hi friends! hope you all had a fabulous 3-day weekend<3
first things first, grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair, cause this one’s a long one! i have been really busy lately, so when i do get free time, chances are i’m sleeping. or catching up on tv. which is a-okay by me, but means it’s been harder to find time for this little space on the internet (which always happens towards the end of the quarter). so when i do i feel like my posts are always crazy long. hoping to change that soon, but for now thanks for sticking with me!
anyway, here goes! i had an awesome 3-day weekend, which started with a trip to the grove with two of the besties. i love the grove (it’s like adult disneyland) and we wanted go do something fun on valentines day. we ended up grabbing a pizza in the farmer’s market area of the grove, which was super good, and then for the main event headed to cheesecake factory to grab a few pieces to split. we went with the chocolate chip cookie dough and the adam’s peanut butter- the peanut butter one was the winner! so rich. so peanut buttery. so freakin’ good. & once our bellies were more than sufficiently full we headed to the movie theater to see a winter’s tale. it was okay, a little odd at some points (i didn’t quite like how they blended fantasy/reality), but overall a great night out.
the next morning i had my 20-miler on the docket! i missed my 18 miler last week and ended up running 11 instead, but this week i was determined to hit at least 19. i didn’t have step class because of the 3 day weekend, so i was able to have a leisurely breakfast of sunbutter banana honey wraps + coffee before heading out.
and holy moly, 20 miles is a loooong way to run. i almost feel like the most difficult miles were miles 5-10 because i knew how much farther i still had to run (it’s a total mind game). but after running up a huge hill around mile 10, i ran by this super nice group of runners who looked like they’d just finished their run & they offered to refill my water bottles! huge life saver because i had just run out of water earlier than expected and it was pretty warm out. i was also just really surprised because in general i haven’t run into too many kind strangers in LA. after that things got a bit better – lots of downhill, running through really nice neighborhoods with gorgeous houses in beverly hills – and then i got to my favorite park & water fountain. my mocha clif shot never tasted so good!
then i continued on, and around mile 16 ran by another group of friendly runners (seriously unheard of in this area! guess everyone was out getting their last training run done for the marathon) who were smiling and cheering me on and also offered me water. totally made my day! then around mile 17-18 i really started hurting. my longest run before this was 16 so i kept myself going mentally knowing that every step was a PDR, but my legs were starting to give out on me. by mile 18 it felt like both my entire legs were cramping, and every step (or should i say shuffle) was a challenge. but i’d made it this far and spent this much time on the run so i knew i had to push through! i started singing out loud to take my mind off the pain which actually worked. and got me some really weird stares.
for fueling, i had 2 shot blocks around mile 5, 2 more around mile 10, a clif shot at mile 14, and the last 2 shot blocks around mile 17.5. i think i’m going to take more fuel at the actual marathon because i don’t think it was quite enough based on how i was feeling.
the end stats: 20.06 miles in 3:13:19
and my splits:
i was so, so proud of myself for finishing. it also gave me a lot of confidence for the upcoming marathon in 3 weeks! i was a little nauseous after the run, but chugged a powerade and a bottled illy mochacino (there wasn’t any chocolate milk in the vending machine but it did the trick). then i made a massive bowl of oats with peanut butter!
once i’d showered, changed, and packed, i headed over to my brother’s place because we were going to the airport to pick up mom & dad! they came down for the weekend and i was so excited to see them. i also finally got my green smoothie that i’d been craving for like a month now at my brother’s – i even have him putting spinach in his smoothies now!
after picking up my parents and going by the hotel, we went back out to grab an afternoon coffee (i passed since i’d had some that morning plus the shot blocks & gels had caffeine in them) and my mom and i got pedicures before dinner. BEST thing ever to do after a long run! my legs were extremely grateful for the massage. except the lady asked if i wanted my calluses removed and looked at me like i was crazy when i was like NOOO i need those! haha #runnerproblems
then we met my brother & dad and grabbed dinner at 800 degrees, per usual. it’s a really unique build your own pizza place and i got a regular margherita pizza with bacon & mushrooms. hit. the. spot. and then froyo after!
pizza + froyo is the only way to refuel after long runs. just sayin.
on sunday we slept in and then headed to corner bakery for brunch! egg paninis + coffees for all, and my mom even bought a few donuts at the local donut place (which i hadn’t been to yet- shocker) that were super good. after brunch, we headed to the mall to do a little shopping & i found two adorable dresses at H&M! usually that place is a hit or miss so i was really excited.
then we grabbed which wich for lunch (favorite sandwich place ever) and went to see monument’s men. it was okay, nothing to write home about, but not bad. after we got coffee- this time i got an almond milk latte- before heading back to the mall for dinner at the counter. we shared fries to start and i ate all the sweet potato fries. so good. i had a burger in a bowl (on mixed greens) with white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, pickles, carrot strings, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, and avocado. the white cheddar was really good & you can never go wrong with bacon + avocado!
and froyo for dessert. betcha didn’t see that one coming
after watching some of the olympics we crashed early- all in all an amazing weekend! my parents headed back home yesterday, and i got some shopping done, practiced step, took an apartment tour (realllllly praying this one works out. it was a really great place), and started to catch up on schoolwork.
whew! if ya made it through that post, sending a virtual hug your way! i guess that’s what happens when you don’t blog for a week, haha.
how was your weekend? favorite restaurant to eat at? as you can see, my idea of a good weekend always involves good food. pizza, froyo, and burgers are just some of the favorites!