Fitness Friday: Valentines Edition

February 14th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health | Life

Workout Wrap UpFeb 14

Well, I think I’m marathon training. I hit almost 40 miles this week and I’ve got my eyes set on the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN in April. Ironic, since I dislike country music. It just times out well since it gives me 2 months to train and it happens during my break between the Spring and Summer terms. I’m not 100% committed to it yet mostly because I’m not sure of the financial side of it, and not knowing who I’d go with (I can’t imagine driving home 6.5 hours 1-2 days after a marathon.)  I figured it would be fun to start doing long runs on the weekend again anyways so it’s a win-win no matter what happens!

Thursday I tried my best to do some speed work. I really, really dislike that stuff. I’m so much more comfortable at running slow and easy. I really feel like I could run 11 minute miles forever (and may test that theory with a 50k next year!)2014-02-13 11.55.24Tuesday I decided I needed a change of scenery and did 8 miles along the beach. It was gorgeous!

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Another great view on one of my runs this week. I’m so spoiled here. I despise the heat and humidity in the summer, but it’s a pretty sweet spot to live at for runners October-April.

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Monday I received this amazing medal from Pace Per Mile! I did an interview with them last month and they gave me their ‘people inspiring people’ award. I’m so honored!

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Yesterday I drove over to my parents house to do laundry and eat all their foods. While I was there I rummaged through Mom’s books to grab a few to take home with me and came across this typed biography from one of our ancestors. Mom is uber into genealogy and is slowly turning our house into a museum of our family history. I’m so glad she’s doing it as we’ve learned some incredible stories about our families! Dad’s side had a few beheaded in England back in the day. Mom’s side had some dude who was pivotal in winning the American Revolution, and some people who were captured by Indians and held hostage for months.

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I took this awesome photo with Salem before one of my runs. I wish it hadn’t turned out so blurry, but y’all get the idea. He’s a psycho, and I sleep with one eye open at night.

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I much prefer him when he’s like this. Remember when I asked readers to be my Valentine last year? I ended up sending out over 40 handmade cards/gifts to strangers. I wish I would have had time to do it again this year!

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As for my Valentines plans. I have a date. A first date. With a friend who I’ve played a flirtatious tug-of-war with for 5 years now. Imagine a romantic comedy featuring a run-hungry, kinda smart but really weird white girl being matched up with a hilarious, smooth talking Mexican. That’s my life right now.


What are your Valentines Day plans?

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12 Responses

  • That picture of Salem is hilarious. I hope your date does well! What are you guys planning in doing? The husband and I don’t have set plans for today. His army unit has a 4 day weekend, and we’re going horseback riding on Sunday with friends (I’ve never been!), but we’ll probably just go to a movie and dinner. Nothing exciting!

    • Erica House says:

      We are going out to eat and probably hanging out downtown after. We are trying out a new restaurant that just opened so I’m excited for that, and to have a good time with him! Horseback riding is SO much fun. I’m always sore the next day but it’s always a great time. I hope you two have fun!

  • Caroline says:

    I still have the card you sent out last year! Happy Valentine’s day to you :) The picture of Salem is pretty funny. Cats are so weird… and great.

  • Carla says:

    man I LOVED the readers valentine thang you did, too.
    I vote we (ok you. or we? :-)) do it in August! a random summer be my ‘tine!

  • Great week of training, nice work throwing in speed work. It’s so good for you! Very jealous seeing warm beachy runs.. just saying!

    Tonight the man and I are just relaxing. I’m going to make some dinner then just enjoy spending time together!

  • Ahh I am so jealous of these gorgeous views. So beautiful. Meanwhile in chicago… Freezing. Meh.

    Also the pics of Salem totally crack me up haha that cat is hilarious.

    • Erica House says:

      Trust me – come summer I’ll be dying to get back to Chicago and out of the crazy weather down here!

      Salem is a total freak of nature.

  • Olya says:

    You inspire me so much. I often think of you on my long runs, how persistent you are with your exercises despite being busy, and think that I have absolutely no excuse not to push myself. So, thank you! I hope your date goes well! It reminds me of a couple I know. They were friends for a long time, dated other people, and then one day decided to date. Next year he proposed her in such an amazing way ( And they just recently had a baby.

    • Erica House says:

      Awww – I love hearing that, thank you!
      The date went very well :)
      I loved your friends proposal! No one goes above and beyond like that anymore. So romantic!