Life and stress won this week. Running/training did not. Oh well — it happens, and this week I’ll try again.
Monday: Planned rest day
Tuesday: Run fail. 2 miles in 25 minutes.
What was supposed to be 12x400s turned into the longest two miles of my life. Ended up walking/running them because of the knee pain and shooting pain up my leg.
After my crappy run, J and I had committed to making an appearance at National Night Out. We’ve successfully avoided any NNO since we bought our house in 2009, since for introverts, like me, NNO can be pretty much the worst thing ever. However, we’ve decided to make a commitment to getting to know at least some of our neighbors better and one of the newest couples to the neighborhood spent a lot of time organizing the NNO festivities, so we wanted to show support and attend. It ended up being pretty painless and actually quite the adventure since a big storm rolled through and we all had to head inside of one of the houses. But there was good (not too terribly awkward) conversation and yummy food!
Wednesday: Quick 2 miles over my lunch hour. 8:41, 8:34
Knee pain was gone! Hooray. After work, I worked the second job and luckily we were B-U-S-Y. If we were slow, I probably would have fallen asleep standing up.
Thursday: Rest day
Didn’t get up early to work out since I was up pretty late after getting home from work the night before. I was planning a quick run after work and before my dinner plans, but I got stuck at work late and wasn’t able to squeeze anything in. A delusional part of me also thought maybe I could eat light at dinner and then go workout after dinner. HA! (um yeah, that didn’t happen)
Friday: 3 miles and one hour personal training session
Redemption! The alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. and I was up to eat a breakfast cookie and drink a cup of coffee before meeting the lovely Portia for a run. Portia and her family were passing through Minneapolis on their way to their new home in Seattle, from Boston. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning to take one of my new Oiselle teammates on a mini-tour of Minneapolis!
After our run I headed to Revolution Cycle and Fitness for my weekly personal training session. OH MAN did we work today. We only did light leg work on the Pilates Reformer since I was racing the next day and spent the rest of the hour on arms and abs. My arms were jelly by the end.
Saturday: Race #14 of the year and first race as part of the Oiselle Voleé team! Gopher to Badger 5K (race recap to follow). 24:37 (5 second PR!)
My parents were in town over the weekend so my mom went with me to the race and my dad stayed home with J to do some kitchen remodeling planning. After the race, my mom and I met my dad, J, my brother, my cousin, her husband, her three kids and my aunt and uncle (phew!) for lunch at Sandcastle! It was a gorgeous day for sitting outside and I finally tried the much raved about BLT. It tasted great with a cold beer and a few cheese curds.
After lunch, I started to feel sick. My stomach tends to be off after long runs and races, so I didn’t think much of it. I was also getting a headache, so I laid down for an hour or so before I had to start getting ready for dinner. We went to Burch, the restaurant that my brother cooks at to celebrate our birthdays (my brother’s birthday was yesterday and mine is on Friday!)
I can’t wait to go back when I’m feeling better! Everything was AMAZING, I just wasn’t feeling like my normal self. But I loved the atmosphere in there (the building used to be a drug store and they totally gutted the whole place, including the basement).
Also, I think they like my brother because the kitchen kept sending out dishes we didn’t order to try. Glad my brother told us to order light!
I started with a Cucumber Press to drink — cucumber water, vodka and lime. Super refreshing!
We ended up all sharing each others’ food. We tried the Lamb Tartare, Endive Salad, the Barramundi and Marlin Crudo, the prawns, bone marrow dumplings, rapini risotto, broccolini, and of course — the steak. My mom also got the salmon.
My favorite thing about the menu is that they have 25 cent “small treats” for dessert.
They’re the perfect little bit of sweet that I crave after meals. I had the chocolate dipped coconut macaroon and the chocolate chili truffle.
Sunday: I felt sick all day and opted to move my long run to Monday since I had to work the second job. Pretty much laid in bed all day after my parents left and until I had to leave for work. Bah.
This week = RAGNAR! I’m in Van 1 and we leave for Winona bright and early Friday morning!
Do you participate in National Night Out? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Both?