Monday, December 23, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up

This week I logged just over 18 miles, which is more than I've done in quite some time. I'm avoiding putting together my "year in review" post too early, but on my long run Sunday I just kept thinking about how much this year has changed me in so many ways.
I haven't seen numbers like this in way too long. It's nice to be training seriously again.
Those posts always take some real effort to put together, so I need to wait until after Christmas.

Anyway, Sunday I peeled myself out of bed thirty minutes later than planned and went out for my long run. Last week I had posed the question about how to work my race and long run into the same weekend, and I decided to heed the advice of a fellow runner that basically went something like this: run long after the race; it'll give you practice at running on tired legs.
My splits were incredibly even.
That was definitely accurate. My legs were tired from mile 1, but I ran the entire distance without walk breaks and enjoyed the whole thing. I was elated and so proud of my perseverance to push through the discomfort! I just knew I could be stronger than my legs wanted me to be, and I was!

This was my second long run during which I wore the fuelbelt (the first being last weekend's 7-miler). It really is super comfortable and I needed the water. Because I was late getting started, it ended up being really warm toward the end of the run.

I took a new route; it was gorgeous and perfect and I was a terrible blogger (but great runner) because I was too into the run to stop and take any pictures. When I run on Christmas morning, I'll be sure to get some...especially if the gator I saw Sunday is out again on Wednesday!
Ahh...perfect ice bath!
After the run, I was hoping to jump into my parents' pool. I peeled off my socks and dipped my feet in only to find out it was freezing. They don't heat the pool when it's not in use, and it doesn't get a ton of direct sunlight. It was the most convenient ice bath ever!
After the run, Matt and I drove to meet friends at Downtown Disney to see Anchorman 2, which was hilarious and random but really poked fun at "news" channels these days. The theater has real table service, so we enjoyed snacks and drinks while we watched. We stopped at Ghiradelli's for sundaes before coming home.

All told, this was a great weekend! I'm trying to use every moment of winter break to its fullest. I'd say it's been successful so far.

How are you spending your days leading up to Christmas and New Years?
How was your weekend?
What's the next movie on your "to watch" list? We need to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and American Hustle!



  1. Awesome job with the mileage! What app are you using to record your distance? I really like that layout. :)

    You actually saw a gator? I've never seen one. I've only been to Florida two times and I don't think I realized that they were so close :0

    My weekend was insanely busy doing Christmas things, but it was fun.

    I really want to see Anchor Man 2! I love all those actors and can only imagine how funny it is!

    1. That pic is from the Daily Mile website screencapped on my phone. Their app is called "electric miles". I use them both!

      If you're in FL near a lake, chances are there's a gator nearby. Unfortunately, I didn't see him this morning!

    2. Great, thanks! I'm going to check it out :)

  2. I have never been to a movie w/ table service. Oh my gosh I would love that!

  3. Awesome long run! I love the idea of using the pool as an ice bath afterwards!

    I really want to see American Hustle. I think Adam and I are going to go tonight.

    1. It definitely took all the work out of icing, plus I got to sit in the sun!

  4. Awesome run! I think it's so great that you did it even after the race! We runners are crazy! I saw American Hustle yesterday for my birthday movie and it was fantastic. I love Jennifer Lawrence, so I might be biased.

    1. I love her too!!! All her interviews are hilarious and she's super talented.

  5. Great job with your mileage! The 8 miler sounds like so much fun!
    And Happy Holidays :)

  6. Yay for your 8 miler girl!!!! :)
    I told Gunshow that I want a pool when we buy a house so I can use it after my long runs :)
    I think I may have him convinced!!!!
    I am exciting to write my "end of year" post but find it so daunting!!!! lol
    Can't wait to read yours! :)

    1. I think I've hopped in the pool a total of 3 times post-run. As hot as it is, I just prefer a shower haha!