This weekend was one of workout buddies. First, my gym buddy and I finally connected for a Saturday morning workout. It’s been way too long.
We hit the gym at 7:30AM and it was great how time flew by. I even did a good job of getting in some leg weight exercises. My hamstrings especially got a good workout.
Then, yesterday I actually had a running buddy! YAY! My friend has run a few 5K’s but never really trained for anything. She and I have been talking a lot about longer races. She’s decided she wants to do a half marathon and so we picked the Huntington Beach Half Marathon on Super Bowl Sunday! I’m really excited to have a friend to run with.
She’s still at the beginning distances of her training. So, we figured out that her house is exactly 1 mile from mine, so I can run to her, do a few miles together and then continue on to whatever distance I want to do.
So, we did 2 miles together yesterday. We’re doing the Gallaway run/walk. She’s got the best neighborhood perfect 1 mile loop. Her 8th grader actually came with us for the first loop and then ditched us, so we finished without her.
After we finished, I did a looping two miles home to finish with 5 miles. I tried to push a little on my run segments in order to balance out the walk segments to my usual average pace. Not sure if that worked, because I kept all 5 miles on one workout and my run pace with my friend was slower than when I was alone. Whatever.
Our goal for the Huntington Beach race is to run together and have fun. I’m going to work on a time goal (and to beat my brother) for the Vegas race and then the next one will just be for fun and to have a friend.
The rest of the weekend included massive amounts of laundry, going to the USC game and a bunch of other kid stuff. By the way, when did Syracuse lost the “men” and become the Orange? We took Dude and our friends brought their two boys, so they all had a great time.
Did you know that 8 year old boys
never stop talking?
The final event of the weekend was that the kids cooked dinner last night. Dude was given as homework for the weekend to set the table for dinner. Since we are bad parents, we got to Sunday night without having had dinner together. On top of that, Dancing Girl has been asking to make dinner for a while. So, I gave them control of the kitchen and just said make something simple and that includes all the food groups.
They made pasta and cooked up veggies and made banana muffins. All pretty much alone (I drained the pasta). Something went wrong with the muffins and they were like mush, but the veggies were really yummy. They made the kitchen into a restaurant and took our orders and everything. I did ask for a glass of wine and they told me that they couldn’t serve me because they were underage. I guess the meal was lacking in a bit of protein, but they had a good time and even did most of the dishes.
The best part was that I got to get some school work done while dinner was made. Score!!! And they only fought 2 or 3 times. Not too bad.
Official Vegas Rock N Roll Half-Marathon plan starts today. 11 weeks! Today is 3 miles… I think I’m going to try to run after class. Should I brave the track?
How was your weekend? Any other college football fans?
Since I forgot to share these pictures last week – we went to the USC game on 9/11 and there was a flyover of F16′s at the conclusion of the National Anthem. I love fly overs!!