It feels really good to be back!
It’s been a little bit quiet lately ever since announcing my giveaway for the Perfect 10 Miler, but you still have time to enter! I had a family reunion over the weekend in Atlanta and it was a great time connecting with my relatives after a few years. And of course, I still had to do some running!How was your race training been going? Here's my recap of the past 2 weeks! #runchat Click To Tweet
Life has been incredibly busy lately! We’re still settling into life as homeowners and creating routines for the household, but I think we’ve made a ton of progress in only a few short weeks! On top of that, there have been a few farewell happy hours for friends leaving the company, and work never stops keeping me on my toes! Still, I have no complaints…it’s a beautiful thing.
This past week we had 2 softball games…the semifinals and the championship! I guess that tells you how Tuesday’s game went! We played the Silver team, last year’s champs, and it was pretty much a blowout! Of course, the losing team had to make some accusations to create drama, but overall we took it in stride and let our score speak for itself. I had a decent game, which is always nice.
Thursday was the championship game against the Black team. I knew it would be a tough one because they have some really great hitters. We had a few errors in the early innings and for a while, our scores were even…but fortunately, we turned things around and ended up winning by 5 runs. It was awesome! Now it would figure that I’d have my worst game ever (2 strikeouts), but I did get an RBI for the team and Bret was there for support. We even got championship shirts, so that was pretty cool!
From Friday to Monday, I was in Atlanta for my family’s 18th biennial reunion. It is always a great time, but I was so happy that mom and both my siblings could come and that I could spend some time with my oldest nephew and grandmother.
There were over 110 of us who made it to Atlanta this year. On Friday evening, we had the meet and greet that consisted of lots of hugs and kisses. On Saturday morning, I went to Stone Mountain with my cousins, spent some time on roller coasters at Six Flags with my sister and cousin, and in the evening, we had a wonderful banquet with delicious food with the family. On Sunday, we went to church and had a nice service and the reunion “officially” concluded with the family picnic. The food was REALLY good and I wish I had taken leftovers!
It was great to see everyone and realize how much people have grown up, like my 19 and 11-year-old first cousins. Of course, I had to get the “looks like a teenager” line, even though I’ll be 30, smh. The next reunion will be in Arkansas in 2018, so I’m looking forward to that!
Tuesday 7/5: I went for a 3-mile run in the evening. It was still so warm! I took it slow but felt pretty good!
Wednesday 7/6: No running, but I did do my 1-minute plank before bed! We were moving in furniture that Bret had shipped in from Nebraska, so we did quite a bit of heavy lifting of some large wooden pieces!
Thursday 7/7: Rest day.
Friday 7/8: I went for a 4 mile run in the morning before work for the first time since moving! It went pretty well, even though it was pretty humid. Later in the day though, I was completely exhausted. I don’t know if it was from my workout or all of the horrible news lately, but I was so drained.
Saturday 7/9: Long run time at last! We went for 9 very soupy miles in the neighborhood, spending time on some old and new trails. I did my best to run the entire time, only taking a short walk break up a crazy hill!
Sunday 7/10: Rest day. I think my body appreciated it.
Monday 7/11: Last yoga class at work until it picks up again in September. We attempted the dragonfly pose for “fun”. lol! I think I would have had it but it really hurt my right wrist to support myself. I wanted to run after work but I had a hair appointment that took a few hours and by the time I got home and ate dinner, I was exhausted!
Tuesday 7/12: After work was the softball semifinals. While I waited for the game to start, I did do a few squats!
Wednesday 7/13: Unfortunately the weather was wet so I didn’t get to head out for a run.
Thursday 7/14: I went for a 3-mile run on the treadmill at lunch at a 10:54 pace. I’m glad I was able to make the time. After work we had the softball championship! Since I was catcher, I didn’t run as much as I usually do.
Friday 7/15: I was traveling to Atlanta and since I didn’t pack until that morning, I didn’t get to go for a run.
Saturday 7/16: I went to Stone Mountain with my cousins, I think it was about 5 miles from top to bottom. It was beautiful up there and we had a lot of fun! It was great to get out and enjoy the fresh air! We also did some planks for good measure…still such a struggle!
Sunday 7/17: I got up early to hit the treadmill in the hotel gym. I was able to get in 4 miles at about a 10:42 pace and felt good!
Monday 7/18: A full day of traveling. I couldn’t even tell you what time I went to sleep, I was exhausted by the time I made it home!
I think that Week 5 went really well. We had so much going on and I did the best I could to keep up my mileage, and I also made sure to rest when I needed it. The long run was really tough but I’m glad that I didn’t give up. I’m going to give Week 5 an A!
I knew that I wasn’t going to get a ton of runs in this week because of the family reunion, so I’m okay with having low mileage. The runs that I did have felt really good, so I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made. While the treadmill really isn’t ideal for me, it did help me in a pinch. I also really need to start sprinkling in some speed work, so I’m going to look for that in the week ahead. I’ll give Week 6 a B!
How has your running been going this summer? Do you have family reunions?