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Spring Has Sprung!

This weekend was absolutely beautiful! It was a little warm (got up in the high 80’s) but the skies were clear blue and the sun was full in all its glory.

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

I started the weekend off with a run on Saturday morning. I love running the trails in The Woodlands. The scenery is always beautiful and well maintained. I ran in to my old Running Coach, Liz, before hand. It was great to see her again!

This was the first time I ran the whole thing. That was 3.3 miles non-stop! Previously, the furthest I ran was 2 miles. Of course, I did stop and walk when going over the crosswalks (2 of them) but it wasn’t very long. That put a positive start to the whole weekend. My race is coming up soon where my goal is run the whole thing. I was starting to doubt that I’d make it, but I think I may be in pretty good shape now!

I went to the Town Market area and walked around for a bit more. The weather was too beautiful to go home and sit around. I visited Tiffany’s to dream!

It’s all so sparkly! Well, until you get it out of the store! Gotta love the lighting. Since I was feeling pretty good about having reached my 30 days sugar free and doing well on my gluten free diet, I bought myself a new watch as a reward.

Now, there is also an ulterior motive in that my CrossFit Coach is leaving me (moving to Austin) and I’ve decided to try and do my workouts on my own. Since it’s too much of a hassle to mess with my phone (except for tabata timers), I thought a big screen watch with a timer would work well. We’ll give it a shot anyway!

Later on, my hubster and I met at Buca di Bepo for dinner where I had their chopped salad. I gotta say…this is probably one of my favorite salads ever….ever.

mmm…doesn’t that make you drool?! I also had an Italian sausage to go with it. After the day was over I could tell I had way too much salt though. Hello puffy hands! Saturday was almost a perfect day!

Sunday consisted of going to Church, lunch, driving around looking at skid steers, and reading. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

Merry Christmas!

Christmas snuck up on me quicker this year than it ever has in the past. In fact, on Thursday I was talking with a friend about how it did NOT feel like Christmas was that Sunday. It wasn’t all that cold outside and I didn’t have to go through the hassle of shopping at crowded malls for gifts since I bought most of them online. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my time off!

 

On Friday, Mike and I took the Girls out running at Tamarac Park. This was the first time Ellie has been running with a harness but she did pretty good. She kept getting in front of me and stopping, or running in to my legs any time someone went by. So, we didn’t get too much running in, but that’s ok.

 

 

Mike was running with Ruby, since she does much better at running next to you. He met up with Ellie and I about a mile from the park and we swapped dogs. So, I went from a dog that didn’t run well to one who didn’t want to run any more! She was tuckered out!

 

 

I wanted to go 5 miles but Ruby barely made it back to the park so we stopped at 3.5 miles and let the dogs cool down at the dog park.

 

 

On Saturday, Christmas Eve, we did some cooking. The girls were willing to take on kitchen duty and clean up any morsels I may have dropped. Unfortunately for them, I didn’t drop any!

 

 

We had our first Christmas party at my cousin’s house. I love visiting with my family during the holidays…especially when it’s accompanied with desserts!

 

 

 

Christmas morning was a bit lazy for all of us. The skies were dark gray and threatening to rain, even though it didn’t do much of anything but drizzle all day.

 

 

We had two parties this day. The first was with my Dad’s side of the family. Plenty of food and yummy iced tea, but we didn’t get a chance to eat much since we had to get home to pick up the food for Mike’s family party.

 

 

We cooked up some spiral ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. All of the food was eaten up, except for the ham. I think we left enough ham at the in-laws to last until next Christmas! Mike got a book clock from his parents, which I found ironic since he’s not a reader! Alas, we added it to my library anyway!

 

 

I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas as well! New Year’s Day I’ll be running my second 1/2 marathon. I’m looking forward to it! What are you doing for the new year?

Another Distance PR!

Since starting my marathon training, I’ve put in more miles than ever. Right now, I’m to the part of my training where my long runs are over 12 miles. Since I’ve only ever gone 13.1, today’s 14 miler was a little intimidating. However, I forced myself to get out of bed by 6:30 this morning to get my run in.

 

 

 

 

It was pretty, but I got it done. When I started I decided I was just going to walk the whole thing. Then I decided that I didn’t want to go 14 miles, so I’d only go 6 and call it good. Finally, I compromised with myself and did the entire 14 miles but switched my intervals so I was walking 3 minutes and running 2. I’m glad I did too. The very last mile was a tough one to push through. But, I did it….I made it 14 miles! Only 1 problem…I was still about 2.5 miles away from where I parked my car when I hit my 14 miles…yep…way to plan Tammy!

