Thursday, June 2, 2011

Progress 6.2.2011 & Mountain Trip!

How did last week's training schedule work out?
Run 3 mi
Run 1.4 mi
Run 1.75 mi
Run 3 mi (some fartleks)

Thursday: Rest (leaving for the mountains after work)
Hike or Rest

Hike, Yoga or Rest
Hika, Yoga or Rest

Not well.  Better than nothing, but I'm a little disappointed.  Wednesday I ended up skipping the gym.  I went, but as I pulled into the parking lot I realized I didn't have anything to pull my hair back with and I'd forgotten my deodorant.  Somehow this led to an overwhelming dread over the amount of stuff I still had to do before I left for NC.  I got back in my car, drove straight home, and Kristy and I went to Pho Dai Loi II for dinner.  The rest of the night involved a lot of laundry and packing.

Thursday was a Rest day, if you could call it that.  I felt like I was running a marathon at work, trying to finish everything before the holiday weekend.  Without getting too specific, I work in a law firm, and the attorney I work with has several hearings on the calendar, which means there are a lot of deadlines coming up which CANNOT be missed.  I was terrified to be out of the office for even one day.  Anyway, as soon as I finished with work, I was home packing up my toiletries and trying to microwave a quick frozen dinner.  Of course, Thursday brought some of the worst weather Georgia has seen in a while, and our power went out about 15 seconds into cooking my fettuccine.  We were in a hurry to get on the road and north of Atlanta before traffic got too bad, so I ended up grabbing some McDonalds (EW.) about 30 minutes into the trip.  Our friends, Ryan and Amy, caravaned with us, so after such a rushed day, we spent the evening drinking wine and relaxing.  It was pretty glorious.

Friday I wasn't feeling to well (I'm sure it had nothing to do with the wine), so I spent the whole day reading and staring out the windows.

This is only a portion of the view from the living room/porch.

Friends started pouring in after lunch.  For dinner, delicious tacos were had by all, and an epic game of Identity Crisis ensued before I went to bed, and everyone else watched How to Train Your Dragon.

Saturday we ventured to Whiteside Mountain (pictured above).  It's not a very rough or difficult hike, but it was definitely a workout.  The best part is when you get to the top/lookout.  Not only is the view amazing, but you can literally see the house from there.  If you look at the picture above, to the left of the tip of the mountain there's a sort of dip in the trees.  That's the lookout spot.

From left: Aadil, Jerod, Nate, Jenn, Ryan, Lilli, Eric, Kim. (Not pictured - Me, because I'm terrified of heights and man-made platforms defying nature.  Also not pictures - Kristy and Amy, because they are taking photos, and Eric's sister Kate.)

That evening, the girls kicked the boys out of the living room and we played a very long game of Phase 10.

From left: Kate, clearly done with this game; Amy and Jenn.

Sunday, most of the gang went on another hike to some waterfalls.

Kristy, Amy and I, however, said "No thank you."  We drove into town to see some shops.  None of us brought a camera, and it was a pretty uneventful trip anyway, so I have nothing to show you.  We did stop by the Highland Hiker, where I found a sleeveless Patagonia sweat-wicking shirt on sale, as well as some Torvol padded socks, so I bought them in anticipation of running my race on Saturday in the sweltering Georgia heat.

Several friends left on Sunday, so that night was pretty mild.  We played a new game called Pictionary Telephone, which I've decided is to too difficult to actually explain other than to say it is exactly what it sounds like.  Monday, we cleaned, ate, drank beer, and just enjoyed our last day.  We all made it home that night in one piece, and came back to a 4-day work week.

I packed my bag for the gym on Monday night, but I haven't made it there yet this week, and it doesn't look promising.  Tuesday, I wanted to work on making a moving plan (because, holy crap I'm moving in 3 weeks).  Yesterday, I had free tickets to the Braves game, which I couldn't pass up.  Today is Kristy's birthday.  Tomorrow is the day before the race.  I don't have high hopes for improving my PR on Saturday, but I do feel like my endurance has significantly improved in the last month, so I might be proven wrong.  We'll see.

As you've probably guessed by now, there is no training schedule for this week.  I'll be back on Sunday with a race recap, training schedule, and maybe even a brief review of New Rules of Lifting for Women.

How did you spend Memorial Day weekend?


  1. Aw, I'm so jellies! Your weekend looks like it was awesome.

    I spent Memorial Day weekend shuttling to NYC and back twice (exhausting) to see friends and do thesis research. It was fun but definitely not relaxing in any way!

  2. I saw your blog post about the library in NYC. I'm a bit jellies myself. :)