What’s up Wednesday?

March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Happy Birthday Chad! Now we’re in that sweet spot that occurs every year when he is older than me for two months. He’s an old man of 44 now and I’m the hot young trophy wife of 43. Sweet.

I mentioned in my post about our awesome busy weekend that I intended to run 10 miles Saturday morning but ended up being too hung over all day to get it done. Then on Sunday we had morning and afternoon events, so my weekend long run never happened. My “training” for the Sarasota Half Marathon on Sunday has been ludicrous to non-existent. I’ve done a couple double digit runs every other weekend recently.

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(10 miles in Folly Beach on February 16th)

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I’ve also done just a few shorter runs thrown in during the week in between.

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(5 miles over the Misener Bridge on February 20th with some IRunMommies friends)

But some weeks I didn’t do any shorter runs, and doing double digits every other week with nothing in between is not on any recommended half marathon training plan that I’ve ever seen. So I really wanted to get in one last long run before the half marathon next Sunday. Monday morning was gorgeous so after getting the boys off to school I took off intending to do those 10 miles.

One mile in at the St. Raphael’s bridge:

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I actually ran the whole way up to this point (about 1.3 miles actually), which is probably the furthest I’ve run with no walking while “training” for this half marathon. I know I should have done more runs, but I’ve also been worried about stressing out my hip and causing the inflammation to return that caused me so many problems over the past year. I haven’t been following the Whole30 way of eating AT ALL the past few weeks, so I don’t have that going for me either. But luckily with what little running I have been doing, even the weekend warrior double digit runs, my hip hasn’t been in any more pain than the rest of me.

At the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge, about 3 miles in.

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After the first few miles the rest of the run was totally run/walk. I really wanted to try to keep my overall average pace under 15 minutes/mile. The cut-off at Sarasota is four hours, which is an average 18 minute/mile pace.

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As I was running through Vinoy Park I passed the Baby Boot Camp: St. Petersburgers doing their Totally Awesome 80’s workout. Always fun to see friends on a run.

babybootcamp(photo stolen from the Baby Boot Camp: St. Petersburg Facebook page)

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After the loop around Vinoy Park I headed back towards home, stretching it out a bit along Brightwaters through Snell Isle.

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The last few miles were complete torture and my pace got slower and slower with every mile, but I still kept my average under 15 minutes, so I’m hopeful that I won’t get picked up by the SAG wagon in Sarasota.

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I was (lovingly) chastised on Twitter by a running coach friend for doing a double digit run so close to race date. I realize this is not ideal. But I’m not really “running” this half marathon. I just want to complete it as my LAST half mary hurrah. I needed to get this distance in one more time just to assuage my anxiety about being able to complete the half within the allowed time. Now I’m fairly confident that I’ll be fine.

Monday night I met up with a few of my Tampa Bay Lady Blogger friends for our quasi-monthly (sort of bi-monthly, or whenever we can get it arranged) book club meeting. This time we read the classic Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. We met up for a quick dinner at Chipotle beforehand and talked about the book a little, then went to the movies to see Oz, the Great and Powerful.

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Rachel of Runners Tales, and me)

I really enjoyed the book. It has many different characters and adventures than appear in the familiar Judy Garland Wizard of Oz movie. Just the novelty of the differences makes it an interesting read. It also has a very “period” feel to me which was cool. Apparently it contains tons of contemporaneous political allegory, but I haven’t done the research. It’s a quick read and Chad is reading it to the boys right now. It’s a free download on Kindle! I’d recommend it if you have never read it. I hadn’t until now.

Overall I thought the movie was pretty good. I can’t resist James Franco’s shit-eating grin. Visually the movie is stunning. It definitely dragged in a few spots and the storyline isn’t the most seamless or compelling ever, but I didn’t hate it. The 3D was awesome, in my opinion. The best part of the evening was hanging out with my friends, though. I never fail to have a good time when I’m with my blogger buddies.

So what else has gone on this week so far?

Here’s a breakfast photo for you…I think this was yesterday.

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I have been trying to limit grains, but I caved in and had whole wheat toast yesterday. Oh well.

Bodypump yesterday:

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Lunch at school with Mack yesterday:

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Actually it was with Mack and some meal worms.

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Yum!

I didn’t have to volunteer yesterday because Mack had a substitute teacher. But here’s my OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day) anyway:

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Zero effort. Gray jeans, black t-shirt, no make up, hair in pony tail. Mack didn’t care.

One of the reasons that I ended up eating toast for breakfast yesterday was because I didn’t have any carby root vegetables prepared. So I roasted some beets yesterday afternoon.

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I also made potato/leek soup in the crockpot yesterday using this recipe.

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It turned out pretty tasty and we have leftovers for this week plus some to freeze. The boys really liked it.

Last night I went to Restore the Core with Christie of Karna Fitness. This session is in a new location indoors downtown.

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Christie is amazing.

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We planked and bridged and squeezed those balls between all of our limbs for fifty minutes. It’s an amazing class.

Beets for breakfast this morning!

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I was going to go to a new-to-me yoga studio this morning for a 90-minute “yoga sculpt” class, but it was canceled.

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I bought a package of classes during a Cyber Monday deal there that I need to use!

Okay, caught up. Sort of.

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Cya.