Manic Monday – 06/02/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out goals for the upcoming week.

Overall I feel really good about this week.  Now that my bike is back on the road, I’m incorporating a lot more cross-training without even really trying, and I did all of my scheduled runs, including an 8 mile long run in the summer-y heat.

Monday (Scheduled cross-training day)
We were still in MA for Memorial Day weekend, and this is the day I did my kick-butt track intervals, for a total of 3.2 miles.

Photo May 26, 10 48 44 AM

Tuesday (Scheduled run day)
Since I ran on Monday, I took Tuesday as a rest day, other than walking to and from work (~4 miles).

Wednesday (Scheduled cross-training day)
Ben and I got up early and did 3.2 miles before work, and I biked to and from work (~7.4 miles).

Thursday (Scheduled run day)
I decided to just bike to and from work (~7.4 miles).

Friday (Scheduled rest day)
We were house-sitting for Ben’s parents for the weekend.  Ben and I spent the evening hanging out and drinking a few beers while I prepped for my friend Aimee’s baby shower on Saturday.  We may or may not have had a German techno dance party in his parents’ kitchen…

Saturday (Scheduled long run)
I threw a baby shower for my friend Aimee.  The theme was orange and gray and foxes.  It was a nice, small gathering with good food and good people.  I felt really great about doing something nice for my friend.  I intended to run after the shower, but since I had nothing but soda and sangria to drink for about 5 hours, I decided it wasn’t a good idea.

Photo Jun 02, 9 34 16 AM

Sunday (Scheduled rest day)
After a delicious home-made omelet with mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers and onions, I headed into town to babysit my friend Emily’s daughter, Molly, while she and her hubby Scott did some home improvement projects.  It was a beautiful day, so Molly and I took a long walk along the bike path, and then hung out outside.  Unfortunately, I got a bit of a sunburn, and a huge spider bite on my back 😦

And then I went for an 8 miler in the sunny, summery heat.  I was supposed to do 10, but I wasn’t sure I was well hydrated or fueled enough for that (one glass of water and a handful of Cheeze-Its over the course of 5 hours doesn’t really do much).  It was about 77 degrees for the duration of my run, so I made sure to just take it slow.  I ran about a minute per mile slower than my usual long run pace, but I never felt dehydrated or nauseous at all, so I feel pretty good about it.  I’m trying to acclimate myself to running in warmer weather since there’s no predicting what the day of the half will be like.  In Vermont, it could be 50 and overcast, or 80, sunny and humid.

Photo Jun 01, 9 04 18 PM

Goals for this week:

  • Keep riding to and from work (weather permitting)
  • Exercise moderation while on vacation next week.  My family is headed to Cape Cod starting Friday, and it’s usually a week of excess.  I need to get in a long run on Saturday (hopefully double digits), and at least one other short run, in addition to some walking.  I’m hoping to enjoy myself while not going totally overboard on the food and booze.

How do you stay on track while on vacation?

Have you been to a baby shower recently?

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9 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 06/02/14

  1. dgobs says:

    I think anytime you can have a German techno dance party in an in-law’s kitchen is a win 🙂

    I’ve never been great with staying on track during vacations… especially if I’m somewhere without my car and don’t know the area very well. Then I’m less likely to go out for a run on my own, and end up being dependent on Drew who likes to relax more than run. I think in the future I’ll look up good running paths (with directions!) and try to promise myself that I’ll do the most interesting looking ones – then it’s a fun way to explore the area as well! I bet there are a bunch of good running spots on the Cape.

    I went to a baby shower last month, a circus-themed one complete with homemade fun-house mirrors and the mom-to-be’s baby nephew dressed up like a ringmaster. It was totally adorable and very fun!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Oh my gosh that shower sounds awesome! This one was much more low-key.

      I should definitely look up running paths! I’m sure there are plenty of pretty ones. Just need to be careful because there’s a LOT of poison ivy on the Cape…

  2. SuzLyfe says:

    I want to see more pics of the baby shower! I love to cater and throw parties for people, and I love to see what other people do for those types of parties. Great job this week! And good for you for doing track workouts. You are a greater woman than I

    • DarlinRae says:

      Thank you! I don’t do them as often as I should, but when the track was literally next door, I kind of had to 🙂

      The shower was so much fun! It’s the first time I’ve planned a party like that for someone else (but I do throw myself a birthday party every year!) and I had so much fun! I didn’t take as many pictures as I meant to because I was running around like a crazy lady putting everything together.

      • SuzLyfe says:

        I had the same issue (lack of pics) from when I did that bridal shower. Wish I had just hired someone to document everything!

  3. txa1265 says:

    When we were on the Cape a couple of years ago I did a couple of runs, but mostly biking. The issue (we were in the Falmouth area) was more the narrowness of the main roads – once I got out of I could just run, and then there are so many cool routes that run parallel to the beach … aahh, want to be there now! 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I’m really looking forward to this trip. I’ve already planned a couple of routes. The main roads in Dennis are pretty narrow too, and a lot of the smaller side streets are cul-de-sacs or dead ends, so finding a continuous route is tricky!

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