Well, hello and good morning to you! Even though I’m off (literally) running around Bethlehem, PA for the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival, I couldn’t leave you hanging without some scenes from the week today. What would Friday be without it?! You wouldn’t survive. I know it. Humor me, okay? So, without further ado…
I have recently decided that the 20-30 minute drive is well worth doing my grocery shopping at Trader Joes. They have quality (and delicious!) stuff for even cheaper sometimes than my local store. Plus, it’s fun!
And they always have free samples.
Weekday lunch date with the family! Peter raved about this little sandwich shop close to his work and said I had to come try it out. It was pretty delicious! I really loved my spinach salad with goat cheese, strawberries, oranges, balsamic vinaigrette, and pecan crisps.
New boots!! I actually bought these when in Chicago in a couple weeks ago. I didn’t realize how cold it was going to be this weekend and decided my little flats weren’t going to cut it. I would say I made a wise decisions because I found these boots for $50 and have certainly gotten my wear’s worth since then. Boots are so comfortable! #waitedtoolong
Remember when I brought a dinner to a friend after she had a baby? Well, she returned my pans with this special little surprise tucked inside. She knows how to say a good “thank you”! Thank you again, Laura! The family and I certainly have enjoyed them!
Remember that time my Garmin strap snapped into two pieces? Replacement straps were $20…and I’m cheap. One dollar velcro strap, you give Garmin a run for their money. Whoever gave me the idea to use standard velcro…THANK YOU!!!
That strap held up beautifully for this 4 mile run…as did my legs. I have no clue where that came from but it was one of those “perfect” runs where you just float along, carefree without feeling any effort at all. LOVE when that happens! Let’s see if that will happen on Sunday for the Runner’s World Half Marathon.
You see, I haven’t had a good race since….last fall. I enjoyed all the races and experiences and accomplishments, but I haven’t felt GOOD in a race since last fall. Nagging injuries or not knowing where I’m at physically have caused races to be a struggle for me since then. Now I have been completely injury free (outside of occasional tightness I have to watch) and training fine for 3 months. I learned where I’m at right now for pacing and race goals based on my 10K race on Labor Day. In other words, I’m feeling back in the running groove and excited to accomplish new goals.
What, then, are my goals for the #RWHalf this weekend?
Actually…my goal is simply to run feeling good. I don’t have a time goal and expect to run it at a slower and steadier pace than “racing” it. I’m doing this race purely for fun and so will just see where it takes me. I have zero thoughts of setting a PR or anything of that nature. I plan to soak in the race atmosphere and energy, then carry that with me into the beginning of training for my next marathon. So, here’s to a successful race weekend for me and a successful weekend (whatever that may be) for you, too!
Your Turn – Where is your favorite place to grocery shop? What are you hoping to accomplish this weekend?