Well, another crazy & busy week is all finished. This week's theme? Proud moments.
Monday started out with a half day at the office, an afternoon playing "catch-up" on the blog, and 75 minutes of stage rehearsals for the youngest daughter's dance recital.
Oh, and there was that little #nevermissaMonday adventure when I returned home from the dance stuff. I met up with my friend, Barb, and we decided to run a "a few" miles. I typically run a simple mile (sometimes two) just to have some form of fitness/exercise on a day when I typically do not feel like doing so.
I knew my week was going to be crazy, and my running opportunities limited, so Monday was a prime day to "get ahead" on the miles. Barb has gotten to be quite a bit faster than me, and sometimes she has a lot more energy to get it done quickly. We ran about four miles at what felt like a fast tempo pace. I didn't have my watch, and her watch was having some attitude...but we guessed our pace to near (or under) a 9-minute pace. I'm proud that I could keep up with her! We just ran "by feel," and had limited conversation because it's kind of hard to talk in complete sentences when you're (darn near) hyperventilating. Also, we were chasing daylight....it was still bright outside when I left the house, but near dark when I returned home. And I slept like a baby that night.
|From daylight to street lights....|
Wednesday was a day of icky weather, long hours at the office, and a 4:00PM start time for the dress rehearsal for recital. The daughter is now old enough to drive herself (and just took all her "dance gear" with her to school that morning, so all I had to do was meet her backstage with some snacks.
Thursday was a day with decent spring temps, and I finished up at work shortly after noon, so I was able to stay home for the afternoon. The temps were cool (in the mid-50's), and were similar to what was in the forecast for my half marathon (on Sunday). I decided to go for a run and test out some race day clothing options.
Guess what? Rain was in the forecast for the next several days. I have run several half marathons (26, not that I've ever counted), and I have run some of them in the rain. Those races in the rain, though, have all been in much warmer weather. Rain in 50-degree temps, I'm guessing, feels much different than rain in 70-degree temps. Ugh.
|The "test run" in potential race day wear proved successful (in knowing what NOT to wear)|
As soon as I got home, I had a text from the daughter. She had another tennis meet (that we were planning to go to, out of town), but had learned she would (again) be playing sooner than later. Yikes. I called the husband home, did a quick wipe-down and changed clothes (but left the hat in place, to hide the hair). We were on the road within 20 minutes, and decided to take Max along. Dogs are not allowed at tennis meets, but it was cold enough that he could stay in the car for the 30 minutes or so of her match. She and her doubles partner won 6-2, just as the rain started (#proudtennismom).
|All snuggled up with his blanky in the back seat|
|Proud parents-take 1|
|With her dance instructor|
Then, about halfway through the morning, I got the bright idea to go for a run in the rain. Why? Because the temps, again, were almost identical to what the race day temps would be. I still wasn't sure of what to wear on race day...so I pulled on some capri's, a short-sleeved tech shirt, arm warmers, and my windbreaker jacket and headed out.
The rain was light when I left the house, but gradually started coming down with more force by the time I returned back home. I only ran 2-1/2 easy-paced miles... but knew I'd chosen the right combination of layers. Success! Another proud "running revelation" moment.
|Yes, it was a wet morning (the light pink hat was a dark hot pink hat when I returned home)|
|Proud parents-take 2|
This was my first half marathon of 2016; it had been almost six months since my last one. This also was a new (to me) event, so I was a tad bit giddy with the excitement of running a new route. Spoiler alert! I'll just dangle a small carrot and share that the 13.1 miles went well, despite the constant hills...and I managed a sub-2 hour finish! The full race recap is in the works....(stay tuned).
|All aglow from that runner's high (and, perhaps, a little bit of background lighting)|
Spring continues to brighten my world. This week, the Lilies of the Valley started blooming.
|These little beauties smell so sweet!|
|Here comes the color!|
|Just a dipping....|
As usual, I'm linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. Do head over and checkout their blogs, as well as all the others.