Monday, September 28, 2015

Marathon Monday: A glorious weekend and the ultimate marathon training fail


Anyone else feel this way? Lately, the weekends have been going by way too fast...so many things to do, yet so little time to do them...sigh.

I can't complain too much though, because while this weekend was far too short...it was exactly what I have been needing for the past, what, 3 months?

Friday night AJ and I headed down to the Plaza for the art fair to celebrate 2 months of wedded bliss ;)



We started with dinner at Jack Stack...


I hope you are as impressed as the waiter was when I tell you that we cleaned our plates...

After dinner, we waddled around (wishing we had worn our stretchy pants) to check out the art...


I really wanted this piece...but it was $700!!!


I would have settled for this Ron Swanson look alike...but he was about $1200...so we left empty handed :)

Saturday was my absolute DREAM day! 


10 glorious miles...

Followed by breakfast (sorry no photo) in bed...


and then...lunch...in bed ;) 

AJ was golfing all day so I literally spent all morning/afternoon in and out of bed. I read my book, folded some laundry, watched some TV...basically did whatever I damn well pleased. 

I cannot tell you how much I needed this day...it was definitely the recharge that I needed :) 

Then Saturday night we helped Brian and V move into their beautiful new home...and after unloading the Pod, we helped to unpack boxes...of wine, and #BecauseWine...we ended up staying up WAAAY too late! So much for staying recharged and refreshed...It was fun though...so definitely worth the exhaustion on Sunday ;)


On Sunday...much too early...the doorbell rang. Nebraska Furniture Mart was dropping off our new chairs! We bought these back when we bought our couch, but they had to be special ordered. I knew they were coming on Sunday at some point...but 7:45AM was not what I had in mind!! I mostly just felt sorry for the delivery guys that had to see me in all my early morning after wine glory ;)


 We absolutely LOVE the chairs...which is a good thing, because special orders are more difficult to return :) The color and pattern are PERFECT!! I cannot wait to get the living room all put together now!! 

After my early morning wake-up call I hopped in the shower to get ready for my sister-in-laws Sprinkle. I had never heard of this before...but it's just a smaller version of a baby-shower for your second baby.


It was definitely a good time! The best part was definitely the extra time I got to spend with my grandma :) I picked her up and took her to the shower and then went back out to their house for lunch and some much needed catching up! 

After lunch, I headed home and napped for approximately 2 hours...I can't tell you the last time I napped. I forgot how much I loved a Sunday nap session :)

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, meal prepping for the week, and watching football.

And to sum up this glorious weekend I think this picture says it all..

 Alright, so I got a little off topic with my Marathon Monday post...but there is not much to report on the running front this week...

Except that I committed  the ultimate marathon training foul...

I've been wearing 2 different pairs of shoes all through training and I realized last week that both pairs needed to be replaced. Nothing like waiting until 3 weeks before the race to get new shoes right? But I thought, no biggie I will just get the same shoes for the race and still have plenty of time to break them in...

That plan would have worked perfectly, except for when I went to buy my shoes...they didn't have them :0 (insert panic attack)

I have been wearing Brooks Glycerin 12s and Mizuno Sayonara 2s...well apparently fall race season is the prime time to switch things up. My only options were the Glycerin 13s or the Sayonara 3's...UGH! I managed to talk myself off the ledge and convinced myself that the Sayonara 3s would be just fine...I mean they felt great in the store...what could go wrong.


Well...the answer to that question is...EVERYTHING! After my 8 mile tempo run my legs, ankles, and feet were not so kindly letting me know that these shoes would NOT work! 

Panic immediately ensued...what was I going to do? Why did I wait until NOW to worry about this...Less than 3 weeks to race day and I am just now getting my new shoes...major fail! 

I knew I HAD to get the same shoes I had been training in, so I checked online and was able to find my Sayonara 2s on sale! This was great because I paid for express shipping so I could get them asap and start breaking them in immediately! 

Luckily, they got there the NEXT day (thank you Dick's Sporting Goods) and I have run in them twice already and my legs are ever so grateful :)

Besides my shoe fail, the rest of the week went well. I could definitely feel the fatigue from my 20 miler during my runs early in the week, but nothing too crazy!

Monday- rest

I added an extra rest day post 20 miler

Tuesday- 4 miles (easy paced)

Nothing exciting to report for this run...my legs still felt a little heavy from my 20 miler, but all in all it went well.

Wednesday- rest

Thursday- 8 miles (6 at tempo)

The plan called for 1 mile warm-up, 6 tempo miles, and one mile cool down. But with the new (wrong) shoes I only made it a half a mile into my cool-down before I had to stop. The worst part about this run and the shoes was that my feet/legs were really sore the rest of the day...I definitely panicked a bit. 

Friday- 6 miles turned 4 ;)

Thursday morning after my extremely painful run I immediately ordered my Sayonara 2s and luckily they arrived just in time for my Friday afternoon run. Unfortunately, mother nature decided to turn the heat back up and that mixed with my sore legs/feet from the day before turned my 6 miles into 4...with a side of carpet wallowing and self pity.



Saturday- 10 miles


My last double digit run before Chicago, and it couldn't have been more perfect! I headed out a different direction than normal and just kind of winged it (wung it? wanged it? I still can't figure that one out) and ended up with a perfect 10 mile loop...my inner GPS was spot on that day! 

Sunday- rest day

All in all it was a pretty good week...and I have to say I (and my body) definitely appreciated the lower mileage. Last year the taper had me like...



but this year (so far) I am feeling pretty darn good! Let's just hope it lasts ;)



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