The last 2 days have been perfect- as far as my running goes.
Yesterday, like promised- I got up at 6:30 and ran my 4.5 miles. I spent the rest of the day doing errands to get ready for Easter, taking Austin to a doctor appointment and going to lunch with my mom. Productive? I think so :)
Today I had another 4.5 mile on schedule and I planned to do it this morning when I woke up. However, about 2:00 am, I woke up to a random beeping sound- it happened about once every 3 minutes. Just long enough for me to drift back to sleep and then....BEEEP. To say I was irritated would be an understatement. I knew it was probably a smoke detector battery dying but I guess I was just secretly hoping it would stop and/or I'd fall back asleep. It wasn't bothering the kids or the hubby but it was driving me insane. I don't know HOW they slept through it. After tossing and turning for over 2 hours, I finally got up and attempted to put a stop to the beeping. After searching and searching, I found an OLD smoke detector that was in a drawer, but still had a battery in it. I took it out and buried it back in the drawer and I seriously was going to cry if that thing beeped one more time. I was already up at this point (4:00 am) so I decided I might as well clean the kitchen and start tackling my to-do list for the day. Then I sat down and had a bowl of cereal and read a couple chapters of my book (Bloom by Kelle Hampton, Enjoying The Small Things). Reading always makes me tired so at about 5:30 I crawled back in bed and slept a glorious beep-free two hours until the boys came into our room. Time to start the day AGAIN!
After the rough start to the morning, I was too tired and out of it to run so I just started working around the house. I have a TON to get done (we have everyone over for Easter so theres lots of spring cleaning to do). I had to run to the store to pick up a few things around lunchtime so I picked up Subway for Wayman & I on the way home. After letting my lunch settle (or so I thought!) I set out for my run- 4.5 miles.
The weather was gorgeous- high 60's, sunny & breezy and it was just so peaceful outside. I had all the time in the world (kids were asleep, hubby doing yardwork, my to-do's were mostly done for the day) so I just set out hoping to clear my mind and get in "the zone". If you run- you know exactly how relaxing that "zone" can be. I literally crave it when I miss a run day. Anyway, I hit 4.5 miles and besides a few tummy issues (my lunch had NOT settled, shoulda waited longer) my run was awesome. It literally felt effortless, but yet I had worked up a sweat and my heart rate was elevated. It was perfect. When I got to 4.5 miles, I was still a ways from home and felt great so I ran the rest of the way home (another .80 mile, so 5.20 total).
A few random things:
-Do you use anything for chafing? I've heard of Body Glide and I'm thinking I need to try it. I am just getting to the point where I feel comfortable running in shorts (I'm a capris/pants girl...always been self conscious about my legs). When I'm running, my running shorts (Adidas or Nike, with the built in underwear) stay perfectly in place but the second I stop running and do my cool-down walk, my shorts crawl up and some major chafing happens. I don't get it! Irritating. I ran 5.2 miles and didn't have a single issue...why the change when I walk? GRRR. Anyway- suggestions?
My parents came over tonight- bearing dinner :) I love when that happens!
We had yummy grilled chicken salads with all the fixings- tomatoes, cucumbers, hardboiled eggs, mushrooms, green onions.....it was delish. After dinner we sat around and talked and played a board game with the kids. We also dyed our Easter eggs (always a fun event, right?).
After my parents left I got to work on prepping food for this weekend. We're doing Easter at Wayman's aunts house tomorrow and I'm supposed to bring an appetizer. I wanted to do something fun that the kids would like so I made fruit kebobs in the colors of the rainbow and then chocolate-chip filled raspberries. Healthy and fun :) I'm sure not all kids would appreciate this, but mine were thrilled. They stood at the counter while I chopped the fruit and I couldn't cut fast enough- they kept sneaking piece and after piece and said they couldn't wait til they could eat a "whole stick" tomorrow.
Tomorrow is technically a strength training (no run) day, but since I'm going to be eating more than normal, I'm going to throw in a few miles too. I'm just going to run according to how I feel and call it good. I'm also going to do my 15 minute strength routine. I've got a lot of work to do when we get home to finish getting ready for Sunday so depending on how tired I am, I'm hoping to squeeze in a half hour on the elliptical. I'm finally on a no-gain/plateau point and am consistently losing again (slowly, but its happening) so I want to make sure I'm extra cautious this weekend and don't blow it. NOTHING tastes as good as having a victory on the scale....I'll keep reminding myself of that when I'm surrounded by all the good food over the next 2 days!
Ok well the house is quiet now and I'm off to bed. I'm starting to get hungry and I find the best way to beat the nighttime munchies is to just go to sleep! Plus, the extra sleep can't hurt!