So far, it’s been the best Monday ever. I planned on writing the recap post at the airport this morning, but a rush hour in Charlotte is funny. I made it to the airport thirty minutes early, which wasn’t enough time to break out the laptop, and don’t get me started on airplane wifi.
I’m writing from the hotel room in Sarasota! I’m here with Tropicana on a press trip, but I’ll blog all about that later. I have about an hour before dinner, so I’m trying to sneak in my recap before then!
I hope you are all having a FANTASTIC Monday!
I didn’t sleep too well last night. I thought I was going to have the best sleep ever because I ran nine miles on Sunday, didn’t stop running errands until 7 pm, and played with the dogs until late. I was so cozy in bed, fell asleep so fast, but was wide awake at 3 am. I dealt with some awful cramps last night (endo doesn’t play games), and they were enough to keep me awake. Once I’m up, it’s hard to shut off my brain, so the coffee hour was arriving early.
I pulled myself together by 7:00 am and took off for the airport.
Luckily there were no issues with the flight. The plane was right on time in both cities. I was so excited to land and be back in Florida.
Now, I’m relaxing in my hotel room and ready to blog about my week! We had vitamin c facials today that were out of this world. I can’t wait to blog all about it, but for now, let’s just start with last Tuesday!
Remember when I wrote about my awful run last Saturday? Well, this three-mile run was the first workout since. I just needed to test the knees. I’ve been trying to take it easy. Luckily, this was a good run and a boost of confidence. Even though it was only three miles, I felt really good about it. I was desperate for anything positive after the atrocious long run.
I finished all of my work and met up with Becca for coffee later in the afternoon. We decided to try Hex Coffee out in Southend. It’s a new spot, and they have pretty decent coffee. I loved how pretty it was 🙂 I regretted not asking for an extra shot of espresso.
After coffee, I headed to the mall to pick up some outfits for my trip. I didn’t feel like busting out the summer clothes yet.
I didn’t get around to cooking anything fancy this week. I made a mistake by walking around the mall for three hours on an empty stomach. I was so hungry that I bought a ton of food at Fresh Market on the way home because I didn’t feel like cooking. I had mac and cheese (no shame), fresh fruit, chicken, vegetable salad, and mixed nuts on my drive home. This is what happens when you skip lunch. NO GOOD.
Becca was taking a staycation, so we headed to the gym early Thursday morning and then had lunch at Burtons.
I had their superfood salad. It came with spinach, quinoa, tomatoes, goat cheese, cranberries, and mustard vinaigrette on the side.
I ended the day with Kombucha! I am so obsessed with Gingerade now.
Friday morning breakfast: turkey sausage, cinnamon waffle with butter and syrup, and two eggs over easy!
I hit the jackpot while shopping on Friday morning. I got everything in the photo above for $125! It was all on sale at the outlets. I bought two pairs of running capris at Asics and five pairs of shorts and four tank tops at Nike!
I headed out to my parent’s house to let the dogs run on Friday afternoon. I like to drink coffee and write from their back patio. I feel sorry when I blog at home, and the dogs are stuck inside on a beautiful day. I’m such a sucker for those two!
I always have to be careful with my coffee around Leo. He LOVES the stuff.
I’m still hooked on my Greek salads…
This Greek salad recipe can be found here!
I woke up super early on Saturday morning so Grumples and I could walk for a couple of miles. I also wanted to get things done around my place before my afternoon race. I had a banana protein shake with my coffee and then headed upstairs to organize my closet and hang up some photos in my bedroom. I’ve been doing more and more each day to pull my place together.
Kyle is going to help me put the office together next weekend and I’m so excited!
Every year, I run the Fort Mill Running Five race. I wasn’t going to do it this year because I was still hung up on that crappy Saturday run. I wanted to rest my knee and stay off of it, but this was going to be my mom’s first 5k, and I couldn’t let her do it alone. I wanted to be there to support her.
The event has always been early Saturday morning, but they changed it to a 4 pm race this year. I’m not a huge fan of afternoon races. I like to run it early morning and have the rest of the to myself.