 

 

Since my feet were hurting and my knee was acting up, I decided to walk a slow/casual pace. Yep…it was slow alright! I finally got back to my car and laid in the backseat so I could prop my feet up for a bit to get the swelling to go down. That felt great! I ended up getting blisters between my big toe and the next one over. I don’t know….I don’t know how I got it either! I stopped by HEB for my chocolate milk (my Saturday treat) and picked up some double stuff Oreos. Just a word of advice, don’t do 16.75 miles on an empty stomach. I’m sure I don’t need to tell y’all that…but thought I’d pass it on anyway. Thankfully, I was able to eat only a few and close the bag back up. I could have easily scarfed down the entire package!

 

Once I got home, I took my ice bath, doctored my blisters, and put  my feet up on the coach. It feels good to be back home.

Almost a Half

This weekend was my long run, 12 miles. I have to admit I was a little scared about this one. However, I put my big girl panties on and went for it.

 

 

Now, I hadn’t planned out this route. I figured I’d just keep walking/running until I hit 12 miles. Thankfully, the entire loop ended up putting me back in the parking lot right at the 12 mile mark. Had I been wrong and needed to walk another mile or two to get back to the car, I think I would have cried. Ok, not literally but those last two miles were tough enough as it was.

 

I was afraid I was lost when Branch Crossing just kept on going and Research Forest was no where in site. At that point, I figured I’d keep trekking and break out the map as I got closer. About mile 8 I ran into two youngery guys. The one boy (they had to be 16-17) was doing something with his backpack while his friend was waiting. His friend says “Hey Mama…out here workin’ huh? Keep going…don’t stop!” and gave me a high five. I smiled and told him I still had 4 miles to go to which he responded “That’s what I’m talking about. Waddle on!” Now, he either said “Water on” or “Waddle on”. It’s possible I’ve been reading too much John Bingham, but I’m pretty sure he said waddle! I laughed a bit to myself and kept on going.

 

I breathed a sigh of relief as Branch Crossing turned into Research Forest. I was no longer lost! Once I hit my parking lot, I went into CVS and got me a new bottle of water (drank all mine by mile 10) and a Gatorade. Too bad they don’t have hydration stations for training runs! With my electrolytes replenished, I headed home to sit in an ice bath. While I hate taking them, I do think they help a great deal…the next day. I don’t see much of a difference right after my ice bath, but I’m pretty sure I would be more sore the next day if I didn’t take them. So, I’ll freeze my tush off for 10 minutes to be able to walk like a normal person!

 

The weather was beautiful. It was about 88 when I got back to my car. Of course, I was still sweating but not nearly as bad as when it was in the mid to high 90’s. It appears I had a lot of salt to sweat out too!

 

 

So…how about the cadence? Well, it wasn’t so good. I skipped 2 of my intervals, but in the grand scheme of things I don’t think that matters too much.

 

 

My fastest cadence was 88, which was pretty good, but as you can tell it wasn’t long lasting! Saturday evening I went to a Stock the Bar party for my CrossFit trainer. I was talking to Robin, one of the girls I see coming and going but haven’t been able to workout with, about my training. She runs 1/2’s twice a year and said she had trained for a full marathon but once she hit the 14 mile run she decided she was a 1/2 girl and dropped out of the full. I told her I was tempted to drop down to the 1/2 because I know I can do that, but this weekend coming up is my 14 miler so we’ll see how it goes at that point!

Another Great Run/Walk!

This was a good Saturday. Kelly, Mark (Kelly’s Husband), Clara and Katy (Clara’s Mom) all met up at the Town Market Square for an 8.5 mile run/walk. Since my training schedule said I should have been doing 3/2 intervals instead of the 1/1 or 2/1’s I was doing, I decided to following the training guide! I was last, which I wasn’t very happy with. When I started, my shins (right where the ankle meets up with the top of your foot) started hurting. It hurt all the way until mile 4. After that, it felt ok. Don’t know if it took that long for it to warm up or if my endorphins were finally kicking in. I wasn’t going to argue! My last couple of miles were better than my first few for that reason. I was thrilled with the fact that I was able to keep up with the 3/2 intervals for the entire workout. I only skipped 1 run interval to try to let my shins recover a bit. On the way back, I saw a dragon boat race going on. Too bad I wasn’t able to see the outcome!

Next week is the running clinic at CrossFit Point Break. Clara and I are partnering up, so I’m looking forward to being a better runner. Maybe I can finally increase my speed!

I spent the rest of today working on my quilt blocks with my Aunt Linda. What a great day!