Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Highlights & Week in Fitness

Hallo friendlies! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was especially great and relaxing. Ryan and I headed up to the lakehouse on Friday night and watched about 30 minutes of The Perks of Being a Wallflower before drifting off into dreamland. Well, I watched 30 minutes. He watched the entire movie and said that that while it was slow in the beginning it came together with a twist at the end.

Saturday I woke up by the light of the sun was woken up by Charlie licking my mouth, lounged around the house for a bit, and took was taken by Charlie on a run through the neighborhood. I will forgive her for wanting to run at such at an ungodly place since she kindly offered to carry my long-sleeved shirt for me when it started to warm up.

After I showered up, Ryan and I headed into Austin to pick up his half marathon race packet. I love going to race expos and left with some tasty running fuel – some free, some not – and a runner’s best frenemy, which has already gotten a good deal of use since Saturday. Afterwards, we had lunch at one of my favorite spots and hit up the Pottery Barn outlet in San Marcos on the way home. All I ended up getting was this little tray…

…but I definitely saw some other neat stuff. Just didn't have room or the need for it in my small apartment.

Although I did seriously consider buying this wooden wall hanging. It was massive (at least three feet square) and so cool in person. Especially for a mere 99 bucks!

After shopping we headed back to the house, made a delicious steak/fish/veggie dinner and played a hilarious game of popsicle stick charades.

Then it was off to bed for our 5:00 AM wakeup call. Ryan ran the Austin half marathon on Sunday (which is why we were up so early), and Charlie and I spectated/cheered from the sidelines.

Congratulations, Mr. Simms!
I don't think I've ever observed a race before (usually I'm the one running), and it was really fun. Inevitably I now want to run another half. Hopefully this one in 2014. It was really inspirational to watch the thousands of runners of all ages, shapes and sizes pounding the pavement, werkin on their fitness. I think I teared up approximately 1 million times. I also didn't mind hearing how cute Charlie was from lots of strangers :) Even if most of them thought she was a boy. Slightly less awesome/inspirational was watching Charlie eat multiple left over pizza crusts off the streets of downtown Austin. She was so sneaky about it, I could never stop her in time! Although I did prevent her from eating the full piece of pepperoni she spotted on our walk back to the car after the race. Pretty sure Austin is now her favorite city.

Speaking of runners of all ages, I saw these two little girls (10 and 12 years old) from a suburb of Houston running sprinting the half marathon. I can't decide if I think their love of distance running is cool or scary, but it was definitely crazy to see such wee ones running 13.1 miles. The older one came in as the first person in her age division and the 24th "woman" overall. INSANE.

The rest of Sunday was spent making our way back to Houston and watching Sunday TV shows (Shameless and Girls for my fellow fans). I also watched a little bit of the Beyonce documentary but couldn't stay awake for the whole thing. I fully intend to go back and watch the rest of it sometime this week.

Since this post is getting long, I'll come back tomorrow to revisit last week's goals. But before I go, here's a quick recap of last week in fitness.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - 30 minutes cycling
Wednesday - Define, 30 minute HIIT elliptical workout
Thursday - Ran 5.5 miles at a 9:11 pace
Friday - Define Body
Saturday - Ran 4 miles at an 8:30 pace
Sunday - Walked/jogged about 4.5 miles spectating the Austin marathon

What was the highlight of your weekend? Did anyone else run/watch the Austin marathon or the Beyonce documentary? Do you think 10 and 12 is too young to run half marathons?


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