First of all - thank you so much for the birthday wishes and donations to my Humane Society fund! I'll get more into my birthday festivities after a peek at this weeks lackluster workouts.
With all the health drama I've been having I've started to break away from the marathon training plan. I followed it precisely for the first 12 weeks but I cut back the mileage a bit this week and took an extra rest day when I accidentally forgot to set my alarm and ended up sleeping in 2 hours!
I'm also dealing with extreme shin splints. As in, I can't even flex my foot to lift my foot off the ground enough to walk a few minutes into my run. I've found that if I can get to the 2 mile mark the pain goes away but it's pretty excruciating until then! The extra day of rest seemed to help but it was still acting up on my run Thursday. From here on out my mental motto is: just let me get to the starting line! I took a walk on one of my rest days and forgot how much I enjoyed them. You just see the coolest stuff when your more focused on enjoying the moment then completing your miles.
I also came across a group of geese that I talked shit to. They were being all loud so I bossed up and told them I was going to rip their throats out. They literally turned and started running toward me and I ran away like a wimp. Next time geese, next time.
Thursday was my big 3-0. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it. You know what it felt like? Thursday. Totally normal, average day. I'm okay with that if the alternative is having a mini-meltdown like some people seem to have. I ran, worked, and went out to eat with my parents. I got to pick the place and I couldn't resist going to one of my favorite Pensacola spots: Mellow Mushroom!
After dinner we swung by Running Wild so I could pick up my present from my parents. A shiny new pair of Mizuno's. Surreal to know/hopeI'll be crossing the finish line of my first marathon wearing these. Unfortunately they were out of my size but next week I'll be breaking them in!
Earlier in the week I received the cutest package from one of my readers/friends Jenny (who blogs over at The Wellness Journey!) Salem flipped over these little crinkle fish!
Speaking of Salem - I got the cutest picture of him as he was laying on my chest one night this week. This is how he sleeps with me every night.
Banana pudding got me at work again. I can't lie - I went back for seconds. I swear marathon training has turned me into an eating machine. It's not even fun anymore! I used to think of fun treats to have on my long run days and now I'm just so tired the thought of a jar full of White Chocolate Peanut Butter doesn't appeal to me as much. What a sad day indeed.
Finally, I received October's Bestowed box. Seriously - the best box ever. All the products are non-GMO certified and really, really delicious. That nature's path granola was gone in 2 days (I had it for dinner on Wednesday.) The unreal pb cups were melted when they arrived but 5 minutes in the fridge brought them back to life and a minute later they were in my belly. It's so rare for me to find a subscription service like this that doesn't disappoint. Every single item in this box is something I will buy again and only 1 had I tried before (the seed and fruit packs from Enjoy Life are incredible add-inn's for salads and oatmeal!) If you want to try Bestowed you can get your first box half off using code: HELLOTEN094
So, I had a pretty amazing week. I know I'm only 1 day into it but 30 feels spectacular. The only way to go from here is up.