Is it Monday again already?
I’m actually looking forward to this week because Adam’s BIRTHDAY is on Wednesday! Before I get too far ahead of myself though, let’s rewind back to a few weekend matters.
1. Running has been GREAT! It turns out that dropping from the full to the half at Miami has completely lifted my spirits, confirming that it was the right decision. Knowing that I’m going to be okay from a time management/stress perspective due to shorter-long runs has really improved my outlook on this season.
I’ve been wondering whether I would have become disenchanted with the marathon distance had I not had to put Chicago on the back-burner and/or if renovations with the house weren’t going to take up all my time this winter. I think if we had never decided to buy a house and I had been able to concentrate on Chicago fully I would have reached the start line full of the same excitement and desire I felt when I signed up.
The marathon (and beyond) is still a distance that pulls at me, although half marathon training definitely fits this stage of my life better. I felt so in-the-moment and happy during both of my runs this weekend instead of worrying about how I was going to fit in all of those upcoming long runs on my marathon training schedule. Feeling excited about running instead of anxious about it is definitely the way to go (<–whoa, amazing insight lol).
Plus the weather has been phenominal and that has helped lift my running spirits too!
I’m still trying to figure out what pace I want to shoot for at Miami. I used all of my training runs last week as an opportunity to test out different paces to see what felt comfortably hard. I have a post coming tomorrow with my A, B and C goals!
2. My new running shoes arrived! Last week I noticed the tread on my current pair of Brooks Glycerins was getting pretty worn so I ordered a new pair last week. I’m seriously loving this pink and grey combo!
I’m hoping that these new shoes will help alleviate some of the calf tightness I’ve been experiencing. I’m not super optimistic though, as I wore my old pair during my run last night and for some reason I barely had any calf tightness at all. I have no idea why it comes and goes like that!
3. I have a love/hate relationship with paint. When we knew we were going to buy the townhouse we checked around for painting quotes. To have the interior of the house painted would be about $3,000 which at the time sounded crazy to me.
Instead of contracting a painting company I picked out my colors and over the weekend I started painting.
What I have learned is that I hate painting. Picking out colors was FUN but applying those colors to the walls is not fun at all. I don’t like laying painter’s tape, I don’t like when the paint splatters onto me and I don’t like laying on the ground to do the trim.
In case you’re wondering (this is mostly for Cheryl, haha) we did end up going with BM Edgecomb Gray for the walls in all the main rooms (living room, bedroom, office), BM Simply White for the laundry room and one bathroom and then just a basic white by Behr that a guy at Home Depot suggested for the trim all around the house.
I still need to pick a navy color for one of the bathrooms and a bright color for the front door… that’s for another day though!
4. Cecil and Georgie are getting along much better! Look at them sleeping together in the tree. Up until now they would alternate who got to sleep on the top shelf and who had to sleep on the lower one, but now they’re just squeezing in together up top.
I’m proud of Cecil for sharing his space like this because trust me when I say he doesn’t like to share. Sometimes Adam and I end up crammed at the very edge of the bed while he’s sprawled out with half the bed to himself!
I was going to include five things in this post but it turns out I’ve already been talking for way too long on a Monday so I’ll end this post here. Talk again soon!
How was your weekend?
Do you prefer dark or bright colored running shoes?