The weather here today was amazing! Nearly 70 degrees and sunny! In November!
Of course, I needed to take advantage of that. Beer Geek watched the boys while I headed out for a four mile run. Since he was with them, I felt comfortable leaving our neighborhood (when they are at school, I try to stay within a mile and a half of home in case the school calls). My legs felt a bit off, not really heavy, but more like things weren’t quite properly aligned. It was a strange feeling and certainly didn’t lend itself to speed, so I decided to do a little hill work. I headed over to one of the more challenging hills around (which is really saying something around here). The hard part is about a half mile in each direction – it starts with a slow decline, followed by a seriously steep incline for about .15 miles (mapmyrun says it’s a 9% grade going up!) Then I turn around and go back down and then up the less steep but twice as long hill (and then I have 1.5 miles to get back home). I felt pretty good going down, but that 9% grade just about killed me. If thighs could throw up, mine would have! Coming back up the lesser incline was hard and then I about died on the 1.5 miles home, as it was pretty hilly as well. I actually contemplated calling Beer Geek to pick me up LOL.
And what did I learn from this? That I need to run this hill more often. ;o)
Beer Geek and I had an awesome dinner out last night. We went out to the Liberty Tavern, where I got to gorge on Rock fish over lentils and mushrooms and he had a bratwurst, frankfurter, and spaetzle platter. We thought about wine, but couldn’t resist having Bell’s Stout and some Belgian Leffe. We even got to have a conversation where we could each complete our thoughts.
Today we took advantage of the lovely weather and went to some of the open houses in our neighborhood. We went in one that had more bathrooms than we have bathrooms and bedrooms combined! Then we went in one that would almost fit on one level of our house. The two houses were almost a million dollars apart in price! While these happened to be a few blocks apart, around here it would not be shocking for them to be right next to each other. What can I say, we live in an eclectic neighborhood!
Tomorrow I start my warm up week for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge! Go on over to Amanda’s blog and join in. You know you want to…