Running Fun

Hi!  This week was a great week running-wise.  I got in more miles than I have been, and had a lot of fun doing it.  I made a new running friend this week.  This is why I love the running community so much!  I ran into a stranger on the road and we bonded over running!  I didn’t do a lot of extra workouts, but I’m happy with my running mileage.  

Monday – I did not sleep at all on Sunday night.  Not even dozing.  I was wide awake all night and I have no idea why!  I really didn’t want to get up and run, but I knew if I didn’t then I wouldn’t later in the day.  So, I got up at 7:15 and headed out.  I was a mile into my run and was coming to the top of the side road when I ran into a girl.  I have seen her several times running the main road, so I stopped and asked how far up the road she ran.  She said she ran the whole road and invited me to come with her.  Of course I said yes!  We ran 4 miles and talked the whole time.  It was a lot of fun and I found out that she lives about a half mile past me.  We exchanged numbers and planned on running together again!  I ended up with right under 5 miles when we got back to my house. 

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Jake was waiting for me to take him for a walk.  I was super hot, so I had to drink a whole bottle of water before we went.  He ran for the first part of it, but then got hot.  I ended up with 5.27 miles for the day. 

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When we got back home, I drank another bottle of water and then did a short circuit workout.  (The same one I did last week.) 

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After showering, I had a chocolate protein shake.  Then I got ready to run some errands and head to the pool!  I hung out there for a few hours and relaxed! 

My mom got a new chlorine holder!
My parents got a new chlorine holder!

Tuesday – No sleep on Sunday night caught up with me today!  I got up early to run, but that didn’t happen.  When I got up, my body felt so sore – especially my back.  I just felt exhausted.  So, I slept for a couple of more hours.  Then I spent the day lounging around the house resting.  Jake and I shared a sandwich for lunch.  That afternoon I did do some stretching to try and get rid of the soreness, but that was all I did.  

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I did help watch Jeremy water the garden.  It’s really growing fast!  And I’m so excited about all the okra! 

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Wednesday – I met up with my new runner friend, Shannon, and one of her friends for an early morning run.  Before they got to my house, I sat on the front porch enjoying the sunrise.  It’s so peaceful in the mornings!

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The three of us ran three and a half miles together, and then when we got to my house I ran down the side road to make it four miles.  We ran through all the road construction – they were laying asphalt.  (They are so close to finally being finished!)  The new road is really nice to run on! 

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After my run, I did a 30 minute circuit workout.  It was 8:30 am when I finished and I already had over 10,000 steps!  I was worn out!  

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Jake was at the groomer’s all day, so I cleaned up the house and went to pick up a few groceries.  When he came home, I played with him the rest of the afternoon.  For dinner, I fixed us some chicken quesadillas.  

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Thursday – I got up at 7:15 and headed out for a run.  It didn’t start off very well – I think because I was still half asleep!  And, about a mile into it my stomach started growling.  It was cool and overcast out, but it was soooo humid that I was having a hard time breathing.  I made it 3.5 miles and was heading home when I got a text from Shannon that she was about to head out for a run if I wanted to go.  I said yes!  I ran home to get a drink and met her on the road.  I ran another 3.5 miles.  Well, we walked and talked the last half mile.  

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Then, once she left me at my house, I took Jake for a half mile walk.  He played with all his friends.  

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I was super tired and hot by the time we got back.  I made into my kitchen and sat down on the floor!  Jake kept trying to lick my face, he didn’t know what was wrong.  I sat there until I drank almost a whole liter of water!  

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The only other workout that I did was some squats.  Later in the afternoon I ran to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things for the lake this weekend and Jake needed some new toys.  I hate going to Wal-Mart during the day because it is so busy.  People drive me crazy when they block the entire aisles and talk!  Move!!!  🙂  

Friday – I woke up around 8 and headed out for a run.  This run was awful!  No matter how hard I tried, I just did not have the energy to do it.  I ran 2 miles and then I walked 1.  

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I went home to get Jake and took him for a 1 mile walk.  

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We went to check out the blackberry bushes, and there were a lot of ripe berries.  

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So, I took Jake back home and got a bucket.  I went back and picked some berries!  I love fresh blackberries!  

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When I got back I started a circuit workout.  But, I only made it one time through.  I was really tired!  The rest of the day was spent doing laundry and getting ready for our weekend at the lake!  

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend!  Happy 4th to you!  

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. 

I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and

Angela from Marathons & Motivation

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10 thoughts on “Running Fun

  1. Brooklyn

    Fresh berries are the best! I miss having berry bushes close by.
    That’s so great that you met some new running friends!
    Happy 4th of July from Canada 🙂

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      Thank you! I picked a ton of berries today! I love to freeze them and then snack on them all year!

  2. San

    Look at you, getting all these morning runs in and then making a new running friend on top of it. That is awesome. (Note to self: I need to make some running friends).

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      🙂 Running friends are the best!! And they keep me accountable and motivated! Plus it’s more fun than running alone sometimes!

  3. Kimberly Hatting

    We had several black raspberry bushes in our back yard when we lived in Michigan…..I LOVE anything in the raspberry/blackberry family!

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      Me too! I love eating them, but I’m not a fan of picking them. 🙂

  4. Ilka

    Tara! Congrats on a fun training week. It’s so great you found a running partner who lives close to you. It makes running so much easier and times flies by so much easier! Stay cool while you’re out there and get some good sleep!

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      Thank you! I am loving having a running partner. It makes me get out of bed when we have plans to run together! I don’t want to cancel! 🙂

  5. HoHo Runs

    How wonderful to meet a new running buddy. Maybe that will help take your mind off the heat and humidity. I love blackberries! I’m putting them on top on my oatmeal right now. Is Jake allowed in the pool? My dogs don’t like to swim but I make them do it anyway just so they know how to get out of the pool on their own if they fall in. I hope you have another fun running week! Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      Jake loves to swim!! He has his own pool he swims in. I picked some more blackberries today and have been snacking on them all day!

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