Happy Saturday, friends!
This morning Dave & I headed downtown to complete 1 last long run before the Zooma half marathon next weekend. Dave & I run together on occasion, but we don’t typically complete longer runs together (anything over 5 miles). It is kind of a double edged sword when we run together. On one hand, we push each other to run faster (read: Dave makes me run faster). On the other hand, we push each other so hard, I think one of us may die (read: I plot ways to hurt Dave when he makes me run out of my comfort zone).
We started our run at 9am and temperatures were already higher than they’ve been the last 2 months. It was breezy, but still hot. Within the first 2 miles of our run, we tackled 2 bridges…and we did it at sub 8 minute miles.
I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep that pace for more than 5 miles, especially with the warmer temperatures. I was having a mental meltdown about being potentially overheated during the Zooma race and I started to get frustrated. Naturally, I took it out on Dave. I stopped shortly after 2 miles and told him we were going too fast and we needed to slow down (there may have been some other words thrown in there for a dramatic impact). Let’s just say words were exchanged over our 7:50 pace and leave it at that.
We were able to get water at 3.5 miles and by then I was into a running groove. I spent time thinking about Michelle, and how she is running Zooma…PREGNANT. Yes, she’s a badass with crazy running legs. I also thought about Katie making time to train during her sweet baby boy’s naps for a half marathon in the freezing cold. Then I thought about my coworker, Janny, and all the effort she’s put into training for Zooma – her very first race ever. I was inspired by their dedication and it fueled me to keep running.
We ran an out and back course, and on our way back I told Dave I was ready to make the last bridge of the day my bitch, which he found hilarious. We booked it over the bridge and back to our car and finished 10 miles in a time that I was pretty proud of.
We were able to get water at 3 points during our run, which was fabulous considering it was warmer than usual.
In addition to getting motivation from some awesome women, I also jammed out to some good music. My favorite songs of the day were…
- Wicked: Defying Gravity
- Rihanna: Disturbia
- Mariah Carey: Dreamlover (rockin’ it old school)
- Taio Cruz: Dynamite
- One Republic: Secrets
- Hunter Hayes: Somebody’s Heartbreak
- Jimmy Needham: Yours to Take
- Jimmy Needham: Forgiven and Loved
Even though we got off to a rough start, it ended up being a good run. I don’t think I will keep that pace next weekend because I was tired when we finished today, but it would be pretty sweet if I could pull out a time like that. We’ll see!
After our run, we watched my 8 year old nephew’s basketball game.
My nephew is the one shooting the ball in the above photo. He scored almost all the points during the game, which he was quick to point out to us when the game was over. Humility isn’t his thing. I don’t get to attend all his games, but when I do they are always one of the highlights of my day. He’s a cool kid, just like his aunt. Humility isn’t my thing either.
By the time his game was over, Dave & I both thought we were going to pass out from hunger. We drove straight to Taco Lu’s, a local baja mexican restaurant that is the jam. We started out with a round of his and her drinks.
A rosa margarita for me and a beer for the man.
Then we dug into some chips, salsa and queso dip…
And finally we ordered some tacos. I got my usual, which is 2 bangin’ shrimp tacos and OMGosh - they are out-of-this-world delicious!
We left slightly buzzed and totally full. It was by no means a healthy post run recovery meal, but it was amazing.
Once we got home, we played with Ob & Marley in the backyard for a while before leashing them up for a 2 mile walk.
Now, we are home and trying to decide dinner plans. We’re thinking about pizza and wine….and I’m thinking 10 miles wasn’t far enough considering the junk food we’re devouring today. Looks like tomorrow we will need to make veggies a priority!
Okay. Your turn. I want to hear about your Saturday! What did you do?
Do you enjoy working out with your significant other?
Are you in your pj’s and looking forward to reading a book at 7:30 on a Saturday night? No? Just me?