family fun

It was another crazy week (seems to happen a lot this time of year!) and I didn’t have time to post anything.  Mom and one sister were out this past weekend for the US Half Marathon, among other things.

As early as Thursday morning I was feeling exhausted and drained because I wasn’t sleeping well, but did manage to get through the weekend and then slept almost 11 hours last night!

Thursday: morning run w/ sis

45 minute coastal run on another perfect, sunny day,  I felt horrible and my HR was up way too high for most of the run, was planning to do a second run (to happy hour) later in the day but had to bail because I was too tired after work and had a pounding headache

Friday: rest & yoga

I used my few afternoon free hours to rest at home and do some easy yoga,  I was able to continue to dinner and an evening show with more energy

Saturday: swim

I brought Mom and her friend to the pool with me and we spent 20 minutes swimming/sitting in the hot tub, 600 yd mixed strokes, first swim since my wrist began aching,  all good!

Sunday: 1/2 marathon

We arrived home from Modesto (where my sister performed a stunning Dvorak concerto with the orchestra) late Saturday night then slept 5 hours.  The pouring rain woke us before alarms went off and I started sending texts to various friends who were planning on running.  Out of 7, only 1 responded positively.  My sister was still enthusiastic because she’d been training specifically for this race so we called Mom’s hotel and her friend informed us that she was up and ready to go.  There was no bailing for me!  We dropped by the hotel, found a parking garage in Fisherman’s wharf and arrived at the start line just as the race began.  There was a surprising turnout for the weather and many of us wore rain ponchos or garbage bags for much of the race.  Our feet were soaked early on from running through puddles and shoes were filthy by the end from red mud near the GG bridge.  The three of us ran the race from start to finish together, encouraging one another and chatting.   That’s the way to run!   After we crossed the finish line, we made a b-line for the hotel and hot showers.  Brunch followed at the Plant Cafe.  Yum!

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I used voting with my husband before he went to work as an excuse to get myself out the door first thing this morning.  Unfortunately I didn’t eat or drink much before I left the house and felt sluggish for the first few minutes of my run.  After a while I fell into an easy pace, letting my feet take me where they would.  I explored new paths and lost myself in a This American Life podcast about unconditional love and parenting.  One story was about adoption, the other about autism.  It’s hard to keep breathing and running when I’m choked up!  The park was bright green, with moss and new grass growing everywhere.  If I couldn’t feel fall in the air, I’d think it was springtime here!

The workout: 60 minute run

ZN 3/4, average HR 78%, 481 calories