Hey everyone! Happy Monday. Are Monday’s actually happy though? Back to the grind, back to routine, and goodbye to the weekend.
It’s not all bad, though! It’s a fresh start, right?
Today I wanted to recap Saturday for you, as I tend to do on Monday mornings. Saturdays are typically either super busy, or they are like this past Saturday where the day flew by, despite the fact that I didn’t get too much done. Note: my definition of an unproductive day means I didn’t get to clean the house top to bottom, vacuum, and get all the laundry done. Insert eye roll here. Boring hey, haha.
Anyway, Saturday started as it normally does for me – with a run! I had prepared the night before by sticking a water bottle in the freezer & putting my Honey Stinger gel in my water belt. Typically I do not run with a water belt all the time; they are kind of dorky looking, but at this point I’m more concerned about NOT dying from dehydration and less about what my running outfit looks like. Plus, you don’t always need to carry water with you while you’re on the go. It ended up being a life saver on this run, considering it was already HOT hot hot out when I started the run at 7am.
I had 14 miles on my training plan for Saturday, which is my longest run in A LONG TIME. The last time I ran 14 miles (or 22.5km) was years ago when I was still living with my parents in Chemainus. I tend to get comfortable at certain distances – usually around 10-12 – but obviously marathon training will be bringing me outside of this box. As my pal Jillian Michaels says, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” Oookay then!
It took me 2 hour and 17 minutes to complete my run, which I did at a comfortable-ish pace. I mean, how comfortable can you be when you have to go up ALL the hills on your way home? Boo. If anything, it’ll make me a stronger runner for the marathon, anyway! My run was a mix of roads and trails, and I felt super accomplished when it was completed. Another week of marathon training done and dusted! Of course, I did start training back in mid-May, but this marks the third week of my new training plan, which I chatted about on the podcast in episode nine.
So, how did this week go? I know you’re all dying to know, so here we go.
Monday: An easy 5 miles. This was also the day we hiked Mt Tzouhalem last week.
Tuesday: 8 miles of hills. Hills. My nemesis, but I know you are good for me. This was also the day that I had tummy troubles and had to run home at mile 6, then picked up Nala for the last two miles, then my watch died at mile 6.68-ish and I ran until I figured we had covered 8 miles or a bit over that. Oh well. Such is life!
Wednesday: Easy 6 treadmill miles after work
Thursday: Easy breezy beautiful three miles. Splits were 9:33, 9:05, 9:32 – goal marathon pace sandwiched between two hills. I was happy with this one!
Friday: REST. Literally did nothing after work and also slept in, so that was nice!
Saturday: 14 miles
Onward to a new week in training!
Then after my run, I puttered around the house & started to play around with the podcast a bit. More to come on that. I also ran a few errands, then went to a friend’s house to hang out and chat on the deck with a cup of tea. It was a great afternoon, and I met my mom & dad’s new cat, Lucille! My sister thinks it’s so funny for animals to have human names, so that’s how Miss Lucille came about. Lucy for short!
She is sooo stinking cute. And TINY too! When I walked in the door and saw this tiny little thing frolicking towards me I was like. Oh my GOSH and instantly fell in love. Don’t worry Nala & Simba. I love you guys too, but I mean. Who doesn’t love kitties!?
After making my rounds visiting, I came home and that’s where the story ends! I made a salmon burger and salad, watched The Devil Wears Prada, and then snacked on some cherries. They are the best summer snack!
I hope you guys have an awesome day! Catch ya in the morning : )