Manic Monday and Double Digits!

This is going to be a slightly different Manic Monday–since my vacation recap post covered everything through last Wednesday, I’ll start with Thursday and go through the weekend.  Things should be back to normal next week 🙂

Thursday (Scheduled 3 mile run)

I was pretty pooped after my long drive on Wednesday, so I did absolutely nothing on Thursday except relax.  It was great.

Friday (Scheduled rest day)

We had a big celebration at work in honor of being voted one of the best places to work in the State of Vermont–first we did a chocolate bar making class at the South End Kitchen.  Can you say delicious?  My friend Emily taught the class, so it was really nice to see her as an added bonus.  Then, the rest of the day was a luau back at the office, with beer pong, cornhole, and lots of food.  I tried to be good, and honestly, I didn’t eat as much as I could have, so I call that a win.  I thank my #Chewsday partners Kim and Princess Lisa for supporting me through what could have been a nutritional disaster.



In process

In process

The finished product.  Yum!

The finished product. Yum!

Saturday (Scheduled 10 mile run)

I’m gonna talk a bit more about this later in the post, but for now, I’ll just say, I DID IT!  This was my first ever double digit run, and the longest training run I’ll get before my half in 2 weeks.  Thank jeebus.

Photo Jun 14, 11 07 11 AM

Then we went to our friends’ wedding up in the Northeast Kingdom.  It was a blast.  Too much food, and too much booze were consumed.  I will pretty much consider this a cheat weekend of epic proportions.  Time to dial it back and get back on track with the #Chewsday Challenge.

Sunday (Scheduled rest day)

We sort of continued the excess train on Sunday–I had several beers and didn’t eat all that well, but it could have been worse.  At least we did our meal planning and went grocery shopping, so I’m ready with healthy meals and snacks for the week.  I also did a short upper body circuit after dinner because I was feeling gross.

So, back to the long run.  I can’t lie, 10 miles was really, really challenging.  I would like to blame it on being overtired, or dehydrated, or the fact that it was relatively warm and humid, but I’m not sure I can.  I had to take a couple of walk breaks, especially while eating my Gu’s.  The route I take for my long runs has a couple of long, gradual hills that are really punishing, mentally and physically, and one of them is at mile 7-8, so by that point I was exhausted and just ready to be done.  Thankfully, after that point, the finish was all flat or downhill, so I was able to finish strong.

They say that if you can hit 10 miles during training, adrenaline will carry you the final 3.1 in a race.  I really hope that’s true, because it took everything I had to make it to 10 miles on Saturday.  I had to run by my house to get that last tenth of a mile, and I was ready to scream or cry or both.

Honestly, though, I think the fact that it was so hard, but I did it anyway, is a good thing.  I know what it feels like to want nothing more in the world than to give up, to just stop running, but to keep going anyway.  I even started running again after taking walk breaks, which are usually deadly for me–once I stop running, I don’t usually start again.  So I guess I’m ready?  I’m doing a mini taper, so I’ll continue my 3 mile short runs during the week, and my long run on Saturday will only be 6 or 7 miles.  Then two short runs the following week, and then it’s show time.  Holy crap.

Did you have a nice weekend?

Have you been to a wedding recently?


14 thoughts on “Manic Monday and Double Digits!

  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe says:

    I had a great weekend, but I am right with you there in gorge-city. I had my long run on Saturday morning too and it was like the animal was unleashed after. I think it was because a) I was in a social situation and there really was TOO MUCH FOOD and a lot of easy snacking food so I never really felt satisfied to the point that I didn’t want to/feel deterred from eating more. And we spent the night there, and things are just open and then there are smores. Plus, even though I wasn’t necessarily starving post run, it was the classic, “well I ran this far” situation. And my run was a challenge too. You’ve got it. I promise. I liked having done a full 13 before my half, but I can tell you that if you can do 10 you can do 13.
    And we were at a wedding 2 weeks ago, and cut a ruuuuuuuuggggg.

    • DarlinRae says:

      What is it about social situations and eating like a starving person?! Thank god I ran as far as I did, otherwise they would have had to roll me out of there after the reception…

  2. kebe51 says:

    Congrats on hitting double digits! That’s awesome! Woohoo! If you got 10, you got 13.1! I’m not going to lie, the last 3.1 is always the hardest for me, but that’s only because I know I’m SO close to being done that my body translates it as being done. But that’s just me. Either way, I know you got this! 🙂

  3. dgobs says:

    Double digits! Wahoo!! Awesome job! 😀 I’m sure you’ll do great at your half… adrenaline and crowds and race atmosphere and awesome volunteers cheering you on can only help!

    Congrats, too, on your workplace being voted one of the best to work at in VT! (Do you agree? 🙂 ) It sounds like you guys know how to celebrate anyway – sounded like Friday was a blast!

    The last wedding I went to was one of my faves… the couple got married on stage at a local theater, then had their reception at a candlepin bowling alley. So. Awesome.

    • DarlinRae says:

      That wedding sounds like so much fun! I’ve considered getting married onstage as well, but I think Ben would hate that, lol!

      I definitely agree that my place of work is amazing–they really value their employees and fun is always a priority 🙂

  4. Kimberley@Black Dog Runs Disney says:

    Egads, I think I actually feel MY waistline expanding from all that food. Makes me feel a little better about the vanilla ice cream that I of course, mixed with a crumbled choc, chip cookie and mini pb cups last night, lol! 🙂 Oh well, us girls gotta splurge sometime! Congrats on the 10 miles!!! Whoo hoo!!!! And yes, the last 3.1 will feel like nothing. Literally. You won’t feel a thing. Even your legs. Enjoy! 🙂

  5. txa1265 says:

    Awesome on the double digit run! It is an amazing milestone to get past – I remember mentally how much it meant to me! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!

    We were busy, busy, busy – yard sale saturday followed by high school Pops concert for the kids, then father’s day yesterday. Fun weekend 🙂

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