Sunday, March 31, 2019

March Books

I can't believe my goal of reading 17 books in 2017 (ha, I ended up with 88 in 2017 and 77 in 2018!) has morphed into this passion for books. Let's be real, not having cable TV to keep me "entertained" also gives me more free time to dive into a great book or seven ;) {PS One of my goals for 2019 is to read 19 books, let's see how many times over I can do that.}

There were ELEVEN books in the first two month, so when I add March's NINE that brings my total for 2019 to TWENTY thus far! If you're interested in what I read (or how I'd rate them and whether I'd recommend you giving them a read or giving them a hard pass), make sure to check out my previous recaps! {January's Books, February's Books}

  • Fear by Bob Woodward - I grabbed this from the library when I was waiting for the Michelle Obama book to become available. I had very little knowledge about the book prior to grabbing it (wasn't sure if it was "pro" Trump or "anti" Trump), but since it was available and I still had a couple weeks before the other book was up for grabs I decided I'd try this one. I am going to keep my own personal politics out of this review (or at least give it my best attempt at doing so), but to say this book was interesting would be an understatement. I would not call myself an uber political person (don't get me wrong, I vote in all elections and try to stay up-to-date on platforms that interest or impact me, but I don't know a ton of what goes on in the day-to-day politics), and with all of the slander and disgust in today's media I try to keep my nose out of it for the most part. This book was very eye opening because it was sort of a look behind the curtain (and behind the curtain while the President is still in office). I was flabbergasted at not only some of the actions of the President but also people around him (some have gone as far as to take memos off the President's desk to keep him from signing them). I wouldn't say that this book changed my view of President Trump, but it was very eye opening to some of his behaviors (even more so than the media has been). I'll be honest, I had a hard time following some of the key players (especially since they changed so frequently and the book jumped around a bit), but that doesn't mean that at the end of the book I still wasn't left shaking my head and wondering what's coming in the remaining time President Trump is in the White House. I would give it a 7 out of 10 (but know going in it isn't an easy read). 

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama - I got on the wait list for this book at our library as soon as I could... and I was still like 30+ in line... I patiently waited my turn and was STOKED when it became available. As you saw, the previous book I read was another "political" one, but let me just say, this book wasn't political. I mean, of course, in so much as the author was the President's wife it is political, but, for the most part, this is a memoir about the life of Michelle Obama. Of course her husband is interwoven into her story, but she has so much of her own story to tell that it would be silly (and shameful) to see her simply as the President's wife. I think what struck me throughout this book was not only how similar she is to so many women in the country, but to how much encouragement and hope she brings to those around her. Her message is one of strength and perseverance. Although her story touches on some politics (it would be hard not to, when you are married to someone in the political realm), the book is more about a girl becoming a woman, a student becoming a professional, a woman becoming a wife and mother, and, eventually, Michelle becoming the First Lady. I think, as opposed to the previous book I read, this left me inspired and motivated - not only about how the world could be, but how the world should be. And we all have a role to play. I'm not saying we all need to run for office or pound on doors for a political candidate, but I am saying we should all champion a cause, something that is near and dear to our hearts, and do our darnedest to make this world a better place. Thank you, Michelle, for all you have done for children, for women, for this country. You continue to be an example and I wish you the best in whatever this next chapter holds for you and your family! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff - The hubby and I have Amazon Prime, and when I logged in a few days ago it suggested that we watch Beautiful Boy. When I read the synopsis I found out it was based on a book, and since we all know the books are ALWAYS better, I grabbed it from the library so I could read it before we watched the film. This is a story about a father's experience with his son's addiction to meth. As I'm sure you can imagine, the story is heartbreaking. Not only for Nic, the son with the addiction, but for the family as well. David, the father, does a great job describing the situation and what he was feeling through the entire journey. This is a real and raw look at the effects addiction can have on all parties involved. Unfortunately I am no stranger to addiction, although I am lucky to have those with the disease currently on the straight and narrow. I can't even imagine how it would feel to have your child addicted (and to meth nonetheless), my heart goes out to this family and all the others dealing with this hell. I much appreciate the new afterword that has been included with David's thoughts on how we as a society could be doing better to help those addicted (and their families). I absolutely agree that our healthcare system is not set up to handle addiction adequately. It is a disease that does not discriminate based on economic class, gender, race, etc - so it is in everyone's best interest to focus on treatments and solutions. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris - I guess you could say I have been on a World War II, Holocaust reading kick lately. I don't really know why (especially with the subject matter being so dark and somber), but I continue to be drawn to them. When I had shared a recent book in my Instagram stories, a friend mentioned this title so I put it on hold at the library. Let me just say, this book... WOW! It is deemed a novel, but it's based on a true story and man is it a crazy one. Lale is a Slovakian Jew who is taken to Auschwitz and eventually becomes the tattooist, the one who tattoos the identification number on the bodies of everyone coming into Auschwitz-Birkenau. Although this is definitely not a light-hearted read, it is one centered on love and perseverance. I have no idea what I would do in a situation like this, but I pray A. never to find out, but B. that I would have the strength to fight for those around me and to make a difference in the world, however small and seemingly insignificant it may be. I feel like I spoiled the ending a bit by flipping through the last few pages of the book, so if you grab it, I would recommend averting your eyes. I flew through this book in an afternoon, I just couldn't put it down (started reading it while I rode the stationary bike). I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom - You may remember that last year I read through quite a few of Mitch Albom's books. He is a Detroit guy (who also runs a non-profit in Haiti) and I always love his writing, so when I saw one of his books (and, surprisingly one I hadn't already read) at the "little free library" on our doggy walk route, I grabbed it. It has been sitting on my bedside table for a few weeks now because books keep becoming available at the library, but when I had a few days and didn't have any books reserved at the library I picked this one up. I've gotta say - I really liked it. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I felt like it kept me guessing and interested the entire time. Unlike some books where I can predict the plot or outcome, this one had me on the edge of my seat for the entire time. I feel like it was a rather long book compared to the other ones of his that I had read, but I still flew through it in about a day and a half. Despite the name and focus of the story, I didn't feel this was a religious book, so if that is something that would turn you off from reading it I'd still suggest picking it up. I would say, even though it's a novel, it does make you do a little soul searching about what you believe and why you believe it. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

  • Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky - I grabbed this one from the library because I loved the illustrations (and because who doesn't need to learn about more amazing female role models?!). I would say that this book is more geared towards girls, but I loved it nonetheless. I actually put it on my Amazon wish list once I finished it because I wouldn't mind having it in my collection (a pretty cool coffee table book if you ask me). I think this would be a great book for any girl in your life (whether she likes sports or not). I loved learning more about lesser known athletes (and sports) and hearing about how these women took names and kicked booty! Obviously this book is only about 100 pages long (one page dedicated to the illustration and one to her bio plus a few extra pages here and there), so it was a quick read, but I really enjoyed it. WOMEN FOR THE WIN! I also am excited to check out this author's previous book Women in Science! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

  • Strong is the New Beautiful by Lindsey Vonn - I don't remember how I came across this title, but it was waiting for me on hold in my most recent library haul so I gave it a try. This isn't your typical book (although there is a decent amount of text in it), it is more of a workout guide, cookbook, healthy living tutorial. Although I wouldn't necessarily say I'm the target audience, I did walk away with some great little nuggets. First, I really appreciate that it focuses on strength (not losing weight, not a specific diet, not on being skinny or the numbers on a scale). Also, I'm stoked she includes different workouts for different levels of fitness. She also makes a point to mention folks should be finding activities they enjoy (if you enjoy it, you're more likely to stick with it). Lastly, I think it was the kick in the pants I needed to actually start adding strength training back in to my regimen. I have gotten lazy in that department (although I have been doing a squat, push-up, plank and crunch challenge {actually four separate challenges} this month, so maybe that is the jumpstart, along with this book, that I needed). I wouldn't say this is one I would recommend folks to buy (I'm sure you can find similar information online, for free), but since I checked it out of the library it worked for me. I would give it a 6.5 out of 10.

  • Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan - I had seen a friend post this book on her Instagram and mention she really liked it so I grabbed it from the library. It's a collection of essays the author put together that focus on a phrase or word we use (or should use) in our relationships. Let me be up front about this one, this one touches on serious matters. Kelly had recently been through two large losses in her life, so many of the chapters mention (or focus on) the death of her father and best friend. Despite the sometimes sad and somber emotion, Kelly tends to bring light and life to the book. At times it's funny and raw and refreshing. The author seems very down-to-earth and communicates in a way that makes her feel like your best friend. I wasn't sure what I was envisioning when I grabbed this one, but I think it surpassed my expectations. It was more thought-provoking than I was anticipating and I walked away thinking about how I need to add some of the phrases into my life more often (like "I was wrong" or "Tell me more" or just plain "No"). This was another book I flew through in an afternoon and would definitely recommend you do the same. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

  • Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas - I came across this book because someone had recently left a review of it on the library's website (and since I feel like I am one of the very few people who does that it stuck out to me). The review was positive so I put the book on my list to grab and am very happy I did. I will be completely honest, I don't know a ton about immigration, even though I live less than 50 miles from the Mexico border. This book provided eye-opening insight on what an undocumented citizen goes through on a daily basis. The author of the book may have a slightly different story from others, but the themes are the same - lying, passing and hiding. Not only did this book inform me about a lot of the policies and regulations (without being too dry and boring), it really hit home when it got to the heart of the matter - who (or what) is an American? I was very appreciative that Jose mentioned the language we use surrounding immigration. Words can have lasting consequences and I know I will be more careful with what I say. The book isn't super long (and actually wished it was longer) so I was able to fly through it in an afternoon. I can see how Jose has made a name for himself as a journalist, his writing really draws you in. I would give it a 9 out of 10. 

With that, March has come to a close. My reading may not be going gang-busters like it has in the past, but I hope it never completely stops. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I'm always willing to add them to my library wait list!

PS I created an Amazon list that includes all of the books I've read and would recommend to others. Check it out!

What was the best book you read this year?

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Workout Recap - Week 13

Sunday, March 24th – San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, March 25th – 4 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, March 26th – 10.10 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, March 27th – 8.5 mile run

Thursday, March 28th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, March 29th   24 mile run (broken up into a 10, 6 and 8 mile run 4 hours apart, mimicking #Ragnar4Rett legs)

Saturday, March 30th – #TeamSparkle #Ragnar4Rett Virtual 5K, Stretched & Foam Rolled

I am happy to report this final long run that I split up to mimic #Ragnar4Rett legs went better than the last one (stuck with Uncrustables for fueling in between runs since I know that has worked for me in the past). I walked more of the hills than I would have liked, but getting over 1,000 feet of elevation climb in the final 8 of 24 miles will do that to you (especially after the hill 15K I ran earlier in the week and all of the squats I've been doing lately). NOW IT'S TIME TO TAPER! 

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday Favorites

WHOOO HOOO! It's FRIDAY! Not only is it our weekly chips and salsa date (we missed it last week because the hubby had a golf tournament, but you better believe we'll be back at it today!), but today was also my LAST LONG RUN before #Ragnar4Rett so I'm really going to dig in (as if I need a reason any other day - I don't think so!). Now for my Friday finds.

Brooks' Boston "T" Launch Shoes

If you've seen the previous Boston Marathon inspired shoes Brooks has released, you may have assumed they were going to go the lobster ROUTE, but they went in a different DIRECTION (and, I've gotta say, I like it more than the crustacean). They explored many options for the design of this year’s shoe and were ultimately inspired by the city’s infamous transportation system and the spirit of running in Boston. The marathon route is just one way to get downtown. The Boston T Launch 6 celebrates the city’s famous subway system. With colorful lines mapped around the heel, you’re never without a map with these marathon running shoes. And, don't worry, they didn't forget about the lobsters completely. There are tiny lobsters on the tongue, heel, and sockliner. Sorry, no chowdah though. The shoe officially LAUNCHED (get it?! the shoe is called the Launch...) yesterday so if you want to snag a pair, don't delay!


Toy Story 4

Can you believe that the original Toy Story movie was released in 1995?! And that later this year, TWENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, they are releasing the fourth installment of the movie?! Think about everything that has happened over the last two and a half decades - it's just crazy! Although most sequels aren't nearly as good as the original, I have really enjoyed this franchise and bet the hubby and I will hit up the theaters in June when this one opens.

