Manic Monday – 10/06/14

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

Monday (Attend Athleta Church Street Grand Opening Party)
You can read all about it here.  I intended to try and squeeze in some gym time afterwards, but traffic was really crappy so I just gave up and went home.

Tuesday (Scheduled Hill Repeats)
This actually went as planned.  There is a neighborhood right near my office that’s got a perfectly square block that’s flat on two sides, and an incline on two sides.  I just ran over there, ran around the block 6 times, and back to my office, for a total of 2.35 miles.

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Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training)
When I wrote my schedule out for the week, I completely forgot about our client appreciation event scheduled for this evening.  I was at our event until about 9 pm, so needless to say, I did not work out at all.

Thursday (Scheduled 5 Mile Run)
We decided to go indoor rock climbing with our friends, David and Alex.  I was happy to do some form of cross-training this week, and rock climbing is an excellent full-body workout.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I made up Thursday’s 5 mile run along the waterfront after work.  It was a gorgeous evening, and I managed negative splits the whole way!

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After my run, I met Ben at our friends’ house to shower, and then I watched his team play broom ball.  They lost, but it was a good game.  And then we went for a late dinner at Leunig’s Bistro, which is a very fancy schmancy restaurant.  But they have a late-night prix fixe menu that’s really good and affordable.

Saturday (Scheduled 9 Mile Run)
Yeah, that didn’t happen.  We slept in.  Made a dump run.  Did some stuff around the house.  And went to an AMAZING Oktoberfest party at one of Ben’s mom’s coworker’s house.  It’s a restored farm house with the original barn.  Can you guess where we partied?  Yeah, in the barn.  With polka music on the stereo and a keg of Trappe Brewery pilsner.  Later in the evening the instruments came out and we had a sing a long.  I was in my happy place 🙂

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Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I finally did a long run!  Yay!  I slept in, and had coffee, grits, and toast with sunflower seed butter for breakfast.  I sort of took my time getting out the door, but eventually I did.  We currently live basically on the side of a mountain, so the entire “out” portion of my out and back run was pretty much downhill, and the “back” portion was essentially uphill.  Thankfully, I was smart and tacked on a bit extra in the middle so that I would finish my mileage before the really gigantic uphill portion, and walked the rest of the way home.  It was a perfect day to run–sunny, cool breeze, temps in the 50s.  I honestly felt like I could have run an entire half marathon that day.  After stretching, rolling, eating, and showering, I did two loads of laundry and then sat on my butt for the rest of the day.  It. was. awesome.

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I’m a bit sore today, so I’m planning to take a rest day to give my muscles a break.

Plan for this week:

  • Monday:  Rest/stretch/roll
  • Tuesday:  Hair cut and 40 min tempo run
  • Wednesday:  Bike and elliptical
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy
  • Friday:  Rest day (maybe go visit my folks?)
  • Saturday:  10k virtual race (Jost Oktoberfest?)
  • Sunday:  Rest/yoga/stretch/roll etc

Who ran long this weekend?  Who raced?  How did it go??

Friday Free-For-All (Sixteen)

Welcome to Friday Free-For-All, where I talk about anything and everything on my mind.  This is usually just a great big brain dump, so brace yourselves!

Today is Ben’s and my 6th anniversary!  Funny story, we just sort of started “hanging out” casually, and never really had a discussion of “you are my boyfriend/you are my girlfriend,” it just kind of happened organically.  So when we looked back, we realized we didn’t have an official first date or day to celebrate our anniversary, so we just picked a day sort of around the time we started hanging out 🙂  So tonight, I will run my five miles, shower, change, cheer Ben on at his broom ball game, and then we’re going out for a late dinner.  I am intensely grateful to have such a smart, caring, and goofy life partner.

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We went indoor rock climbing last night.  There’s a really great climbing gym, Petra Cliffs about 2 minutes from my office, and we have friends who are REALLY into it, so Ben and I met them there last night.  For $25, you get a “beginner’s package,” which includes a climbing pass, harness and shoe rental, and an introduction to the belay system from one of the staff.  Guys, this is a KILLER full-body workout.  Yes, you use your arms a lot, and in ways you typically don’t (hello grip strength and forearms), but you also need your core to help you move around, and your legs are instrumental in pushing yourself up.  I was exhausted after only an hour there (which was probably only about 20 minutes total climbing time).  We had lots of fun, so we will most likely be going back.

Some nice cuts and abrasions from climbing like a BAMF

Some nice cuts and abrasions from climbing like a BAMF

I’m taking part in the #rocktoberfit photo challenge.  I found this on Esther’s blog, but she let me know the original idea came from Jess at Operation Skinny Jeans.  I’m almost done with my #100happydays photo challenge, and I wanted to start a new one to keep me going.  I really like the idea of taking and posting at least one photo a day, so it’s nice to have something to work towards.  If you want to join in, here’s the graphic.  Just use the hashtag #rocktoberfit and tag @operationskinnyjeans

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We are going to an Oktoberfest party on Saturday.  This is an annual party held by one of Ben’s mom’s coworkers, and is apparently a very good time.  I’m excited to spend some time outdoors and drink some beers 🙂

I also have to make up my 9 mile run this weekend.  I think I’m going to haul my butt to the local high school track and run in circles.  There’s some nice foliage in that area, and I’m hoping that no teams will be practicing early on a Sunday morning.  I’m feeling pretty good about this run; hopefully it goes as well as I’m imagining it will.

Are you doing any photo challenges right now?

Have you gone to an Oktoberfest celebration this fall?