Friday, March 20, 2009

Another Friday Down

I've been having a pretty busy week. Between that and a 24-hour stomach bug, I haven't exactly been on top of getting some posts up. My Google Reader? Over 300. I usually pride myself on getting it all read several times a week, but it just hasn't happened this time.

I had a GLORIOUS run on Tuesday afternoon. We reached the mid-60's again, so I headed to the park for the first time since before my injury happened in December. I knew that my plan called to run for 30 minutes, but I really felt ready to try to increase my mileage to 3.5 miles. I took off and felt great. The breeze was absolutely perfect, and tons of people were out running and walking on the path.

I got to 1.75 miles in a little over 15 minutes and was pretty surprised since that meant I was running about a 9-minute mile. I hadn't been running that on the treadmill, but I suppose it just goes to show that treadmill running is way different (and less motivating) than running outside. I tried to keep my pace consistent as I turned to head back to my car. I hit it almost spot on when I finished all 3.5 miles in 30:51. I was ecstatic!! I didn't feel like I could have run much more, but I knew it was good to throw in that extra half-mile and find that I could handle it. Hopefully I'll be up to 4 miles soon!

I went out with a couple of girls that evening for St. Patrick's Day. It was fun, but we kept it simple with an Irish beer and some good food before heading home. We did all have to be up early for work after all.

Wednesday afternoon I started feeling kind of weird so I didn't do any kind of workout. By that evening, I was sick to my stomach and hugging my toilet.

Fortunately, it was short lived. I was able to sleep by about 2am and I seriously stayed in bed like ALL day yesterday. I went in to work for about 2 hours to get a few things done, but then I was back home and asleep again.

I feel great today, so I'm not really sure what that whole mess was all about. I've got a weekend full of gorgeous weather ahead of me, so I'm hoping to work in another run. One of these weeks it's going to work out for me to increase to running 3 days a week!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. It appears I've got some hiking on the agenda with a relatively new friend (is it just me or is it not almost as exciting to make a new g'friend as it is to start dating someone new?) and I'm hoping to do a little spring cleaning around the house. I actually cleaned it top to bottom last week, but now it's time to start trying to organize some stuff that's gotten tossed in drawers and boxes. It always feels good to get organized!


aron said...

my reader was out of control too... thankfully the boss has been gone for the past 2 days and i have gotten caught up! yay :)

yayyyy for the run!! sounds like it was a great one :)

i love meeting new girlfriends!

Niki said...

Great job on the run! I'm glad yu are feeling better:)

*One Step at a Time* said...

Yay! Congrats on your speedy run! I'm sure there are many more to come. Happy weekend :)

Love to Run said...

I am so glad to hear you are running better and better. Awesome run at the park! Can't wait to hear about yoru next run.

Christine said...

Great job on the run!!! Keep it up! Sometimes I find I can run faster on the treadmill..go figure!

Sharneysrun said...

Yay Melanie! So glad to hear that your running is progressing so nicely! You are doing so well and are so fast, too! I'm so happy to see that you have come back so strong.

Have fun on the hike :-) I agree that making new friends is exciting!

Sharneysrun said...

P.S. Glad you're feeling better!

Amanda said...

Yuck on the stomach bug. I hope you had a great weekend.

Nicole said...

I <3 meeting new girlfriends!!

My google reader hasnt been as out of control as it was when i was on vacation but i know the feeling! :)

Great job with the run... sounds like you rocked it!!!