Running On Average

I Ran and Got My Green Thumb

It’s Monday once again!

I had a super productive and amazingly fun weekend. Friday, after a two-hour nap (oops), I cleaned the kitchen and ran some errands at Target and Sephora. Then came home, baked a frozen California Pizza Kitchen pizza and folded laundry while watching National Treasure. I live a wild life.

I bought The Art of Racing in the Rain at Target, but haven’t gotten to start it yet. Has anybody read it? Thoughts?

Saturday, I was up at 6:15 for no reason so I decided to get the day going. Started by having the breakfast of champions.

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Then was out for a run at 7:30. It was a gorgeous morning for a run. A little warm and muggy, but I really enjoyed it. I did 3 hilly miles at a little under a 10-minute pace. It doesn’t seem far or fast, but I’m making a slow comeback I hope. I really enjoyed this run and it was the best I’ve felt during one in a while. I also made friends with an adorable golden retriever puppy!!

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After my run, I had a slightly healthier breakfast. Balance.

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Then got to work cleaning the house: dusting, vacuuming, straightening up, cleaning the bathrooms, etc. I was done by 10ish, so I de-stinkified and headed over to Bed, Bath and Beyond for some frames Dave and I had on our wedding registry. I wanted to surprise him with them when he got home. Smile

Best part of the day: Dave took an early flight and got home at 1:30pm instead of 10pm!! It was so so so great to see him! We spent the afternoon napping, then making Strawberry Filled Vanilla Rolls and buffalo chicken wraps for dinner and relaxed the rest of the day.

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Sunday started by going to Mass and making the final decision to switch churches. I haven’t been a big fan of ours for a while, but the priest’s “homily” was awful. It was basically a beg for money, but in a very rude almost shaming way. The actual homily last the last 10% of the time, maybe. So we’re out. Time to find a new church.

Afterward, we split an iced latte from Get-Go (cut with regular coffee because it was grossly sweet) and made an actual breakfast of champions: bagel thins with cream cheese, turkey bacon and eggs packed full of veggies, eating al fresco in the beautiful weather.

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We decided to get our green thumbs on and headed to Home Depot for a planting and flower adventure! It started to rain while we were out looking at all the flowers and I was just stupid giddy happy. The smell of dirt and rain= summer. We loaded up and headed home to create a little container garden on our back patio.

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We have Shasta and African daisies, marigolds, some cute blue flowers, basil, cilantro, and sweet mint (I loooove growing mint). Aren’t the containers adorable?!

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The weekend finished up with a BBQ at a friend’s house. I have no pictures of this, but it was great fun. Pretty simple with burgers, chips, roasted veggies, and a cheesecake (because why not?). The weather was so weird. It would be nice and sunny for a while so we’d be sitting outside then out of nowhere it began pouring so we all made a mad dash for indoors. It happened a few times! Haha

Now it’s back to reality. I do like my job, but man, I’d love the weekends to be longer!!

How was your weekend?

What’s your favorite flower? (Mine are Gerber daisies!)

The Cold, The Warm, and The Rain

I wrote an entire post and then deleted it. #EpicFail

Saturday it was still cold, but warm enough and with nice enough weather that I got to run outside. WOO!!! I did 13+ miles at a 9:51 pace. My goal was to keep a 10:00-10:20 pace, according to my training schedule, but the pace I kept felt really great. I didn’t get tired until mile 11.5, but I finished strong so I’m happy.

Starting the run:

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I ran mainly on the roads, which were pretty clear except for some icy/slushy patches. I ran on the paths a bit, but they were pretty snow-covered so it was little agility game!

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Welcome to 2015!

Did everyone have a great new year? We had a little shindig at our house…

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…and, of course, had pork n sauerkraut on New Year’s Day.

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On Friday, I got to take my new Garmin Forerunner 220 on its first run! It was short and sweet and Dave came along. So much fun!

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Saturday, Dave and I ran a local Wellness Dash. It was freezing rain and nasty all morning, but luckily it stopped by noon when the race was. I came in the first female finisher!

I also won the crazy hat contest, which means a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods! Winning!!

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Monday I ran on the treadmill at work with my FR220. It was a little more generous with the mileage than the treadmill, but pretty close. I’ll take it. And may I add that it’s my 5th run in a row without any colitis issues! HURRAY! Gosh, I hope this streak continues.

Yesterday was a lazy day. I got into work late because of weather and traffic (like WAY late), so I skipped my lunch/gym break. Boo.

Today, no lunch break again because I left early for a doctor’s appointment, so when I came home I did two yoga videos from Amazon. Nothing too tough, but it felt really good. I haven’t done yoga in sooooo long, it was great to stretch it out. I need to get back into it!

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Then some tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner. I’ve been on a crazy soup kick lately.

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And coffee. All the warm beverages!

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Now, I’m flashing back to my teenage years and watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Hulu.

How about you? How’s your first week of 2015 been? Have you made any resolutions?

Check back with me tomorrow to see what mine are!!