I'm sure you can tell by my mileage that I'm really not running all that much. Everyday is a challenge just to, well, function. But I'm working hard on trying to regain some of my routine. Er, well, make a new routine. Something like that.
Y'all know I have Fridays off pretty frequently. It's one of the many perks of my flexible work schedule. That added time off has been both a blessing and a curse. This week I made some plans for my Friday off so that I had a reason to get out of the house and out in public among real people. Keeping busy. It might not be pretty, but it was going to happen. After all, I could always just go home if I started to fall apart.
First, I got my oil changed. This might not sound like a Big Deal, but I haven't had to do that type of thing myself for many years. And since our mechanic is a friend...well, I wasn't sure how that would go. Painless. He was done in less than 15 minutes and hugged me tight as I left. Done.
The Shabby Princess and I met up for lunch. We talked about running, races, runners, being short and decorating. It's so funny this little bloggy world we live in. In our stories, everyone has a title, like we are royalty or something. "Well, I was in Boston and met up with Morgan, of Redhead Running..." or "Yeah, I was talking to Lauren, of Team Giles, the other day..." and "Hey, did you see that Danica, of Chic Runner, met Meb?" Hilarious. Thanks for a fun lunch lady, it is always so good to see you!
Feeling strong, I headed to Academy to poke around for a new marathon outfit. Just looking of course. We all know that I have a Nike Tempo addiction. I usually like to treat myself to a new shirt or pair of shorts before a really big race. I consider a marathon a really big race. But this one? You have no idea how big it is to me. I really like the Nike Cotton Dri-Fit and found this bubble gum pink top for under $20. Natch, it practically jumped onto my body. I'm not sure what fit these shorts are. Hard to tell but they are a dark gray. Perfect match to the top. Jenn tweeted me to ask if I actually fold my clothes up that neatly or if I did that for the photo. Sorry, y'all, OCD at it's finest. I really do always fold my clothes. Even when no one but me can see.
Also tried on this more traditional dry fit fabric Nike top. It has some gray accents to match the shorts. I left with the first top. I really liked the shorts, but they are much shorter than my beloved Tempos. And my skinny stick legs just felt very bare poking out of those hot pants. Plus, I have more shorts than any one Pink Girl needs.
Of course, about 2 hours and 15 miles away later I wished I had just gone ahead and picked up the shorts. Duh. So now, I'm not sure what to do. Eh, they are just shorts. But soooooo cute...
Went to HomeGoods to just wander around. That's always my "go to" browsing store. You just never know what you'll find. Most of it you don't need but it's fun to look at. Like these creepy Valentine mice.
Or this disturbing framed photo of a dog in a carseat. Wrapped up like a baby. And this wasn't small y'all, it was a pretty big picture. Who buys this stuff? I mean it's one thing to chuckle at it in the store, but to pay money for it, take it home and hang it up in your house? Wow. Guess maybe that's WHY it's at HomeGoods. Target is usually fun to browse too. Lookee here, they have panties with a "Wedgie Free" guarantee! I managed to get out with just my contacts, some Wasa and a shower caddy. Guess I better be careful not to fall prey to wedgies since I don't have the guarantee.
We all know that I have the sweetest friends to ever walk the planet. Fo reals. Boy Mom surprised me with a plate of brownies. Carb loading she says. Don't you just love her? I do!
Welp, I did it. I got out of the house and I survived. Now I'm installed on the sofa, a cat on either side of me getting' slizzard with, well, uh, just plain water. Hey, hydration is important!
Tomorrow is 10 miles. My last long run before the Houston Marathon. I'm supposed to keep a 10:18 pace. Remember how I was following the Run Less Run Faster plan for a 60 year old to qualify for Boston? Yeah, well, when your life basically falls apart, so does, apparently, your training plan. I've not been consistent. I'm really not sure what to expect next weekend. Tomorrow should be telling. If can keep my pace with ease, I'm not going to worry about the race. Heck, I'm not going to worry about the race no matter what. This has gone from my "PR goal" race to my, "I just hope I don't give up on the course" race.
Since USATF has changed their policy on headphones in races, I'm considering, for the first time in a long time, listening to my tunes while I run.
Any suggestions for some killa beats???