Hey hey! It’s Monday, which can be a pain, but the good news is that it’s my birthday! I had an action-packed Saturday full of birthday celebrations, AND an 11-mile run that I did a kickass job (if I do say so myself!).
I wanted to do something fun and adventurous on my birthday so I found a great deal on Livingsocial to go to a rock climbing gym. Bret and my 2 girlfriends were able to come and we learned how to belay and how to climb. I’ve gone rock climbing a couple of times, not lately, but I never learned how to belay, that’s a lot of responsibility! Unfortunately, at one point, Bret was climbing and I realized I forgot to attach my anchor….scary!! Thankfully, he survived, and I think he has forgiven me!
Included in the package was $10 worth of food and a free drink, sponsored by Apple Ale. This took place at Franklin’s, a local bar nearby, that we actually love during football season. I had the most amazing nachos! And the apple ale was really good too!
I like to consider myself a “foodie”, so I was so excited to make reservations for Zorba’s, an awesome Greek restaurant in my neighborhood. My sister, more of my girlfriends, and a few of my coworkers were able to join in. I was pretty stuffed from earlier, but I still enjoyed the hummus appetizer and pork souvlaki for dinner! I really had a lovely time.
We love having house parties. Why we don’t do it more often, I have no idea! Bret was so sweet, he left dinner early to set everything up. I should have taken a picture of the spread…lots of fruits and veggies (I’ve taught him well!) By the time we headed over, there were already a couple of guests. We had a great mix of people. I even had a couple of my kickball teammates drop by, and they were so much fun! The big finale was when I was serenaded by the room and presented with a cupcake. Thanks Jennifer and Bret!
I had a great birthday celebration…mischief managed! I’m still so thankful to everyone who came out…I’m opening my presents today!
Monday 8/11: Rest day, BUT I did do some pre-hab. Two sets of 15 forward and reverse lunges, one minute clamshells, one minute leg raises.
Tuesday 8/12: 3.20 miles on the treadmill. After warming up, I started on 5.5 mph with a 0.5% incline. After a while my left calf didn’t like it, so I took the incline off and picked up the pace. I was feeling a cold coming so I didn’t want to run outside in the rain.
Wednesday 8/13: Core and More Class (I know, I know), but I’m taking it VERY easy now. After work. Mark and I ran 3.3 miles at a very bizarre pace, 11:51 average. It was very breezy and it probably took 2 miles to find our sweet spot. I don’t know why but my instantaneous speed on my watch always shows up to be way faster than my average speed and it’s starting to throw me off…
Thursday 8/14: We had a playoff Kickball game. We were having a pretty fun time until the sky opened up and we got rained out!! We biked to and from the playground, which was around 4 miles.
Friday 8/15: I may have done some pre-hab exercises…can’t remember!
Saturday 8/16: 11.14 miles at 11:43 average pace. What a victory! Bret and I ran the beloved Forbidden Drive and the weather was perfect. My total time was 2:10, which is a huge accomplishment considering last week’s 2:04 10 mile run. This time, after talking to Coach Kristy, I took Clif Shot Bloks every 3 miles. I do believe that it made a difference!
Sunday 8/17: After a crazy Saturday I was EXHAUSTED and didn’t do anything productive until 11:30 am…seriously! But I still had a run to do. Thankfully Bret joined me in the evening for this 3 mile easy run, 10:43 average pace.
How was your running weekend? Do you like working out on your birthday?
I do believe that this was my best training week ever! Even though I did Core and More, I took things very easily and didn’t work myself out too hard. My legs were able to handle over 20 miles of running this week…just a few months ago I was barely running that much in a month! My knees are not crying as much and I really do feel like a “real” runner again. Grade: A+! Welcome back, Janelle!