Monday again, huh? Even with a 3 day weekend, the weekend wasn’t long enough. I’m counting down the days until vacation…
Friday was a holiday around here, so Beer Geek had the day off of work. We both got up early and got out workouts in and then Beer Geek suggested we head to a local beer bar mid-afternoon. Time to chat with my husband + good beer? Yes, please! (One of us doesn’t understand the concept of summer beers. Oh, yeah, that’s me.)
After a few beers and some amazing nacho fries (too bad I forgot a picture LOL), we headed home and fed the kids dinner and then all crashed early.
Saturday was another early morning – I had speed work on the calendar. It was warm and muggy and I felt super gross by the time I was done. But, I’m happy to say I got it done, despite having to do it in my hilly neighborhood instead of a track.
Then Jones and I headed out for our monthly gig of caring for the cats at a local Petsmart. We volunteer with a rescue group and we go in and clean the cages of the cats that are waiting for adoption. This week, there were a bunch of cute little kittens. Boy, were they high energy! It made me appreciate our mellow cat.
Next it was time to head out to spend the 4th of July with Beer Geek’s family. As usual, it was fun to hang out and I ate way too much. Also, Jones is as tall as me now (I was wearing heels…)
I made a super yummy (and easy) pasta salad that I’m sharing with you.
- 1 lb box of pasta (rotini, elbow or bowtie), cooked and drained
- ¾ C Basil Parmesan salad dressing (I used Target brand)
- 1 can sliced black olives
- 8 oz asiago cheese (I used Sartori's Basil Olive Oil Asiago), cut into tiny cubes
- 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
- 1 box cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ¼ C grated parmesan cheese
- fresh basil
- Cook, drain, and rinse pasta with cool water. Mix all ingredients except tomatoes with the salad dressing. Once ingredients are well mixed, gently mix in tomatoes.
- Chill for an hour to allow flavors to mix. If desired, add more salad dressing or parmesan right before serving.
Sunday was a mellow day. I slept in because I didn’t have to run and then spent the morning on some house chores and hit the grocery store. After lunch, it was time for a ride on my stationery bike. (You can all be shocked that I cross trained…) It sits in the playroom, which is not on our central AC, so I was a sweaty mess by the time I got done.
Soon I’ll be getting the playroom cleaned up and then I get to have a new treadmill. Because it was a porch in its past life, I need to figure out how to deal with the slight slope to the floor. Hopefully we can find a treadmill with a way to adjust the bottom.
Our final Sunday fun was to attend the Women’s World Cup soccer game at a local cinema and draft house. OMG! That game was absolutely amazing. So exciting and the kids were over the moon! (I couldn’t even get a non-blurry pic LOL)
We have a crazy week ahead of us with afternoon camps, cello lessons, soccer practices, social events, and oh, that small thing called a job, in addition to marathon training. Looks like I’ll be embracing my inner morning runner again.
Last week’s training was just about perfect:
Monday: 6 miles at 10:42.
Tuesday: 6 miles at 10:49.
Wednesday: 6 miles at 11:03. I was really tired on this run and I admit I questioned my choice of the Hanson’s training plan. My legs pretty much felt like lead, but I still managed to get through it.
Thursday: 8 miles at 10:58, which was only a few seconds faster than my goal pace. I was exhausted at the end and wondering if I could manage the last two runs of the week.
Friday: 6 miles at 10:58. I actually tried to run this a bit slower, but my legs had regained some of their normal bounce.
Saturday: 8 x 600 at a 9:00 pace. I rocked this! I was totally convinced I wasn’t capable of doing it, but I was actually a little faster than planned!
Sunday: I’ve never been so happy for a rest day in my life. Seriously.
This week includes increased mileage and my first 6 mile tempo run. It’s definitely going to be an interesting week.
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