REI Co-op Roadtripper Recycled Duffel - 40L

Okay, okay, so I have a thing for bags. I think if I could, I would probably have a closet full of them... And this one is next up on ones that I NEED. Sure, I have other bags that I could use instead, but I don't actually have a duffel, so this is filling a void in my collection, right?! Made with recycled nylon, the 40L REI Co-op Roadtripper recycled duffel is the ideal size for an airline overhead or your car's trunk. It's roomy, easy to carry and packs into its own side pocket. And look at the patch and the color... I mean, I think they had me specifically in mind when they made it!


Elevation Worship - Resurrecting

There are some songs that when they come on the radio I just HAVE TO blare the music and sing with all my might. Normally it's a Sam Smith, Adele, Macklemore, Dashboard Confessional song, but recently it has been more praise music. My current jam is "Resurrecting" by Elevation Worship. Man, you gotta declare it at the top of your lungs, right?! 

4,000 Mile Cross-Country Trail

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has announced a cross-country, multi-use trail that will run across 12 states and Washington D.C., known as The Great American Rail Trail. The nearly 4,000-mile trail will begin in Washington, D.C., and end in Washington State, attaching to several gateway trails such as Capital Crescent Trail, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Panhandle Trail, the Hennepin Canal Parkway, the Casper Rail Trail, and Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. While the idea for this trail began 30 years ago, the RTC has spent the last 18 months researching 34,000 miles worth of pathways across the U.S., as well as collaborating with state agencies and local trail partners to create a comprehensive plan. The project itself will take years to complete according to Keith Laughlin, RTC president. At the moment, only 50 percent of the work is finished. However, the RTC plans to release full route information by Spring 2019. NOW WHO WANTS TO START PLANNING THE ULTRA TO RUN THE TRAIL WITH ME?!


What are you loving lately?

Monday, March 25, 2019

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K Race Recap

Yesterday morning I ran the San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K.

This was actually the second time running this race, the first time was back in 2013, so when Sweet Valley Organics reached out to me about joining their team and running the race I figured it was time to return for a second go-around.

It has been a hot minute since running a San Diego race (isn't it funny that we live like 45 minutes north but barely ever venture to downtown unless we are going to the airport?!), but I was excited to get back down to the city for all the sights and sounds. The hubby and I went down to the Expo on Saturday to pick up my bib, goodies (this race offers a a full-zip jacket with a hood instead of the standard race tee), and of course my Sweet Valley Organics team shirt. The Expo was located at the San Diego Concourse - Golden Hall. To be honest, it's one of my least favorite expo locations for San Diego races due to the parking situation (it's in a somewhat weird location so normally you use the parking garage which only accepts cash {who carries cash these days?!}), but I figured since I was comped my registration I could fork over the $5 for 45 minutes of parking. (And, yes, I did have to set a reminder in my phone to stop by the bank for the money.)


Grabbed my race goodies, some extra sweet treats and hugs from friends. A major success in my opinion!

Love the color of the team shirts!!

PS Can I just take a quick second to mention how super convenient it was that you could load your registration QR code into your Apple Wallet?! When you went to grab your bib, the volunteer just scanned your code, printed off a sticker with your personal info (name, shirt size, corral number) already on it and stuck it onto a bib - EASY PEASY!

I wish every race made their packet pick-up this easy!

Since we were in San Diego, we decided to hit up one of our favorite veggie restaurants, Plumeria, for lunch. It did not disappoint! While we were there we also found out they recently opened a "sister" location in Encinitas which is much closer to our house, Plum. Although their menu is more Thai than the main location, we have to give it a try!

The broccoli delight with mock duck and brown rice is AMAZEBALLS!

And, just in case you were wondering, YEP, the hubby DID fall asleep on the way to and from the expo, but I guess I forgave him ;) We did wake up beforehand and get in a 10 mile run before getting ready and heading to San Diego.

Literally we could be talking one second and the next he is snoring... So funny!

Once we got home I had to decide on my race outfit. Normally I have my gear picked out days (if not weeks) in advance, but since I would be wearing a team shirt and didn't get it (or even know the color scheme until I grabbed it from the Expo) until that morning I ran to my closet immediately to pick out all of the pieces for the perfect #FlatCarlee. 

