My house is almost back to normal after being out of town last weekend for the Nashville marathon and then the great Pensacola flood happening Tuesday/Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, between the emotional and physical stress of those events I woke up Friday with a sore throat. I skipped my workout and headed to the library to pick up some supplies to keep me occupied while I parked it on the couch all day. My immune system was weakened after running a marathon so I think the flood, bacteria that likely washed into my house (I’ve bleached all the floors since!) and zero sleep just pushed my body over the edge.
While browsing the library’s running books I came across this gem.
I picked up a few books I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and some DVD’s. I had never heard of Vamps but it just came out a few years ago and stars Alicia Silverstone and it’s by the same director as Clueless. Anyone seen it?
When I got out to my car I found this little guy on the door. He’s not the first snail I’ve seen in there post-flood. I still haven’t heard back from the insurance people, and my car is still wet. It also smells – terribly. Last week I gave myself a challenge for the month of may: Spend no more than $50 a week on all groceries/non-essentials. Well, I was doing pretty good until the flood and I ran to the store twice after that. I’m up to $70 and most of my overage definitely wasn’t essential (sushi, this bag of Late July chips, and a case of La Croix.) I was just tired, stressed, and used my hell week as an excuse. There were a few times I was really tempted to ‘stop in real quick’ but didn’t – so even though I went over I still consider the week a success. Saturday morning my friend Christina came over and we went out for a 7 mile run. She’s training unofficially for her first half marathon now and a full in January. This was her longest run yet! I paced her and we came in at exactly 12 min mile pace. The weather was gorgeous and I felt pretty good given it was my second run since the marathon.
Immediately after breakfast I ran over to fort walton for a bit to do laundry and hang out at my parents house. I also ate all of their food. Dad said it was cheating on my ‘$50 a week rule’ and told me I’d have to make sure you guys all knew about it. So, I had some chips, cereal, PB & chocolate chips, and ice cream. BAM. That’s the price you pay for bringing me into the world, Pops!
When I got back into town I headed over to Christina’s for some pool time. I professed my undying love to her dog, Toby, and we laid out for about an hour.
While we were there some guy was playing his guitar and singing ‘More Than Words’ by Extreme. I actually thought we were back in the 90’s for a second.Sunday morning I woke up with obscene energy. I did 30 minutes of strength before breakfast (Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30) and I realized how much strength I’ve lost over the last few weeks. I kept up with strength training much better with this marathon than my first, but I haven’t picked up the weights in almost two weeks. I was panting on Level 2! After breakfast I worked on blog/school stuff for a few hours, and decided to go for a run before lunch.
I’m dying to get to work on some speed training (gunning for a sub 25 minute 5k) but I’m also trying to wait to make sure my body is all healed up from the marathon. I went for the run around 10 a.m. and immediately realized it’s gotten to the point where it’s to hot to run past 7 a.m. here.
I have this week off before the semester starts and I’ve got a mile long ‘to do’ list of things I need to get done for the three classes I’m teaching, and some blog stuff I need to catch up on. My little blog baby is 2 years old this month! I think I will celebrate by doing a bit of redesigning.
If you blog, how often do you change your layout?
Does it feel like Summer yet where you are?