I decided just to run it for fun and not worry about any pace. Sprinting or running too hard could potentially put too much stress on my knee. I didn’t want to risk it before my half marathon. I’ve been training for almost seven months, and I’d be crushed if I were to get injured over a 5k. I know it’s only three miles, but running it too fast is too risky, especially since I had Achilles tendonitis and runner’s knee.
Training for this half has put my body through a lot of stress. My body is going through a transition that I’m trying to accept. When I finish this half, I’m spending two weeks in Hawaii, and I don’t plan on running one mile. I’m ready for the break. I’ve talked with a couple of runners who have experienced the same changes and body stress during training, and its good to know that I’m not alone.
What kind of changes? Well, I’ve been running three times a week, going to the gym twice a week, walking every day, eating extremely healthy, chugging more water than a fish, and I’ve put on 7lbs in the past month. I know my body is defending against all the training and some of it is new muscle. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, training for a half will not help with weight loss. I just have to keep pushing forward and accept the changes as I grow stronger as a runner. I can’t let myself obsess over it.
I am going to be writing a post about running and weight gain because it’s not always a bad thing.
The route changed this year, and there were more hills on the back trails. I just kept a comfortable pace and had fun. I had a nine-mile run planned for Sunday, and I still had to save energy for that.
Kyle snapped me the entire race and the videos were hilarious. It’s one of those situations where you think you look like a superhero when you’re running, but in reality, you look like a little puppy playing fetch.
Crossing that finish line without one ounce of knee pain made me happier than finishing the race.
Here comes my mom! I was SO damn proud of her for finishing her first race. I’ve never seen her so happy before.
I had some tea and water to cool down after running.
Orange cream popsicle from King of Pops!
My mom placed third in her age group! I placed third the first time I ran three years ago. I placed first last year and this year. The funny thing is that I learned that I was the only one in my age group lol, so guess I placed last too?
I placed 12th out of 77 for the females and 47th out of 180 for the entire race. Not too bad!
I loved having my biggest fan there to support me. He made me smile every time I passed him. The butterflies made me run faster.
We had dinner at Red Bowl to celebrate my mom’s first race! I ordered the chicken lettuce wraps and a house ginger salad. Whenever I order lettuce wraps, I always have them put the sauce on the side; otherwise, I swell up like crazy from all the sodium. That bowl of sauce had over 8000mg sodium. That is terrifying.
I had to start Sunday early. There was so much to do!
I made coffee, had a waffle, two eggs, and a banana for breakfast.
I met up with Meighan at eleven for our long run.
I had half of the protein plus bar thirty minutes before our run and saved the other half for after my run. I also stored ice water in my car for after the run!
We ran the beautiful neighborhoods of Charlotte. I took photos of our route so you could how pretty it was. The weather was PERFECT for a long run.
As soon as we started out, I knew right away this was going to be a good run.
We had no expectations for our run, and we even said we’d stop at six miles if we weren’t feeling it. I think having no expectations is what worked. We didn’t try to race the clock; we just had a nice easy paced run.
Move over, squirrel!
I just guessed when it came to directions. It always made me feel better when we landed on a familiar path. It would not have been fun to finish the run miles away from the car. That would have been one of the thirstiest walks back!
We ran a quick loop around Freedom Park and then made our way down the Sugar Creek Greenway.
The 70 degree breezy and overcast day was ideal.
There wasn’t one time during the run where I felt like stopping, where I felt lightheaded or had any discouraging thoughts pass through my mind. This run gave me the confidence I had been searching for all week. I think not worrying about pace and learning how to run slow is the key. My body has a comfortable pace, and if I push it during a long run, it doesn’t respond well. We hit a lot of hills on this run, but they weren’t anywhere near the hills we ran last week during the long run. This run felt amazing!
If you don’t follow me on Snapchat, my username is @taralynnmcnitt 🙂
I finished all of the to-dos on my list after our run, and I finally had time to relax.
Sunday night! 🙂 I’ll blog about the Weekly Tasting this week.
I made eggs for dinner, green tea, and fell right asleep.
Questions for you!
- I’ve always been curious. If you are a regular recap post reader, what brings you back?
- What struggles do you face with fitness?