#FlatCarlee included a Sweet Valley Organics shirt, Pink and Black PRO Compression Socks, Fuchsia Sparkle Athletic Skirt, #TeamSparkle
trucker (from a few #Ragnar4Rett's ago), black Brooks FastForward Crossback sports bra, elite Road ID, blue and pink QALO silicone
wedding bands
, blue and pink Momentum Jewelry wraps, COROS APEX Watch and Brooks Levitate with silver reflective Shwings.

Eventually it was time to foam roll, stretch and hit the hay. I knew my alarms would start early (the event offers both a 5K and 15K and although the 15K doesn't start until 7:45am, I was worried that parking would be tough with all of the 5K runners starting at 6:45am {not to mention, we had to take road closures into account}), so it was off to bed I went.

You may have noticed I was up WAY past my bedtime... but we
were celebrating our friend's 40th birthday at the beach and I
didn't hit the sack until much later than I would've liked... Oh well!

The hubby, pup and I got in the car around 6:15am on race morning, hoping to be down in San Diego by 7:00am. Traffic was easy breezy and surprisingly so was parking. Although the race has some recommended parking lots (which cost money) we decided to chance it and look for free street parking. We were fine walking a little extra (the pup had to get in his #WaltWalkStreak mile for the day anyway), so we found a spot about a half mile away and made our way to the start.

Gotta stop for a picture in front of the Gaslamp sign.
PS I went with the Youth XL sweatshirt because I liked the black better than the women's color.

By the time we got to the starting area they were releasing the final corrals for the 5K so it seemed like perfect timing. We hit up the port-o-potties (which were plentiful) and made our way to the start line to snap a quick picture.

I think the marshmallow men have pretzel rods for arms, but I'm not sure... What do you think?!

I made my way to meet up with some of my PRO Compression friends for a quick pre-race picture and chat. It's always great getting to see folks at races, even if it's only for a few minutes. (We had a smaller crew than normal because the Los Angeles Marathon was happening the same morning, but we were still doing our darnedest to hold it down in SD!)

And we all wore different socks - good thing there are plenty to choose from ;) 

At that point the hubby and pup decided to head to a spectating spot a little further from the start (Walt can be a little cray-cray, thinking he wants to bark at the runners {more in a 'fun, I'm chasing you' sort of way rather than a 'I want to attack you and eat your face' situation} so it tends to be easier if Ryan is away from the crowds so he can try to corral a wiener dog and snap a picture at the same time). Eventually it was time to say good-bye to the crew and get ready to go.

Satellites were locked and loaded!

I didn't really have a game plan for the race, other than to have a SWEET time (ha, I wonder how many times I can use that pun before you get sick of it...). I had run a combined 28 miles over the previous 48 hours, so I wasn't planning to break tape or anything like that, but still was hoping to put in a good effort. Like I mentioned, I had run this race in 2013 and remembered it being hilly so thought it'd be some decent elevation training for #Ragnar4Rett in a couple weeks.

Would've loved it a few degrees cooler, but beggars can't be choosers

I lined up behind the 7:30 pacer (yay for Beast Pacing being on the course!) and thought I'd do my best to stick with him as long as possible (although, to be honest, seeing as we started on an incline I didn't expect to stay with them long).

Starting off strong!

Let me be honest, when I was asked to run this race by Sweet Valley Organics, I went back and read my recap from 2013 (not only do I write them for you and folks potentially thinking about running the race in the future, but I also write them for ME!). I mentioned it was the hilliest course I had run, but of course at that point I had only been running for about a year so I wasn't sure if it really was incredibly hilly or if I just didn't have a ton to compare it to... Well, let me tell you, IT IS HILLY! We may have only gained 580 feet over the 9.3 miles, but I swear it felt like we were running uphill the entire way. I would joke with spectators and say something along the lines of "we've gotta get to some downhill eventually... right?!". They all chuckled a bit, which made me smile, but also think that downhill may not be in sight anytime soon...

It might not look crazy, but I literally felt like we were running uphill the entire race...

Despite the hills, I like the course. You run from Petco Park to Balboa Park and back (it's not necessarily an out-and-back course, runners aren't coming back at you, but you are running out and returning in the same general direction).


There aren't a ton of spectators, but the volunteers directing traffic and manning the aid stations were awesome (cheering loudly, shaking cowbells, dancing). It isn't a party the whole way like Rock 'N' Roll San Diego, but I still felt the love!


