Hi everyone! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving! Did anyone race?
This week was intended to be my week “back at it”, but I ended up taking it easy most of the week instead. I had a short 3 mile run on Monday, and then 5 miles on Saturday, for a total of 8 miles. My 3 miler was good, but I could tell my body was still recovering from both the marathon and the cold I had.
My 5 miler was amazing and I almost kept going! It got me excited to get back to running. I really think I needed the break from running, both physically and mentally, after so many months of regimented training combined with a crazy work schedule towards the end.
Tuesday night Brian and I drove up to Richmond for the holiday (he has family there). It’s about an 8.5 hour drive from Atlanta, and we prefer to make it overnight to avoid traffic. However, that makes for a sleepy next day, and I had to work (I logged in remotely). Thursday we helped his dad prepare for hosting Thanksgiving, which kept us busy. Since we drove, Skipper came with us, and he got a TON of attention at Thanksgiving dinner. He sat patiently in the middle of the room and practiced his cute and cuddly face.
It was strange to not be a part of the Atlanta Half Marathon this year, which is on Thanksgiving every year. In 2013, it was my first half marathon, and I ran it again in 2014. Last year, I volunteered at the finish line. It’s become a fun tradition, and I can’t believe that it’s been three years since my first half marathon! I’ve come so far in my running since then!
On Friday, we met up with our friends Jess and John for Black Friday shopping! Jess originally introduced me to Black Friday when we were in college at VCU, but we haven’t done it together in 7 or 8 years. It was fun to be together. This year, most of my purchases were house related. We took advantage of the 20% off sale at Bed Bath and Beyond to order the dishes we have been eyeing, and I just can’t wait for them to arrive! We also got all our yard decorations for Christmas (photos next week after we get them up!). I managed to restrain myself from buying any running gear and I’m really proud of that!
We drove back to Atlanta last night, so today has been very lazy with laundry, food prep, and football. This week, I’m hoping to get around 16 miles of running in, plus some cross and strength training. I officially start training for my spring half on December 19th, so it’s all about getting back into a good nutrition and running routine before I get really structured again.
How was your week and Thanksgiving?? What races are you eyeing in the Spring? Don’t forget to link up below!!