Whew – what a weekend! Friday night, we went to hang out with my moms family for a pre-reunion get together. It was at a huge park where the kids could run around and act like…kids! Carlos and I left early because he had a poker game. For a late dinner, I had Subway and made googly eyes at Iggy– ah, he is so adorable!
Saturday…my goal was to wake up at 5:30am and go for my first ever 7 mile run. When my alarm went off at 5:30am I looked outside and it was pitch black! I didn’t even think about the fact that the days are getting shorter and the sun isn’t coming up as early as it has been. I wasn’t too excited about going running by myself in the pitch black so I laid down for 30 minutes. At 6am I got up and looked outside — still dark. I contemplated going running but fear got the best of me so I decided not to run. By the time the sun started to come out, I wouldn’t have had enough time to get my run in so I showered and just got ready for the day. Carlos and I volunteered at Feed My Starving Children from 9am-11am. Such a great organization!
After volunteering we ran home to grab Iggy and our potluck food items and headed out again. We got to the park and was surrounded by all my moms family. Cousins, aunts, uncles, sisters, everything. HOW FUN! We all ate and then, my cuz Kirsten got us all ready for some games!
Among the games was one game where you had to, without your hands, cover your nose in Vaseline and stick a cotton ball to it. Then, you run to the other side and again, without hands, put the cotton ball on the plate.
Getting in on the action.
Carlos, is that a cotton ball or are you blowing your nose?
Another game was a relay. On the third station of the relay, we had to fill a 20 oz cup full of water using a 3 oz cup – you had to go back and forth between two tables as fast as you could.
Fillin' up their cups.
The faster you went, the more water seemed to spill out of the 3 oz cup. At one point, it was so slippery, Carlos slid into the table and spilled the everyone’s water. HILARIOUS!
I ended up eating my way through the day and am pretty sure I ate a dozen cookies all by myself. We didn’t leave the park until 7:30pm — we were both tired but Carlos and I ended up going over to my cuz, Kirsten’s house for an hour. We didn’t get home until 9:15pm which meant there was no way I got my 7 mile run in.
Sunday = Run Day
Since I ended up not getting my run in on Saturday, I was determined to wake up and run on Sunday (which meant no bootcamp for me, sorry Mary!) I woke up and had some pre-run fuel:
Some bread & 1/2 Justin's Nut Butter.
I ate and then waited about 20 minutes to make sure I had a chance to at least start digesting the PB. I had some water, went to the bathroom one more time, and then headed out for my run!
Many people I’ve talked with have advised me that after 50 minutes of consistent running, I should have some calories. Calories (including CARBS for immediate energy.) For my run, I brought some Power Bar Energy Gel Blasts that I found at the grocery store a couple days ago.
After 60 minutes, I ate a little more than 1/2 the packet.
These were so yummy! They tasted exactly like fruit chews but were a little sweeter – and I’m all about sweet! Although I walked for a total of about 2 minutes, I was so excited to finish the entire thing! It was all about mind over matter. There were a couple times when I wanted to walk more but I just kept pushing myself. For me, it isn’t about time — just that I finish.
AND I FINISHED!
Post-run = all smiles!
I ate the rest of the fruit gels when I got home and sat on the couch staring off into space…in awe for about 5 minutes. Carlos finally told me to get in the shower while he made breakfast. Bacon & eggs. YUM!
7 miles in 1 hour, 25 minutes.
EEEKKKK – I cannot believe I ran for that long! Amazing, simply amazing!
The rest of my Sunday was pretty laid back – laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and 2 episodes of Hells Kitchen on Hulu. As busy as a weekend can get for us around here, I am all about the no plans on Sunday to catch up and have at least one day of just whatever happens!
I thought I would be hungrier than I was but maybe it was all the cookies I had on Saturday? Or, maybe I’ll be super hungry Monday? We’ll see!
How was your weekend?