Hey girlies :). I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend with your families and friends and at your place of worship, if you’re into that.
I enjoyed my long weekend starting Thursday afternoon with a 3 mile run with my friend Colea. The weather was kind of “iffy”, and normally a big group of us run on Thursday afternoon, but the crowd was off due to the holidays and iffy weather.
I wanted to run 4-5 miles, but we got a 3-miler in before we stopped so Colea could drive home (she commutes about 35-45 minutes away for work) before it rained. 3 miles is better than no miles, and we had a pretty fast time, too! I walked the ACS Trail earlier that day, and Colea and I walked a cooldown lap, so at least my total mileage for the day met the 4-5 mile goal.
Colea also gave me this awesome Bondi Band she got at the Cooper River Bridge Run expo- pretty sweet, huh? I tried it out this weekend and can’t wait to wear it for a race.
Speaking of races, I signed up for the Run for Better Days 5K/10K on April 21. Putting up those race bibs in my new, warmer, cubicle gave me the “fever” to run another race since I didn’t do one in March. The proceeds go toward teens who suffer from depression and other psychological disorders too, so it’s a really great cause.
I went to the gym Friday to lift, did some things around the apartment, and worked on a restaurant review and blog post (I posted Part 3 of the Technical Writing Journey, if you missed it and want to read…). Clay worked at Rebel Pie, his very part-time weekend job where he helps the owner make pizzas when the owner’s other help can’t come in, and I went to my friend Tiffany’s 27th birthday dinner at Red Bowl Asian Bistro. In college, Tiffany and I were in Student Government and Honors College together, and we were roommates for two years and pretty much best friends.
It was my second time at Red Bowl, and the food was good, once they got our orders right (My rice and side were mixed up with another girl’s, but the waiter brought us the right items a few minutes later). Our waiter dropped and spilled a whole pitcher of water at our table, then he misunderstood about the checks for our big party and accidentally gave Nick the check for the entire table… let’s just say Nick’s face was priceless! We felt bad for him because he had a bad night and everything was out of control. Poor guy. We still all had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves- I enjoyed meeting a bunch of Tiffany’s lawyer friends, too.
I got up bright and early on Saturday and headed home to see my mom and attend my cousin’s wedding. My mom was actually in the wedding lighting a candle in honor of my aunt (the cousin’s mom) who passed away from brain cancer back when I was in high school. I’m proud of my mom for holding up well at the wedding, without crying or getting too emotional– she is recovering from having a malignant melanoma skin cancer removed herself, but the doctors got it all (thank goodness!) and she has a clean bill of health again.
The wedding was quite nice; it was outside, but the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed it. I got to spend time with family members who I hadn’t seen since Christmas, too- always love seeing the extended family. Especially my Uncle Larry- his plate at the reception was full of meat, while mine was all fruits and veggies, so we had to take a crazy pic of it.
Easter morning, Clay and I exchanged gifts. The Easter Bunny filled his basket with his favorite things- Peanut M&Ms, gum, Mio water mix, meat seasonings (hey, the bunny knows this man loves his meat!), and I got a mani/pedi gift card.
Once Clay went to sleep, I went on my long run- 6.42 miles in a little over an hour. My pace was pretty fast, but I had to stop and walk a few times since I waited until almost 11 to start running and it’s been unseasonably warm here lately. I was still super proud because this was my longest run in awhile- two months! I haven’t had any hip pain so far, and I think my weekly yoga sessions have done a great job of keeping it away. The run pretty much *made* my morning :).
And… that’s about it. I hope everyone else had a great long weekend! Back to the grind for me this week, with work, two track practices to coach, a computer programming honor society (Clay’s getting inducted), getting ready for my race in less than two weeks, and whatever other fun stuff comes up. Later peeps!
Q1.) What kinds of fun stuff did you do for Easter Sunday? Did the Easter Bunny bring you anything cool?
Q2.) Do you go to tanning beds or lay out to get a tan? I will admit, I do enjoy laying in the sun and reading by the pool. But definitely not that often or for long, and a big N-O to the tanning beds.
Q3.) Do you cancel outdoor plans if it might rain, or do you take a chance? We didn’t cancel our run Thursday, but we altered our course to run a circular path so that we were never more than .3 miles away from a car at any given point. However, if it looked like an impending downpour, we probably would’ve headed to treadmills.
Q4.) What’s your favorite Easter Candy? I really like the robin eggs and the peanut butter eggs. Not a fan of Cadbury Cream eggs though…