Well, it's not like each and every week is a carbon copy of the others, but this past week was a doozy. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it was challenging none the less.
Shall we start with Monday?
We had crazy cold and windy weather (again). With all the excitement of the Boston Marathon, I had to dig out some warm blue and yellow gear for my #nevermissaMonday run. In years past, I'm usually in a tank and shorts, but not this year. Also, I couldn't help myself from having a few fleeting thoughts of the charity running program for the marathon. For me to earn a coveted BQ (Boston Qualifying time), I'd have to knock off a good 35 minutes from my marathon PR (which includes a couple extra minutes of buffer). I honestly don't think I want it that badly to invest all the time, expense, possible heartache, and potential injury to make that happen. I'm not sure I'd be up for the challenge of raising $5K for a non-local charity, either (assuming I'd ever get selected). Ha! Like I said, lots of fleeting thoughts!
|The yellow and blue ribbons are still flying high in my yard as a tribute to the 2013 marathon bombings|
|Max escorted me on my early morning walk|
|Yes, snow on April 18th!|
|Is there anything more perfect than coming home to a perfect sunrise?|
|The stage is set.....|
|All is calm, all is bright...though my hamstrings are on fire|
Sunday was merely a continuation of Saturday, since I had been up most of the evening working at the after prom (I was able to crash for about 90 minutes after I got home from prom duties). Then, I headed to Des Moines with Barb (thankfully, she offered to be the designated driver) for the Drake Relays Road Races Half Marathon. Oh my gosh.....there will be a more thorough race recap coming in a few days, but let me just say, "I did it!" Not the sub-2:00 in my original plans (before I realized I'd be running this the morning after Prom night), but considering the hilly course, my wonky hip flexor, and my state of little sleep, I'm quite satisfied with my 2:08 finish (which also includes a 2-minute porta-a-potty detour).
|With Spike, the Drake University mascot|
In case you missed them, I only had two blog posts last week (due to all of my prom busy-ness):
What I'm Gonna LOVE About Spring
In other news:
My #FridayFashionFlair post was very well-received! There were a lot of things happening (1) pink and orange (which some people would argue the two colors clash with each other), (2) a half-tucked top (that kept trying to untuck itself even more as the day wore on). (3) distressed denim (ever so cozy), (4) a side-buckled belt (to avoid the dreaded front & center buckle bulge), and (5) a colorful scarf to tie everything all together. Whew! Are you a fan of any of these fashion trends? Every Friday I post a featured outfit on Instagram...you're welcome to join the party--> post a pic of your outfit, use the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and give me a tag (@runningonthefly).
|go bright or go home|
|Yes, it was windy|
How was your week? Any signs of spring? Racing or running highlights? Ever pulled an all-nighter, then ran a race the next morning?
I'm linking up with Holly and Wendy (and their guest host,Teresa) for the Weekly Wrap. This weekly check-in is such a great place to connect with fellow fitness-minded peeps. Please join us!