Weekend Update – Sept 13/14 2014

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup – check out her site to see what everyone’s been up to! (training recap coming Tues)

Before I forget – YogaVibes is offering a special deal, $150 for a full year of 24×7 online access to 50+ teachers and 1500+ classes! (more added often)  You know I love Sage Rountree‘s Yoga for Athletes…..but there are other teachers and classes as well! Though I wasn’t very consistent at using it during the trial period, I might go back and try again over a whole year of training as I know it is helpful! (and I’m always looking to improve)

This coming week sees “fridge repair – the sequel” in which the Home Depot warranty folks come out, figure out (like the first tech did) that it’s the compressor and tell me how long it will be for them to order the part and come back to fix the fridge. Meanwhile, we now have 2 dorm fridges and the chest freezer. The second dorm fridge should help, but my cookup of veggies for the entire week is probably not happening as there’s not enough storage space. Perhaps more purchasing of salads at work will happen. Other than that, a busy week at work, my chiro appointment and regular stuff.

My weekend started early as I took Friday off work for this!

Boston 2015 registration

Boston 2015 registration

 

RUN

  • Sat – 21 miles. The best I can say is that I got it done, how I got myself through it is anybody’s guess. I’m both a wimp and mentally tough, apparently. (well, I’m very stubborn if nothing else) The PLAN was 10 miles easy pace, 10 miles goal pace, 2 miles faster than goal pace, with the last 0.25 as fast as possible. Actual: 10 miles increasing through easy pace one, 10 miles at (new, slower) goal pace (yes, I’m adjusting….) and 1 mile cooldown. I’m not sure whether I could have pulled off any more miles at goal pace, let alone faster, but one of the ways I got myself to get through the 10 was to tell myself I could cool down after – maybe you can only lie to yourself so many times to get through a run, then you’ve got to follow through. I think the goal pace was harder than it should have been given all the training I’ve been putting in and given that it wasn’t much faster than I trained for Shamrock – and that it was much slower than the pace I’d been trying. 10 at this pace, and I’d managed 8.5 at the faster goal pace some weeks ago. Truly don’t know what this all means. I am slowly realizing how much stress and poor sleep may be affecting my training though. More on this in Tuesday’s Training Recap post.
  • Sun – 7.25 miles OUTSIDE! Faster than I should have gone for a recovery run (I’m not very good at pacing), but less sore and bad than I expected after yesterday. Wore the below for the first time, comfy on the run.
Sustain the Pain tank from Reckless Running

Sustain the Pain tank from Reckless Running

NON-RUN

Saturday – Most of this day, I regret to say, was spent feeling like crap about my run and my training, worrying about my race and my health, and feeling sore, disappointed, despondent and frustrated. My tweeps were a major source of comfort and encouragement, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, one runner to another. DH was also a trooper, putting up with me and trying to talk me down/build me up. Additionally, my GERD kicked up worse than it has in months. Did try to enjoy TV and some snacking in the evening. All in all, a good day to have behind me.

Sunday – Post-run, there was breakfast, mostly on the porch….with my Irish Breakfast tea.

egg white scramble with artichoke hearts

egg white scramble with artichoke hearts

bacon!

bacon!

 

Then, I experimented with my new AeroPress and made a decaf Americano. It was quite yummy. Made it with decaf Starbucks Espresso Roast sweetened with a little stevia. First coffee I’ve had since Nov 2012 or 2013, when I gave it up due to GERD. I may keep this only as a treat on the weekends or other occasions, not sure I need to get into the addiction/habit again. We shall see. Cooked up a kabocha and noshed a little of that before heading to my much-needed massage appointment. MT recommended someone to do acupuncture to perhaps help with sleep issues, GERD and other things. I am more than willing to try it! Especially since I’m still having GERD today, and let me tell you, it’s NOT fun.

Post-massage, came back and finished prepping food for tomorrow’s in office day. Since, with the dorm fridges, I can only store so much, I was limited in my cooking and prep. May be supplementing during the week with tuna/salmon packets instead of usual grilled chicken, salads from cafeteria after tomorrow’s is gone, etc. I don’t really expect the Tuesday service call to be able to fix the fridge, they’ll likely have to order the compressor and come back AGAIN. (grrr) Grateful for our dorm fridges and chest freezer, but fairly annoying. Of course, when we got the 2nd dorm fridge (in the kitchen, other is in basement), certain items had priority.

dorm fridge freezer - priorities

dorm fridge freezer – priorities

And, yessss, got an email from the BAA, the next step in the process, telling me that pending confirmation of my times, I have been accepted into Boston 2015!! I’ll be checking the entrants’ database online starting tomorrow, and looking eagerly for the official postcard which will arrive in September. (Need to find a suitable frame.)

After that excitement, DH and I strolled to put some books in the library book drop and then meandered around the neighborhoods for a while, enjoying the not-hotness. Now I’m on the porch writing to you, soon to clean up for dinner and some TV before starting another week. The weekend was incredibly short, wasn’t it?

Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.