And let me just say…what a FABULOUS weekend it was! It flew by, of course, but, hey, what else is new? It didn’t start off all that awesome since I had to work Saturday morning, but FOR ONCE the weather cooperated. It was cloudy and misty and just generally shitty out until right at closing time at 11:00 (we’re only open half-days on Saturdays). With the click of the lock, the skies cleared and the sun came out in all its glory, and this ol’ girl couldn’t get home and get outside fast enough. I had an itch that only an outdoors run was going to scratch. It’s been miserably hot this week–like oppressively, unbearably hot–so I had been avoiding the outdoors every chance I got. But when the sun came out Saturday, it was a cool 80 degrees with humidity only in the 60% range–a regular old cold front. I usually prefer it to be cloudy and much, much cooler for a run, but my mood had been in the shitter this week, and the sunshine was just what my soul needed.
After I finished, I went back in, leashed up the pups and headed back out for a walk with them. They were hankering for a nice long walk, too. They don’t like being outside any more than I do when the heat index is 105+, so they were suffering from a pretty severe case of cabin fever. Judging from Bella’s expression, I’d say they rather enjoyed themselves.
D and I had ourselves a little date night Saturday night. Some people tell me when you don’t have kids EVERY night is date night, but whatever. Maybe. Maybe I should be more specific and say we took showers and put on non-flannel, non-tech gear, non-pajama clothes and left the house. For months, I’ve been counting down the days for Ted 2 to open, so we went to see that. The show didn’t start till 9:50(!!! What are we, 18?!), so we went to Jasmine, my favorite (read: the only) local Thai joint to eat and hang out a while. I was in hog heaven with my vegetarian sushi roll and the Cards/Cubs game on in the bar. I briefly considered having a drink or five while killing time but then I thought better of it because HELLO! 9:50!!! I’m usually holding down my side of the bed (read: the middle) by 9:50. So I stuck to water and somehow managed to stay awake through the entire thing. It was really funny. Not as funny as the first one, but still pretty damn funny. And then I fell asleep on the 30-minute drive home. I party so hard.
Sunday morning I was awakened by snoring, and just before I kicked D I realized it was coming from the foot of the bed.
I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and started the coffee and just enjoyed the quiet morning. I read, I caught up on some blogs, partook in a little online retail therapy… all while intentionally staying far, far away from the land of Facebook. Social media largely contributed to my rotten mood the last few days.
Part of that little online shopping trip included planning a weekend getaway for me and D! One of our favorite comedians, Jim Jefferies, will be in Atlanta in September, soooo….
Once those tickets were procured, I thought to myself, “Hmmmmm……..I wonder if there would happen to be any races nearby that weekend.” A quick little click to halfmarathons.net told me that INDEED THERE IS! The Tortoise and the Hare Half Marathon is in Canton, just outside of Atlanta, that same morning!
I love the description of the race. It sounds so fun! And the scenery! It’ll be my first trail half, my first race back after my hip/leg injury, and state #9! I’m just downright giddy over the whole trip. D was skeptical when I told him I’d found a half just a little over two months away, but like I told him, I’m not out to prove anything. I will wear my Tortoise title proudly that day. I’m no stranger to running half-marathons half-assed trained. What’s once more?!
With the excitement of planning that trip fresh on my brain (and the caffeine from my homemade iced coffees fresh in my veins), I threw on some clothes and headed out the front door for a run equally as glorious as yesterday’s. After finishing that I did a little yard and house cleaning, laid out for a while, then dragged out the dogs’ pool. Seriously, nothing makes me happier than seeing my furry kids happy.
I wrapped up my day with an awesome shopping trip to Kroger ($0.99 organic kale and $0.50 organic red grapefruit–score!) and a terrible movie. The Boy Next Door–UGH. I had a feeling it would be horrible, and it exceeded my expectations. I only got it because everything I wanted to see was gone from the Redbox at Kroger and I had a code for a free rental, so I took a chance on it.
Now just a little bit of an injury update…When I last posted I was miserable with some sort of issue with my abs a week after a killer core workout during CrossFit. Now, three days later, things have gotten SO much better! But not before they got worse. The swelling peaked the next day but then has gradually been going down. I’m almost back to normal now as far as the swelling goes. They’re still awfully weak though. I went from being able to hold almost a 3-minute plank a couple of weeks ago to not even being able to support myself to do a single pushup when I tried today. I jacked something up real good, but whatever it was seems to be on the mend, so I’m holding off on calling in any professionals. And as for the more chronic issue, I think it’s finally safe to say that the iliopsoas injury is behind me. HALLELUJAH!!! I’m continuing to do the things my physical therapist taught me, and I’ll go back to see her at the first twinge or hint of recurrence to stay on top of things, but for now, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO, BITCHES!!!!
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