My Monday was pretty uneventful. I worked late, didn't run, and convinced Tom to make giant burgers with onions, mushrooms and swiss cheese for dinner.
Today started early (5:30, because I take forever to wake up) because I needed to be at work at 7. And then there were no kiddos until 7:30. Oh well. I did somehow get off work on time today, rather than getting stuck for another 10 hour shift.
My training plan called for 4 easy miles today. I watched the final episode of True Blood (I don't think I've ever been really happy with how a show ended) and ended up running 5 miles instead. I'm going to end up short on miles this week since we are going out of town for the weekend. I'm certainly not going to get my 13 mile long run in while we're at the lake house, and I'm ok with that.
I cut my finger at work and got this sweet hologram band-aid. It was that or Spider Man.
This is Buddy's go-to spot out on the deck.
I have been able to do most of my runs lately at a faster pace than my training plan calls for, and it claims I should be able to run my half in 2:00:39. I'm hoping that means I will be able to break 2 hours (which I haven't done yet). I haven't seen the course, but I know there are plenty of hills. I guess we'll see in 47 days.
I put broccoli, spinach and chicken in it and served it over rice (that I forgot to cook until almost everything else was done cooking, awesome).
There were no leftovers.
We went and looked at a couple of houses this morning. I completely failed to take any pictures. The first one was in pretty bad shape and kind of felt like we were on an historical house tour, kind of creepy.
The second one was in a really pretty neighborhood (tons of trees) and had a really cute living room/kitchen area, but the rest of the house was a little odd. One of the bedrooms had a window/cut out on one of the walls that went through to the stairs. The only room that was big enough to be a master bedroom was the finished basement, which had a really low ceiling. The current owners also seemed to let their kids draw pretty much anywhere, walls and stair railing included.
So, the search continues.
My "long" run this week was only 5 miles, I did it on the treadmill while watching some True Blood.
Buddy is ridiculous.
The weekend always goes too fast, but on the bright side, I only have to work 4 days this week. I took Friday off so we can have a long weekend at Tom's family's lake house. Yes, please. :)
I am at 555.5 miles for the year. 5 is my favorite number, so I love this.
Our group was a little different than usual this morning, and for some reason, a little faster. We each had moments of leading/pushing the group. Towards the end we had even caught up to the lead pack.
Generally we do this run at a 9:30 pace, but when I checked my Garmin at the end today, we averaged an 8:57 pace. On trails. With hills. I definitely felt like I was working hard, but I didn't feel like I was trying to do anything I wasn't capable of.
I wore my new shoes for their longest run yet, and I am really liking them! They're lighter than most of my other shoes and they are super comfortable.
Buddy helped me check out my splits when I got home.
But, since I'm not exactly lacking in running gear, I haven't been able to validate the $80 price tag. I happened to be staring longingly looking at them last night and they were on sale - $56. Still pricey, but tempting. After a quick search, I found a coupon code that was expiring last night.for $20 off any purchase over $50.
Long story short, I have some new leggings headed my way. :)
We took Buddy to the dog park for a while so he could explore (he doesn't really play with other dogs) and run around. I think he's a little tired now.
Art today was "popcorn" - they turned out pretty cute, so I naturally didn't take a picture of any of them when they were finished.
Today was one of my kiddo's last day before they change classrooms in September. They brought presents.
I like presents.
A while ago, I bought a Groupon for Keenan House. We went for dinner tonight and got beer flights, mussels and sliders for half price. Don't mind if we do.
Also, I bought these at the store today.
I am a sucker for limited edition flavors of pretty much anything. And these are actually really good too.
Somewhere between work and dinner I hit the treadmill for 4 easy miles and an episode of The Walking Dead. I'm finally caught up and now I have to wait until October to see what happens. I hate watching shows that are still on the air - I'm not a fan of waiting for new episodes!
Today's run was not one of those ones where I feel awesome and want to keep running forever. I wanted to stop at a half mile, and at miles 1, 2, and 3. But I chugged right along and got an annoying text from work that made me finish up fast and strong. Whatever works.
5 easy miles in 50:07. I'll take it.
It wasn't so much the running that was the problem as it was the pain in my neck/shoulder. It's back. Again. I think I may need to look into getting a massage or going to a chiropractor or something. It seems to keep happening and it really makes it difficult to run - it makes it hard to take a deep breath! I don't need that.
Buddy was tired from all the sleeping next to the treadmill while I ran.
A while ago I posted about my favorite sunscreen - I realized the kind I have is only at Sephora and it was out of stock forever. I just got an email that it is back in stock! You can find it HERE.
I recently learned that having a phone that actually works makes me use a TON more data than I had been using before. Weird, right? I think a phone plan change is in the works.
I failed to take a picture, but dinner was cedar plank salmon (Alaskan salmon, none of that sketchy east coast stuff) and cous cous with onions, zucchini and beets. I will very shortly be partaking in some ice cream.
Oh, speaking of sweet things, I forgot to tell you about these:
I turned them in to rice crispie treats. They're good, but they're not really very chocolatey or minty, which is odd. I think the marshmallows would be good in hot chocolate. You know, when it's not summer anymore.