I’m fairly certain I’m allergic to Mondays. To be fair, it’s mornings in general. I’ve NEVER been a morning person. My eyes are typically at half-mast and I struggle with getting out of bed and jumping right into getting ready for the day. I like some time to sit around and adjust to the concept of being up for the day. If I were wise, I would get up earlier in order to appease this slow wake up, but I laugh in the face of this concept.
Anyway, I had a decent work out week last week considering my irritated stomach. I managed 25 miles. While it fell short of my 37.5 mile goal, I’m taking the win. Saturday, I ventured out for my first set of miles in the wilderness (a.k.a. my urban-esque neighborhood). I was a bit nervous, I felt it was going to be UGLY.
It was the first nice weekend we’ve seen all winter. The students who live in the neighborhoods around me were enjoying it and I should have gone earlier to avoid the masses. It did make me run faster though. I did 5.5 miles. There was some walking, especially up “fitness hill”. For the uninitiated, “fitness hill” is right at the start of my route and I know I’m gaining fitness/endurance when I can run up the whole thing. I’ll get there.
I was pleased with the outcome and was able to run a lot more than I anticipated. With the extra walking I did that day, I scored 8 miles for the day – yay! These are the most miles I’ve covered in a while, outside of the many miles in New Orleans. It helped to brighten my overall outlook on this whole running deal. While the treadmill is very handy and I am grateful to have one, I perform much better outside. I forget about this though and set out with the mindset that it will be just as difficult as it is inside. So, it’s always pleasant to experience some better-than-expected-miles.
In other non-related news, some co-workers headed down to the Vera Bradley outlet sale and I put my order in for the “Weekender”. It’s an airline-legal carry on and I’ve been looking for something for my upcoming travels. Check out my new (and half off!) treasure:
P.S. these hastily taken pictures don’t do it justice – even my chubby-bunny of cat could fit in this puppy with room to spare.
I also high tailed it to Amazon with my schmancy birthday gift card (thanks sister!) and purchased a memory foam mattress topper. I didn’t go overboard with regards to price, and I read enough reviews to turn my eyes blurry. I also chose a plant-based one as they are reported to keep you cooler and smell less chemically. It’s also 2 inches thick in case anyone was wondering. When I was in New Orleans, the bed had a memory foam topper and it was one of the best nights of sleep I’ve had in
Since then, I realize just how hard it is for me to get/stay comfortable while (sort of) sleeping. Who knows, maybe this won’t help at all but maybe I will feel so well-rested that I will turn into a morning person after all!