Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
I’m here with my weekly recap as usual, linking up with Jess from Jess Runs ATL. Details below. Join us!
(I am also linking up with HoHo Runs/Mississippi Piddlin, who host similar link-ups to Jess and mine. Check them out!)
This week, I started ramping up a bit for the Three Bridges Marathon in Little Rock (December 15). Here’s how training went:
Monday: Rest from running. [solidcore] class after work.
Tuesday: Tempo! 2 mile warm-up, 3 miles at 7:30, 2 mile cool-down. I did this in the morning with my friend Betsy, who is much faster than me, but she paced me for the tempo miles and it really helped! She pushed me enough that my 3rd mile was my fastest (7:25). Thanks Betsy!
I squeezed in a barre class at The Barre after work.
Wednesday: 8 easy miles (9:07 min/mile) in the morning. That evening, I had a goodbye dinner for work…more on that below.
Thursday: Total rest…unplanned. I was supposed to run 6 miles but I slept in, and then I had a goodbye happy hour after work…I rarely miss scheduled runs and it makes me feel so guilty…even though I know it’s not that big of a deal.
Friday: 400m repeats! 2 mile warm-up, 8x400m with 2 minute recovery, 2 mile cool-down. 7.75 miles at an 8:07 min/mile pace. I felt really good on this run!
Friday was my official last day of work, so I ended up leaving around 2:30 pm so I was able to do this run with Tilda in daylight! She was a muddy mess afterward though and it was so cute- we got home and she followed me upstairs to the shower and went right in. She knew she needed to get rinsed off! I love that dog…
Later that evening, we went to 44th and France to pick up our “Discovery Box” of wine and brought her along. The store is dog-friendly and always has wine/beer/whiskey tastings going on on Fridays- and lots of dogs in attendance 🙂
Saturday: 16 mile long run with the Calhoun Beach Running Club. It was windy, but SUNNY so it felt better than expected. 16 miles at a 9 min/mile pace.
That evening, we went out with my friend Peri, first Black Sheep for dinner, then Dalton & Wade for a drink, followed by Gori Gori Peku above Kado no Mise. <– Highly recommend, very cool vibe!
Sunday: Matilda and I ran to my friend Lindsey’s house (about a mile away); she had planned to only go 4-5, but we were already at almost 5 miles for me when we remembered to turn around.
I ended up with 9.5 miles! I was only scheduled to do 8, but I suppose it wasn’t a big deal to have a little extra since I missed a run this week.
Summary: 49 miles of running, 1 barre class, 1 solidcore class
This was a weird week as it was my last week of work at my current job, at a company where I worked for thirteen years! Granted, that company went through several acquisitions and I had various different roles throughout my time there, but still, thirteen years is a long time.
I don’t talk much about my ‘real job’ on here, (unless it’s because it takes me to Singapore or India.) I wasn’t looking to leave, but a great opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up.
I have next week off before I start, which is located downtown Minneapolis. I am planning to take the bus to work, which I am really looking forward to! I like the idea of reading on the way in, not having to drive (especially in the snow), no gas, no car maintenance- I think it will be great!
I am sure there will be super cold days where I regret taking the bus, but I’m going to at least give it a try. I hope to still be able to run in the morning- just have to get ready a bit faster. I hope it works out. I’m nervous and excited for the change. Wish me luck!
Congrats on a great week!!! Leaving a company/job is usually so bittersweet. With my commute, I usually can get in my workouts in the morning but have to get ready super fast. I’ve gotten it down to 30 minutes from finishing my stretching to walking out the door. A key is only washing my hair 2x a week, and prepping all my clothes and food the night before. You could probably eat breakfast and put your makeup on while on the bus too, in order to save time!
Apparently it’s frowned upon to eat on the bus! But I might do the makeup thing 🙂 Where I catch it, it’s pretty empty so I think doing my makeup on the ride would be doable.
So do you not wash your hair even if you work out? Do you just blow dry the sweat then?
Yep, blow dry plus dry shampoo!!!
Interesting…I will have to work towards that. I’m currently a shampoo every day girl which I know is awful…
Congratulations on the new position!! Of course, now that I’m no longer downtown, you would get a job there. Wishing you the greatest success! I loved working downtown – all the shopping options were great, and the dining varieties and opportunities to meet friends for lunch were great as well.
I took the bus downtown for a number of years. It worked great until my hours got so unpredictable that I couldn’t make the last bus reliably. And now that I’m commuting to Bloomington, I wish the bus was an option!
So you must have a new gig! Congrats! Where are you working?
I’m all amped up to take the bus, especially because Dustin actually works in the SAME building where I will be but he goes in REALLY early (and is done much earlier) so I can’t ride with him, but I also can’t justify two people driving two cars to the same building every day. I figure if I have a doctor’s appt or something where I need to leave, I can just take his car, haha!
Congrats on your new job! It can definitely be hard to start a new job but I’m super excited for you!
I’m nervous to make ‘all new friends’ and navigate a new company, but excited for the change!
Reading your weekly posts makes me miss marathon training SO much. Looks like a fun week but I am sure a bit sad to leave your job. Enjoy your week off!
Thanks Beth! I feel like this week off will fly by with the holidays…I’ll probably wish I had a few extra days as a break!
Your dog following you into the shower is beyond cute! My dog avoids the entire bathroom at all costs. He hates baths…and he’s a lab. Go figure! Congrats on the new job! I’ve been at my current place for almost 12 years. If I ever leave, it will be so weird to go someplace new. But also very exciting!
Our dog Matilda doesn’t like to swim, but for some reason she doesn’t mind the shower. She’s very tolerant of getting bathed. Just fine with me!
Congrats again on the new job! When I last lived in MN (seems like forever ago now!) I rode the bus from SLP to the far side of downtown and loved it – got so much reading in and you could even listen to podcasts super easily too!
Will this new job have you traveling the world too?
That’s awesome Alli! It seems that the bus will take longer than driving, but stress free and like you said, I can do all kinds of reading and podcast listening 🙂
Congrats on the new job and a good week of training! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you!
Ooh how exciting to have a new job! Wishing you all the very best x
Thank you Allison!
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