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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Week 12: work is stupid

Along Sunday's run

Happy Labor Day! Welcome to another weekly review linkup with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. Read more about my fall goal race here

Week of August 29-September 4
Bright colors on Tuesday night
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles (hills!)
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: rest
Saturday: 10.5 miles
Sunday: 3.5 miles

Total (Running) Miles: 24 miles
2016 Miles: 676 miles

This week was ridiculous at work: everything was due Friday. I could have skipped runs (I did skip my walks to work), but when I came home late each night I knew I needed an outlet. Plus, the weather was amazing. I didn't run far during the week and I didn't feel great (since runs usually took place immediately after dinner), but I always felt better for having completed them. The next two weeks are looking like more of the same, but I'm hoping I can keep running as an escape, no matter what distance I have time for!

On the bright side, I got in some hill work Wednesday. Columbus is pretty flat and over a normal week I only get about 50ft in elevation gain. This week I sought out hills (still small compared to hilly cities) and got in 300ft. I want to work on increasing this number. Not only does it force me out of my comfort zone, but it slows me down a bit and keeps me in line with the easy paces on my plan.

Outside the stadium on Saturday morning
Saturday was my normal training group run and we went down to The Ohio State campus to take a lap around the stadium and watch people set up for the first game of the season. Yep, at 7:00am there were already people tailgating for a noon game. Dedication, I suppose. After the run, Alex and I went to the eye doctor and picked out new glasses (wahoo!), then headed to our favorite brewery for food, beer, and football. We took an afternoon nap, then went to dinner with his parents (in town for the game). When we got home we watched a Crossfit documentary on Netflix (Fittest On Earth), which we both enjoyed.

Second photo of us not wearing running clothes in a month!
Today (Sunday) we went to brunch with Alex's parents, sister, her fiancée, and a family friend. We tried a restaurant that overlooked a park downtown. It was a perfect morning for open-air dining! After brunch, Alex and I went book shopping (yay), I did some freelance work, then he went to get a hair cut. I road along and ran home. In my haste to finish my work and get ready in a few minutes, I completely forgot to change into a sports bra and didn't realize until we were almost to the salon. Oops. Luckily, my shirt had a high neck and the bra wasn't too bad. But man, what a silly thing to forget! The run itself was too hot. 4:30pm, 86º, and full sun in the second half made it tough. My shirt was stuck to my back by the end. But you know what? Even if it was only a few miles, who cares?! I got it done. After the run we grilled out, I wrote this, ...and did more work.

Tomorrow we're going to a Labor Day Arts Fest with my parents and hanging out with some friends for dinner. This next week is going to be just as rough at work. Too bad the weather will be back in the 90s. I really enjoyed the short solace of days in the upper 70s!

What are your plans for Labor Day? Did you get to enjoy a long weekend? 
Have you ever forgotten something important on a run?
Have you watched any good movies lately?


  1. A run around the Buckeye's stadium sounds like a great run! Down here in Mississippi, some fans pay students to start setting their tailgating tents up just after midnight so that they are ready to go bright and early game day...crazy, huh? Love that you guys go 'book shopping', that's one of our favorite things to do after a nice meal out. I've never forgotten anything for a run other than my Garmin...but I did find myself in the restroom when the gun went off for my first 5k race! I had to sprint in order to catch up with the runners. Needless to say, I had a terrible finish time but it only motivated me to enter another in order to redeem myself! Hahaha!

    1. Wow -- midnight is definitely a commitment! I'd love to get paid to hold someone's spot as a student! re: Book shopping-- We have a used bookstore nearby that had a 20% off event this weekend so I stocked up! So excited to start reading them. And oh man on the race restroom situation! I've had something similar happen, but I made it in time. Glad you used it as motivation for the next one!

  2. I admire your dedication... no way I could run after dinner. I need to do it early in the morning, or exceptionally at lunch because come evening, my motivation has stopped.

    I thought of you this week because Saturday I was dressed like a highlighter and thought of your IG photo. LOL. Perfect description !

    No long weekend in France, our Labor Day is May 1st. So back to work for me... and I am not very motivated. Finding it hard to get back into a groove after the summer.

    Have a great week.

    1. Running after dinner is so tough. I try to give myself time to fully digest, but it doesn't always work. Ugh. I should have gotten up early. I found myself completely exhausted each night, but of course unable to sleep due to stress! How silly: when you need sleep the most it won't come.

      I'm having a tough time getting back into work today (and it's only been 30 minutes haha), but perhaps I'll plan to dress like a highlighter on tonight's run and have that to look forward to! ;)

  3. Great job getting in your runs with a rough week at work. Our Labor Day plans involved moving cows, but we got rained out yesterday and today. I did get in a long round of the Farming Game with my daughter and lots of cribbage with my son! and a run.

    1. Thank you, Christy! Your weekend sounds fun despite the weather throwing a wrench in your plans. We play in a (small, multi-family) cribbage tournament on vacation when we go to Canada and I once got second place. I'm glad to hear someone else plays! I feel like I get a lot of blank stares when I mention it!

  4. I caught the end of Chariots of Fire this week. I might have to look into the Crossfit documentary. I recently forgot my visor and a walker, who I see often, mentioned it as I ran by!

    1. I recommend the Crossfit doc. Wish they would have talked more about the weight lifted and distances swam/run on some of the events though!

  5. I avoid hills on short runs but like to throw them in on long runs. Like you, I count on them to slow me down. I used to forget my bra when I ran at the Y on my lunch break. Meh. I still ran and lived to tell the tale. (Body spray works wonders too. LOL.) I love bright colored clothes, running or otherwise. Thanks for linking, Elizabeth.

    1. I just realized my next race is really hilly, so hopefully my minor hill work will help! They're tough, but I know they help!

  6. I'm not sure I could run after dinner, maybe you don't eat as much as I do lol! I did get to enjoy a long holiday weekend but I paid for it two folds by traveling back all day on Tuesday and playing catch up at work and with blogging! Still worth it though! Thanks for linking up!

    1. Since last week's runs were so icky I'm trying to work around dinner. Maybe a small snack first... ;) I'm with you! Still playing catch up after the long weekend. I have another trip next week so I fear September might be a month of catch up. ha


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