer hill. We considered trying to run a part of it, but that became laughable when we both had to really push just to walk up it.
In the end, we finished with 6.60 miles. I was glad that we did the run, but boy was I exhausted. It was a good exhaustion though intermixed with a runners endorphin high. On my way back home, I stopped for a cold Powerade Zero at the convenience store. That 32oz drink was gone by the time I got home. It was quite awesome after the hot run. Everything seems to taste better after a run.
The rest of Sunday was spent napping and then heading out to the store to pick up a few groceries. I was more than ready to do a lot of nothing after two days of running and getting up early. I love running, but those early wake-up calls can be tiring. I’m glad I’m not training for a marathon this year, as I’m getting to sleep a bit more on weekends. But, I am looking forward to doing a marathon in 2017. I’m shooting for a second NYC Marathon next November. It’s already something I’m looking forward to, and it’s over a year away.
Looking back at last week’s goals…
1. Logging my food everyday. I am doing much better on this one. Especially in the last few days. Since my post about getting serious about my health journey again, I’m feeling more motivated to get it all done right.
2. Listening to God, being thankful to Him. I thank God for all of the blessings that He has continually given to me. He is so amazing and great.
3. Commenting on fellow blogs regularly. I am making sure to visit more blogs every day and have been commenting more again.
4. Hydration. Work on getting in 60oz each day. Much better on this goal as well. Gotta stay hydrated especially in this heat!
5. Read ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ each day. This is the only one I didn’t do so well on. So, I’m going to make sure I improve this week on reading this book.
This week’s goals…
1. Logging my food.
2. Read ‘Mornings with the Holy Spirit’ daily.
3. Listening to God, being thankful to Him.
How was your weekend?
What are your goals for the week?