Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Update

Anybody else feel like their weekend was WAY too short?

 I spent Friday night recovering from a week of babysitting...and all I have to say is...being a parent is hard work! Hats off to all you moms and dads out there...and especially to those of you who still find time to run and workout! I had good intentions of getting out for a run or fitting in some sort of workout all week, but all I managed was one run on Thursday morning. 

On top of being exhausted, the weather didn't cooperate and it was pretty cold...the only time I had free to run was in the morning before the girls got up, and I couldn't even begin to think about getting up at 5AM and running in the below zero temps! 

Thursday warmed up a bit and I was able to get out for a quick 3 mile run. This was the first run in my half-marathon training schedule (more about that in another post) and it's absolutely the ONLY reason I forced myself to run. If I have it written down or scheduled there is no way I am going to miss it :)

One of my favorite parts of babysitting this week was Ellie the elf :) 

Friday was a scheduled rest day (I 2 and already a rest day? Score!) So I slept in, got my nails done after work, and settled in for a night of TV and relaxation! 

Saturday morning actually called for 3 easy  miles, but since I was running a 5k on Sunday I ended up switching Saturday and Sunday's runs around. 

One thing I am really going to work on with this new (to me) training plan (Hanson's) is following the suggested paces as closely as possible. I have a tendency to go out and run as fast as I can, because, well...I like to go fast :) However, this is a pretty "running" intensive plan (6 days a week) and I am going to work on making my "easy" runs as easy as possible. I was aiming for a 9 min mile pace and I think it's safe to say...I nailed it ;) 

Sunday's 5k was my last race of 2014 and it wrapped up my 2014 New Year's resolution to run 12 races in 12 months. I have to admit I was NOT looking forward to this race...After a night out with friends and a bottle and a half of wine ( had been a LONG week) I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed Sunday morning. However, this was my last race of 2014...I was one race away from completing my New Year's ridiculous would it be to give up now?

 I ended up waking up extra early on Sunday (it's a curse) got up had breakfast, re-hydrated, and watched some TV until it was time to leave for the race. The good part about this race was that it was just down the street so it took me no time at all to get there. Bad news? The parking situation was a little crazy. I ended up parking across the street in the Taco Bell parking lot and jogging to the starting line...instant warm up :)

I hadn't really planned on "racing" this race since I hadn't run very much in the last 3 weeks (and all that wine) but my competitive side kicked in when the race started. I was REALLY happy with my splits...I usually tend to start out too fast and then struggle through the last mile. And.....

I ended up getting 2nd place in my age group!!! I mean, there any better way to cap off this year's resolution? Placing in my age group (at a decent sized event) was definitely a great way to end 2014!

We spent the rest of the day Sunday watching TV and being as lazy as possible. I ended up going to bed at like 8:30...

I will need lots of sleep to survive the next 2 weeks!! 
Wish me luck :) 

Have you linked up with Tara over at Running N' Reading for her "Weekend Update"?


  1. The pic of elfie and the hershey kiss - I laughed my BUTT off at that one!!!!

  2. YAY! Congrats on your race, Heather! That is awesome! And now you've made your goal...that's got to feel so darn good, right? 12 races in 12 months? I love it. Yes, I don't know how parents do it, either; taking care of those little people is exhausting. I get worn out just watching them - ha! I'll be following along in your Hanson's journey; another blogging friend had great success with it last year, and I'm sure you'll do great, speedy one! Hope you're having a good day and thanks for linking up again this week!