I remember a friend mentioning if you can make it to Mile 7 you get a decent amount of downhill to the finish (although another climb would present itself between there and the finish). I kept chugging along and was happy to see the downhill once it appeared (we definitely earned it at that point). Like normal, I wasn't looking at my watch, just doing my best to enjoy the opportunity, be grateful for my abilities, thank the folks on the course and soak in the San Diego beauty.

Charging towards the finish line.

Eventually it was time to cross the finish line, but not before seeing the hubby and pup one last time. They cheered me in, telling me I was looking strong (well, Walt didn't verbalize it, but I'm sure that's what he was thinking ;)).

Ignore my major heel striking abilities and check out the fun shadow!

As I got closer to the finish I saw the clock approaching 1:10. I didn't have a goal, but thought that looked like a decent time to shoot for, so threw down the hammer. Before I knew it I was throwing up arms up and crossing the finish line.

Had I known we got free photos I probably would have tried a better finisher shot...

My watch showed 1:10:01, but I thought I started it a few seconds before crossing the start line so wasn't sure if I had a little cushion or not (but, seeing as I had only made the goal like 10 seconds before, it didn't matter a ton).

Make it pink, make it blue!

Once I looked at the results I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only did I run the race in 1:09:54, but I also came in THIRD in my age group (females 30-34) and FIFTEENTH female overall! BOOYA GRANDMA! I guess all the super speedsters were running the Los Angeles Marathon and left the normal folk to run the #HC15K ;) [PS It was also like a 9.5 minute PR, but seeing as the last time I ran this was 6 years ago {and my only other 15K to date} I guess going from 1:20:26 to 1:09:54 isn't too surprising - but hey, I'll take any new personal record I can set!]


The hubby and pup found me shortly after crossing the finish line so we snapped a couple photos with all of my sweet treats around the finisher area. (I would've loved more photo ops, but hey, not everyone is "doing it for the 'gram" ;))

I think Marshall was trying to snag my chocolate... 

We had to stop at the Sweet Valley Organics booth on the way out to say another big THANKS for having me on the team (and of course snag a few additional samples). Everyone was super friendly and congratulated me on a job well done.

PS Sweet Valley Organics sent me some of their yummy organic dark chocolate snack bites prior to the race so I could give them a try. They sent the Tart Cherries, Tender Bananas and Cinnamon Praline Pecans. I think my favorite were the bananas, but I saw they have a Sea Salt Caramel Cashew that I haven't tried but I believe could take the top spot.

Love that their treats use fair trade cocoa, are certified organics and are "GMO and weird stuff free". 

We took the long way back to the car so we could take a few photos along the bay. The weather was gorgeous and we had nowhere to be after the race so you've gotta take a few extra minutes to soak up all the San Diego vibes you can!

I've gotta say, although I donate the majority of my medals to Medals4Mettle (I currently only save my runDisney bling and medals from races of a marathon distance or longer), this one is pretty fun. You don't get a medal for the 5K, but the chocolate bar bling for the 15K is super cute and well executed (especially with the personalized San Diego piece).

Thanks again for Sweet Valley Organics for having me at the race and for all the yumminess! If you haven't tried their sweet treats, I'd keep your eyes peeled. And give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter while you're at it!

What's your favorite way to eat chocolate? (Mine's in White Chocolate Reese's form, inside of a s'more while camping!)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Workout Recap - Week 12

Sunday, March 17th – 10 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, March 18th – 4 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, March 19th – 10 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, March 20th – 8.88 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Thursday, March 21st – 75 minutes on the stationary bike

Friday, March 22nd   16.8 mile run (broken up into an 8, 6.2 and 2.6 mile run 4 hours apart, mimicking #Ragnar4Rett legs), Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, March 23rd – 10 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

So, Friday's runs were supposed to add up to a 22 mile run, but when I started my third run my stomach decided to revolt (not so much a bathroom issue, but a large knot that was painful whether I was going up or downhill, couldn't shake it, so after about two and a half miles I pulled the plug). The hubby had a 10 mile run on the calendar for the weekend, so since my Friday run was changed so I could listen to my body I decided to join him for some Saturday miles. All in all I got in the miles I needed to, just not the way I wanted (nor with the confidence boost I was after). Here's to a better week next week.

How were your workouts this past week?