Yesterday rounded out the end of my birthday week
and a half and it was kind of sad. Now I have to find other ways to convince people to do things for me or “celebrate me” other than “because it’s my birthday week.” 25 does have a nice ring to it and I am excited for what this year has in store!
Let’s recap all of the weekend-birthday-marvelousness, shall we?
Friday I was “allowed” to open up some of my presents and I am not even ashamed to admit that I LOVE PRESENTS!
I got a few cards, new Toms (which I love), lulu giftcards and the new Garmin 220. Unfortunately, the watch isn’t in my possession yet, so the BF did the next best thing and taped a picture to a jar of Nuttzo.
[Side note: I have been wanting to try Nuttzo for months, but could never really justify the $20 price tag considering how fast I go through a jar of almond butter... and I have to say, I think I may prefer TJ's $6.99 brand better. Something about the pumpkin-seed flavor just gets to me. It's good, but not worth the $$.]
I can barely contain my excitement about the watch. I can’t wait to run with it and sleep with it and shower with it… oh wait….
Anyway, I hope I get it in time for my last long run (20 miles! weekend after Christmas).
The “stop-when-you-stop” (technical term, obvs.) feature will really come in handy because my RunKeeper app was nearly the death of me on our 18 mile run Saturday morning.
I set my goal pace at 9:30/mile (she (lol) tells us every mile: our distance, average pace and how far ahead or behind our goal pace). Usually it takes me about 2 miles to fully warm up and get into my groove, but at mile 2 we were on track with a 9:40/mile pace and I was feeling pretty chipper (OK, that’s kind of a stretch). Then, we had to stop at a LONG light which knocked our avg. pace down 20-30 seconds. No matter how hard we tried, we kept getting stuck at lights or streets and couldn’t make up our time.
So, every mile I was reminded how SLOW and BEHIND we were. It was brutal. It made me a liiiiitle crabby.
Okay, and let’s talk for a second about what I am wearing. Due to the fact that it was 29 degrees when we started running… I needed something kind of heavy-warm. You know? So I found my old cheerleading warm-up jacket (like a wind jacket lol) from college in one of my closets so I wore that. And I am 99% sure I looked like a wrestler trying to lose some water-weight because it’s huge. And, it’s a wind jacket.
ANYWAY, I really wanted to meet my goal. :( And, I am a little discouraged after learning that my BFF KILLED her run and is seriously on track for a sub 4 marathon (so awesome for her!).
They say to run your long runs slow and at a conversational pace…. and it was (except the last 2 or 3 miles, I was NOT in a talking mood)… but I feel unprepared for the race day. So, instead of my mile interval runs on Wednesday’s (second longest run of the week)… I am going to try and run those at or below race pace – around 9 minute miles.
This Wednesday we have 9 miles (so killer at 4AM), so we will see how that goes. Wish me luck.
Wow, that was a lot of rambling. Hopefully you’re still with me.
After our run, we started on some Christmas cookies and then I got pretty for dinner.
Me with (clean) hair + make-up + NON workout or yoga clothes only happens every once in a great while. So I documented it. And I’m pretty sure while I was taking selfies in my bathroom mirror, the BF was yelling to me asking if I was almost ready. #typical
Then, we met my BFF at Texas Roadhouse where I stuffed myself silly and THEN got ColdStone.
It was the best decision I’ve made in a LONG time. I went crazy and got the LOVE IT size and added cookie dough.
Sunday we finished our baking, went to church and prepped a LOT of food for this week and next (when we have visitors in town).
- Banana bread (for the BF’s breakfasts)
- Lunches (sandwiches/wraps)
- Calzones (BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian, Pepperoni/Sausage) – about 18 of them!
- Cookie dough (frozen in balls and ready to be baked)
- HB Eggs
Now that I write it out… Doesn’t seem like a lot! Those calzones are TIME CONSUMING. There was flour EVERYWHERE.
And incase you were wondering, this is what happens when a bag of frozen rolls doesn’t make it into the freezer. The BF and I both were wondering “when did we get a turkey?” Haha!
OH, and I found another dirty hairstyle that’s perfect for church. Win!
I hope you had a marvelous weekend as well! <3
PS- Visit Katie’s blog for more marvelous-ness!