Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 1

After spending the summer deliberating on whether I wanted to run a fall marathon, and then deciding which race would be best for me given my timeline (injury recovery + training time + wedding), I finally decided on a race.

I'm planning to run the Rehoboth Beach Marathon on December 6th.

I'm not planning to register for it though until after my wedding, when my mileage has picked up a bit and I'm confident that my knee can handle a full marathon training cycle.

Last week, was Week 1 of my 16 week plan. I normally start my training plans with a solid base of 25 miles and five days a week of running. Since I wasn't quite there yet, I'm working on cutting one run a week short so I can get in the 5 runs per week and just keeping my weekly mileage at a place where I can comfortably build up.

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training: Week 1
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 2 miles easy
Sunday: 9 miles

Total Mileage Last Week: 21
Missed Workouts: 0
Trouble Spots: My knee wasn't hurting on Sunday, but it didn't feel great. 3 miles from home, I decided to turn around so that I would be closer to home if I needed to stop, but I was able to finish strong.
Cross Training Workouts: None
Strength Training Workouts: I'm doing a 30 Day Arm Challenge right now...but that isn't really doing anything for my running.
Planned Mileage this Week: 25 miles
Goals for this Week: Start cross training.
Current Annoyances: It bothered me that my knee didn't feel 100% on Sunday.
Things to Keep in Mind: You're doing it right, take it easy.

Week 1 done. 15 weeks to go.

Monday, August 25, 2014


I wish this was a post about baseball.

The last week has been one of those weeks that when it rains, it pours.

Life has thrown some curve balls my way and I'm still processing everything and trying to focus on what I need to be doing right now.

I'm not quite ready to share all of the details, but I can tell you that it isn't life threatening, no one is sick, and we are still getting married.

I've been trying really hard to stay focused on these simple facts and count my blessings, but man, it's hard.

I've been running a lot trying to clear my head. It's working.

Last week was my first full week of marathon training, which I'll recap this week. It went surprisingly well. 9 miles doesn't feel nearly as hard as it did a few months ago.

This week, I need to get back to yoga. I miss it, and right now, I really need it. So that's where I'll be tonight.

In the mean time, I'm going to try to keep my head out and figure all of this out.

I had a good weekend. I took Friday off. We picked up The Pilot's wedding band. Saturday, we went to a BBQ and Sunday, I ran, window shopped, deep cleaned my bathroom, and made a nice dinner. I baked this weekend. I didn't think about what's going on, and I just tried to enjoy myself.

I just need to take things one day at a time. I'll have some more definitive answers about things by the end of this week, and right now, there's no point worrying about anything until I do.

So, that's that.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Love

I took a mental health day on Friday. It was wonderful. Love.

I really needed to take a day for myself. While I had glorious plans of spending all day Friday by the pool, it ended up being more of a productive day than anything, which is always good.

I headed out for a nice, easy 6 miles on the Mount Vernon Trail. It was wonderful. There was no one on the trail and I really enjoyed just having it to myself. The bikers on the trail have been getting really nasty lately, so I really liked just being able to go and clear my head without any distractions. Love.

The Pilot and I spent the afternoon running a couple of wedding errands - picking up some reception decor, getting our marriage license - and grocery shopping.

That night, we went over to a friend's house for some patio grilling and a good dose of Cards Against Humanity before heading home.

Saturday, I took the morning off from running and just did a short at-home workout before doing some stuff around the house. I was working a wedding in Silver Spring later that day, so I just took the morning nice and easy before I would be on my feet all day.

The wedding was beautiful and I had a lot of fun. I had worked with this wedding planner once last year just as an extra set of hands and jumped at the chance to do so again as a way to prepare myself for my own big day!

Sunday, I woke up and headed out for 9 miles around my favorite DC Monuments. I didn't want to run 9 miles, but it ended up being one of the best runs I've had in awhile. Love.

Right before my run, I put some milk on the crock pot to make Greek yogurt for the week. It was nice to start that process earlier in the day, since last Sunday I was up until almost midnight waiting for the yogurt to come down in temperature.

I didn't really want to do much yesterday, so I spent the rest of the day crossing some things off of my To Do list and playing with my new ice cream maker! We ordered in Thai food for dinner, served it with some wine, and tested out my homemade ice cream...which was fantastic! I'll be experimenting with some more ice cream recipes before I do an Adventures in Homemade post, so stay tuned!

So, that was my {long} weekend. How was yours?
Have you ever made homemade ice cream? 
What's your favorite flavor to try?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wedding Things XI: One Month!

This Wednesday officially marked the one month count down to our wedding...and I still feel like it's forever far away. I don't feel like our wedding is any closer than I did in June. Isn't that crazy?

With one month to go, I have a few things left to do...all of which I'm hoping to tackle in the next few days:

  • Finish putting together our guest book.
    • I'm honestly just waiting to get paid on this. It will take a trip to the store and approximately 8 seconds.
  • Table number stands. 
    • We printed out our table numbers, which are awesome and ordered stands for them, but they're on back order until after our wedding. We ordered them from somewhere else but they are nowhere to be seen, and now I'm just kind of stuck.
This is what we're trying to order.
  • Bridal Party gifts.
    • I ordered almost everything for the girls. I just have one other thing to pick up and then we can order The Pilot's groomsmen gifts and we'll be all set.
  • Signage
    • Thanks to PicMonkey, I've almost designed all of the signage we need. I just have a few more to work on, including our Ring Bearer's sign.
  • Print programs
    • Thanks to Andrea, these are all set to go (except not because a few things changed this week). Once I send these minor changes off, I can bring them to FedEx for printing.
  • Cupcake stand
    • Get our Marriage License
    • Put together our welcome bags
    • Book the last of our honeymoon hotels
      • We're having a multi-destination honeymoon (which I still haven't told you guys about) and we have one more place to book. 
    So, there are a few things on this list, like I said, I'm hoping to get most of them done this week. Wish me luck! My mom called last weekend to say that my dress is 100% finished...so, I guess I can get married now!

    The good thing is that, with the exception of our Marriage License, everything on this list is stuff that we don't actually need to do to get married, so if it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done...but it all will ;)

    Thursday, August 14, 2014


    Feeling... perplexed. Life threw a curve ball at me this week and I'm doing my best to try and handle it.

    Reading... two books...which I never, ever do but my book club timeline got ahead of me, so I'm reading The Power of Habit and The Glass Castle.

    Drinking... water. I've been so insanely thirsty all week. I wonder if it's my new office?

    Listening to... the Goo Goo Dolls...my all time favorite band.

    Working on... the last of the wedding things that need to get done. My goal is to get them done this weekend. We'll see. 

    Anticipating... a day off. I requested a mental health day for tomorrow. I need it.

    Loving... my new commute. It's the bee's knees. A 15 minute commute is awesome. I wish I could say I'm using the extra time in the morning to be productive but yesterday and today, I snoozed for 2 hours (sorry fiance)...I guess I'm just a little off this week.

    That's what's going on in my world today! Yesterday, we hit the one month mark to our wedding day...and I still feel like it's just as far away as it was in May. Is that normal? 

    Happy Thursday!