Monday, March 26, 2012
Super Saturday, Serene Sunday
Saturday was busy, busy, busy but I knew ahead of time it would be. In fact, I spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evening after work getting my normal chores of housekeeping and grocery shopping done because I knew by the time Saturday rolled around I wouldn't have time to do any of those things and I didn't want to feel frustrated.
First on the Saturday agenda was getting in a run prior to attending a morning baby shower. I had promised Shelley who was running 5 miles with a hill that I would join her and run at least 5 miles. Hills are no problem around here as pretty much anywhere I run I 'll find some sort of an incline. I headed out and ended up deciding to run a pretty challenging out and back in an area close by my home called Quaker Hill. It's a pretty run on a tree-lined road that has quite a bit of sidewalks but illustrate the reason why "hill" is in the name of this village. The first real hill comes at about a mile into the run and it lasts for about 3/4 of a mile. Not a monster but a steady incline that you get into and wonder why you chose this direction. Kills my pace every time!
It keeps going a little bit beyond the curve there. On the other side is level pavement followed by a beautiful full 1.25 mile downhill. Believe it or not that's also challenging because downhills can really tear up your quads. Plus with an out and back route, that means a full 1.25 mile UPhill on the way back.
Whew! When all was said and done, I had run 10K and considering that I'm still working on getting my speed back and this run was super hilly, I was really pleased with my pace. (Bonus - see the daffodil peeking through in the bottom right of photo?)
Once I got home and got cleaned up, I had to get ready to go. Other than about 1 hour in the afternoon, once I left the house, I knew I'd be out for the day and needed to dress for all of the day's events: the baby shower, my niece's 3rd birthday party, and dinner out with friends. While we had that gorgeous warm weather last week, it was beginning to cool down. I don't know about you but I find it really hard to dress this time of year. Often warmer clothing is too warm once I'm inside but it's not quite dress and sandal season yet. I ended up wearing an outfit I had bought at TJ Maxx with some of my birthday gift cards and it turned out to the be perfect outfit to wear all day; dressy enough but not overboard and very comfortable.
I realized once I saw this picture that the style of this shirt is really similar to the one Shelley showed us last week in her Fashion Friday - great minds think alike! (Do these capri's fit better?)
The baby shower was one of the most fun I've been too in recent memory but please don't think I'm a terrible person when I say it's because I got to catch up with some friends who I haven't seen in a very long time.
Home for about an hour then off to my niece's birthday party. Her theme was Minnie Mouse and her mom had her dressed for the occasion - cute, cute, cute!
After the party we went straight to dinner and enjoyed time catching up with friends. I have to admit I was feeling pretty tired by the time we got home and was glad that Sunday was a day to sleep in.
As busy as Saturday was, Sunday was restful. For the first time i n 3 weeks, I did no exercise at all - no walk, no yoga, no run, no lifiting, nothing. I didn't even get dressed or do my hair and makeup. I hung out at home all day, watched a movie, wrote some blog posts and did a bit of cooking, but nothing too intense. A rare day of doing a little bit of everything and a little bit of nothing. If the weekend had to end, this was a great way to end it. I should be raring to go for the week, but honestly, I think I've reached the age where if I never had to get up and go to work again, it would be just fine by me!