You guys, last weekend was seriously the Best Weekend Ever. The past few days, I’ve just kept laughing at random things that people said or did, and it really made me wish I had carried around a tape recorder to catch everything. Saturday morning was the Havelock Charity Run, so The Emily’s and Kim came to Lincoln on Friday night. Because, you know, we wanted to get a good night’s sleep before the run. Well… It should come as no surprise that we stayed up until about 4:00 am, talking about just completely random things. If we made a drinking game where you had to take a shot every time someone said “Remember that one time…” or just shouted out completely random names of our preschool-high school classmates and teachers followed by a completely random story, we would all probably be dead from alcohol poisoning. I was a little nervous about the run, so I seriously got maybe 30 minutes of sleep. I just had all of these horrible flashbacks of running the mile in P.E. class when I’d be, like, a whole lap behind everyone so when the class would finish they’d come and run along me and cheer me on and it was AWFUL. I just always wanted to be like, “Hey, how ’bout y’all go back inside and climb the effing rope, because we all know how good you are at that and let me finish this alone.” It should also come as no surprise that Elementary P.E. is where Emily P. and I perfected our swearing skills. Anyway, sorry about the rant. My cousin Sarah met us up at the race to be the 4th person in our team. Since we had a team of at least four people, Pinnacle Bank donated money to the charity of our choice. I chose Lighthouse, because I think it’s an incredibly awesome and needed place for the young folks of Lincoln. I didn’t realize just how many people would be running. I’m not sure the exact number, but there had to be at least a thousand. I also was not aware how many kids there would be. Like, LITTLE kids. When the race started, there was a little boy in front of Emily M. so she tapped him on the head and said, “Tag! You’re it!” He didn’t continue the game, but I think it would have eliminated any need for an iPod. I also understand why they suggest you don’t use an iPod during the race. They kept making announcements like, “There’s a car on the right side of the street. Watch out.” or “Don’t run into the giant flag pole.” I just thought, “Dude, I’m not going to run into a car.” (Those of you who really know anything about me, probably just thought to themselves, “Sally… if anyone’s going to run into a parked car, it’s going to be you.) And, I DID almost run into pretty much everything they said not to run into. However, I managed to make it through the race injury-free, which says a lot about someone who has actually managed to sprain her ankle in her sleep. We ended up placing 390-393 out of 548 with a time of 24:55 AND I didn’t walk. I didn’t warm up or stretch beforehand (I know, crazy), which I think was a big mistake. Normally when I go for a run, I run for a song, stretch, then do my actual run. If I don’t, after about 5 minutes into my run my body’s like, “SALLY! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?? WHY DO YOU HATE ME SO MUCH?!?!?!?” That’s kind of what happened on Saturday, but after we passed the mile mark, I was just like “Whatever, I’ve got this.” It helped that the little boy in front of us (not the boy Emily M. challenged to tag, a different one) and his mom was teaching him how to spell/read all the street signs and also to say “thank you” to the traffic cops. It didn’t help my confidence that this boy was probably, like, 6, and just running along when I’ve been training for 8 weeks to be able to run anything longer than a block. There were actually an embarrassingly large amount of kids with ages in the single digits who beat us. Oh well. I’ll get them next year! I can’t say enough how thankful I am for my running team. They probably could have all finished the race in about half the time, but they all stayed with me and that made it so much more fun and special.
After the race, the only thing we really wanted to do was drink a Bloody Mary. (Wouldn’t you?) By the time we were done talking to people and taking pictures (Thank you, Emily P., for being such a great photographer and cheerleader!), it was about 8:30 and we really didn’t know any place that would serve alcohol that early. HOWEVER, we decided to just start walking down Havelock and discovered that Arnold’s opened up early just for the occasion. So we sat around drinking Bloody Mary’s and, again, telling amusing stories. I suppose I should also disclose that my friends also got me a 2-week-early birthday shot of tequila as my punishment for making them run in celebration of my birthday. In case you’re wondering, there were not other customers doing shots of tequila before 10:00 am in Arnold’s. After that, we headed to The Isles since Emily M. and I had been CRAVING their cream cheese pepperoni pizza. Then we got pedicures done. The Emily’s had to go back to Aurora, but Kim and I took a three hour nap and got ready to go out and meet our friend, Savanna. I won’t bore you with the details of that, but I will just give you the advice that if you’re going out and decide it’s a good idea to “party like it’s 2007,” it’s not… Especially if the last time you partied like it was 2007 was in 2008.
I feel like it goes without saying, that my weigh-in this week was not great. Running less than two miles on Saturday does not cancel out pizza and drinking. I gained about a pound, but I’m confident I can take it back off soon. Since I started WW, I haven’t ever had the mentality of “ohhhh, since I worked out today, I can have pizza tonight.” Or really, ever rewarding myself with food. Most weeks I earn at least 100 activity points and very very rarely use them or the extra 39 “flex points” we’re given every week. So when my friends were in town to celebrate my birthday, I decided it was okay to indulge a little. Sure, it might lead to me needing to kick my butt in working out this week, but that’s okay. I worked really hard and actually finished my running plan (YAY! I think this means I’m actually a Runner), so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I just have to be careful not to have that mentality all the time. I also have to be careful not to sink back into old habits. So, this week I’m going to try super hard to track EVERYTHING. It’s really embarrassing, but last week I’m pretty sure I only tracked on Wednesday, and the rest of the days in my WW journal were empty. Maybe I’ll post my journal every day. That won’t be annoying at all…
Lessons learned this week, or things to keep in mind for the A’Ror’n Days 5K:
– I need new shoes. BAD. I got my shoes at least 5 years ago. Granted, I haven’t done a WHOLE lot of physical activity in those 5 years, but I have had to replace the insoles and the back is wearing down so that it rubs against my Achilles tendon. And, I may be developing a case of Runner’s Knee in my right knee (according to Google). It doesn’t hurt that bad, but I think I need to fix the situation soon.
– Warm up and stretch! I can’t be sure, because no one knows what happens behind her vanity/closet, but I bet even Barbara Gordon/Batgirl has to stretch before she runs off to save Gothem.
– Sleep well the night before a run! It was a special occasion since my friends were in town, but I will be getting a full 8 hours of sleep next Friday before my 5k.
– Dri-fit may be the best invention ever. Today I wore a regular cotton t-shirt on my run, and it was awful. I have no problem admitting that it’s probably the main reason I didn’t add an extra mile onto my run.
– I feel like I need to stop being afraid of picking up the speed. I was just worried I wouldn’t have enough endurance to make it without walking. However, I had plenty of energy left to “sprint” the last couple blocks, so I need to figure out a pace that pushes me a little more.
I can’t really think of anything else. I am a sleepy goose today, and I have to head into town to go to Jazzercise. But I’ll leave you with a few pictures from Saturday…
Also… I just realized it’s been an extremely large amount of time since I posted an actual recipe — and this is supposed to be a food blog! — but I promise I’ll post one soon. I may just have to pull one out of the archives.
UPDATE: I decided to post my daily tracking, if anyone is interested. I’m not going to be posting links on Facebook every day. Don’t worry!