Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Update

 Since marathon training has ended I have been doing a lot of this

And a lot of this....

I definitely haven't hated all the extra time I have had lately. I finally got caught up on all my favorite shows and I am even getting close to finishing the book I have been reading since August (pathetic right)

On top of all of that I finally have a social life again! I've really missed going out on the weekends and spending time with friends.

And now that I have a social life I can finally participate in one of my favorite blogger's link-ups! Tara over at Running 'N' Reading hosts a "Weekend Update" every Monday where you can share what you did over the weekend.

I have wanted to participate since she started it...but you see...during training my weekends looked a lot like this...

Now my weekends look like this!!!

I mean...we went to dinner and then came home to have some wine and work on a I guess my weekends still aren't THAT cool :) 

But seriously, I forgot how much fun putting together a puzzle was!! I also had no idea that my competitive side would also come out during this activity. AJ and I ended up staying up until around 1:30 because we HAD to finish the puzzle! 2 bottles of wine later...success :)

Gracie was over was WAY past her bed time and she had no qualms about letting us know she was annoyed :)

As if our Friday night of "puzzling" didn't let you know that we were really cool...Saturday morning we went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to buy new pillows. Pretty sure we tested out EVERY pillow in that place. After that exhilarating experience we decided to get switch things up and go to the grocery store instead of waiting until Sunday like we usually do so that we wouldn't have to leave the house at all on Sunday (yep...official cool status)

Saturday night we got cooler okay? We headed to dinner at 75th Street Brewery and I had this incredible drink. Not sure what it is called had Ginger Beer and Vodka in it...that's all you need to know :)

After dinner we headed to Westport to celebrate Vanessa's birthday at "Off Key" karaoke bar. Brian rented out a private room with our own personal karaoke set-up! Seriously...BEST.IDEA.EVER!

This was early in the night and Brian didn't want any pictures during his performance...don't worry as the night went on, people cared less and less about pictures :)

AJ was definitely in his element. I'm not sure how many different songs he "performed" but the song he sang with our waitress was definitely my favorite :)

Needless to say this birthday was a hit! 

I had originally planned on getting up early on Sunday morning to get in a 4-mile Veteran's Day trail run with the Trail Nerds...but we stayed out much later than I had anticipated the night before and when my alarm went off, I quickly hit snooze and decided that I would skip my run and go back to bed. This is yet another perk of not following a training schedule. 

However, since it was World Run Day and absolutely gorgeous outside, I knew that I would definitely be getting out for a run later in the day.

I've been in such a rut with my 3-4 mile easy paced recovery runs that I decided to switch things up a little bit. I decided I would run to the track (1 mile away) and then do some intervals. I had intentions of doing 400M repeats, but changed my mind quickly...200Ms into the first 400 to be exact :)

I decided that 8x200M repeats would have to do for now. I was really pleased with my pace. I haven't done any speed-work in over a month and I was still able to keep around a 6 minute mile pace for all 8 of my 200s.

I ended with a 1-mile cool-down run home. Even though I contemplated calling for a ride home :)

After my run I came home got cleaned up and began prepping my lunches for this week. I have been so terrible with eating lately and I decided to stop putting it off for "next week" and get my act together. Not only is prepping my lunches healthier...but it makes my mornings a lot less hectic! weekend I am running the Longview Half and right now this is the projected forecast....

That should be fun ;) 

Good news is...that after the race I will be heading down to Pittsburg, Ks with a couple of friends to celebrate my good friend Jessica's birthday! Not only are we going to have a fun girl's weekend...but I will have more material for next week's post that proves that I do in fact have a social life :)

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  1. That is the projected forecast? No bueno - that's too cold for me. Hahaha- but I imagine once you start going you'll warm up.

    I keep going back and forth about the Turkey Trot 5k with Emry. The projection shows it may rain on Turkey day - and I don't want him getting sick - sick kid, also no bueno - Maybe I'll wait until the week before and get a better idea about it - just pay the extra $$$ to be safe. Thoughts?

    Also: I had to signup for myfitnesspal today - I need to be forced to get back on track, and something to keep me visually accountable. I'm going to do it though! For real this time ;)

    1. I'm not okay with this early winter thing...I was hoping it would hold off until after Christmas OR maybe we could have a really mild winter like the one we had a few years ago? It doesn't look like that will be the case.

      If I were you I would most likely wait until the week of the race to register...the difference in price isn't that significant and if it helps you avoid a sick kid then it's worth it!

      I started logging what I have been eating on MFP today as well...I find that it helps me to put down the Tootsie Roll when I see how many calories and how much sugar one tiny little piece has!

  2. Welcome to the link-up! I don't participate every Monday, but I try to. It's a fun way to discover and "meet" other bloggers.

    Those private karaoke rooms are a blast. I went to one for the first time this summer with some college friends and I laughed harder than I have in a very long time. I can't wait to do it again!

  3. Heather, that puzzle looks awesome! I am amazed that y'all actually finished one that quickly; I'm so boring that I'm sure I would have been in bed (out like Gracie) before I'd have finished it, especially after two bottles of wine - woo hoo! :) This sounds like a great weekend, to me, and I'm so thrilled you linked up with us this week. The karaoke and pillow-testing pictures are my favorite - giggle! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a great Monday!