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My Blur of a Weekend (so far!)

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I don’t even know where to begin. The last two days have been a complete and utter blur. In a good way! I have so many things to share I don’t even know where to start! Let me go in sequential order. It’s the only way I’ll be able to remember everything.

So let’s start with Saturday morning. I had my last long run before my first 1/2 marathon next weekend. Let me tell you, last week I ran 9 miles and I was on top of the world. I was in the right mindset. It was fun, easy even. Well the 10 totally kicked my A$$! Seriously I thought I was going to die. See that big dip on the 8 miles mark?

10 mile run
Run tracked and chart taken from the Nike+

yeah… that was me stopping at a subway and begging for a glass of water. I just needed a break and I knew if I ran the last 2 without a bit of hydration I was going to be in trouble. So I stopped, took a break and had some water. It refreshed me for a bit but I have to say that last mile was HORRIBLE. It just would NOT end!

After the run I came home and relaxed a bit. Hung out with the husband and toddler. We worked on the yard (well the the husband did, I just sorta watched lol) and spruced up our driveway with sidewalk chalk while reviewing letters and numbers with the toddler. I love play/learning time. ;~P

For dinner on such a beautiful saturday, I went for a family favorite, Beer Can Chicken. Not to pat myself on the back or anything but it came out PERFECT! The husband pretty much ate the whole thing minus the breast and thigh the toddler and I split. We paired it with a baked sweet potato and corn on the cob. It was a great summer meal!

After dinner we took the toddler to a small town carnival and he had a blast! We all did. Ridin’ rides, playing games, tasting each others snow cones, who can ask for anything more?

Local carnival ride

Once we got home and the toddler hit the hay, we were all about relaxing. I made a margarita and watched The Wrestler with the husband. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

Unbelievably, today was more of the same.

Today started with yet another run. This time meeting up with Kath and Matt, Carrie and Jimmy with baby Charley, Abby & Aylssa for a 5 mile run around the Inber Harbor!

Kath was headed out on a cruise from Baltimore and it was great to catch up with her again. We kept a great pace and it was fun running in a group for a change.

5 mile run
Run tracked and chart taken from the Nike+

Again I came home and relaxed a bit before preparing for the week. I had a fabulous brunch with the husband, making eggs and bacon (for him) with whole wheat English muffins and toast. Then I tried to take a nap but the toddler wasn’t having it. It’s official he’s out of the napping age. DAMN IT! :)

So we hung out and made an early dinner on the grill. I invented a fabulous new turkey burger and I can’t wait to make it again measuring and snapping photos for GreenLiteBites. After dinner the husband snuck in a game of golf and I took the toddler the park meeting up with Carrie and family again. We walked to a creek and just hung out with the little ones. It was nice.

Now? Well now I’m beat. Really. And unbelievably tomorrow promises to be just as crazy fun! The toddlers sports class, a day at a local pool and a meeting with our real estate agent.

Until tomorrow.. ‘Night!

Food Units
started the day with a 5 mile run
orange after the run #tep
awesome breakfast after my run whole wheat english muffin w/ ff cream cheese & jelly & 1 egg + egg white omelet w/ peppers and onion #tep
just made a quick friend bulgar! i’ll post the recipe later… it was yummy!
handful of granola
new creation (must makes these again so i can share with you) honey mustard turkey burger, hot dog and beans on the grill
a *little* too much chocolate mint ice cream
laughing cow on some whole wheat ritz with a but of turkey pepperoni
Total: N/A

Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.

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There are 22 comments so far.


    May 24, 2009

    Wow! What a busy weekend… The burgers sound good! :)


    May 25, 2009

    Looks like you had a busy and fun weekend! :) Thanks for the updates, etc.!


    May 25, 2009

    Roni, your weekend sounded fantastic…full of activity, friends and good food! I have been reading your blog for at least a year now and love it! I can relate to alot of your posts and I too have shed a tear over your videos and letters. However I just wanted to drop a note to say I ran my first half marathon today….my training schedule was very similar to yours just a week ahead. So a quick tip, instead of drinking water at the water stations…grab the gatorade. I am NOT into sports drinks but I was not having a good run (very, very hilly course) and the gatorade made a huge difference. Good luck and I look forward to your post race post!


    May 25, 2009

    Thanks for the tip! I was thinking the SAME thing… I’m normally a water girl but Gatorade may be necessary for the long ones!

    Congrats on the 1/2!!!

    Monica Shaw

    May 25, 2009

    Good job on the runs… even if that long one almost beat you. They say it’s those long runs where we really learn who we are as a runner. Whatever that means. Smart move stopping at the subway… water is important!

    That grill sounds good… I love veggie hot dogs. ;-)

    My Regular Voice

    May 25, 2009

    Saw that Carrie sent you pictures via twitter, had to see what Carrie and Charley were up to, which lead me to your blog. That picture of Charley and the toddler holding hands is SO adorable!!
    Looks like you guys all had a good weekend!! :)

    -One of Carrie’s blog friends


    May 25, 2009

    Now that’s a fun weekend! Great weather and the outdoors is always a winning combination.


    May 25, 2009

    Hi Roni,

    I just came across your blog. Nice website. I enjoyed reading the content and the posts. The turkey burgers sounds yummy, would like to try these one day. Good work and good continuity.


    May 25, 2009

    It looks like you filled every minute of this weekend with fun! Way to go. Congrats on finishing that 10 miler. I can’t even fathom…YET! My 5K’s are becoming easier, but now I’m trying to pick up the pace. Hope you have a terrific week.


    May 25, 2009

    I ABSOLUTELY love that pic of you and Ryan walking away from the camera, that is SO cute!!!

    Do you use gels/gummies when you run? Sorry, I know that might sound like a stupid question – but just thought I’d put it out there. :) I usually pop them around mile 6 on my longer runs, and since I’ve started doing that, it made all the difference in the world. Can’t wait to hear how you kicked this half marathon’s butt :)


    May 25, 2009

    When my son turned 3 and dropped naps, we turned naptime into quiet time. The rules were that he had to stay in his room and keep it quiet, but could do whatever he wanted. He is 5 1/2 and he still has quiet time every day from 1-3pm. He loves it, I love it, it works. Just an idea! (He did have a hard staying in his room at first so I helped him “remember” by putting a baby gate as his door. I held firm to the rule of staying in his room and it was successful!)

    Also…do you realize that you still averaged 10, 10 minute miles with your run even after taking a break? Running a 10 minute mile is hard, even for some seasoned runners, but running TEN of them in a row is UNREAL. No wonder you bonked out….you were going hard girl! Pace yourself! : )


    May 25, 2009

    Awww, what fun! =) I love little fairs like that…reminds me of warm summer evenings.


    May 25, 2009

    Just a rule of thumb, if you’re going to be running more than an hour, you should plan some kind of re-fueling, either gels or sports drinks. I personally use Cytomax powder mixin in my water bottle and drink about 4 oz every 15 minutes or so from the start of my long runs to keep a steady stream of calories. If I’m going much over 2 hours then I add some shot bloks too at about 90 minutes in. That’s just what works best for me after quite a bit of experimenting.

    But at my first half marathon last year I took the gatorade at every aid station and the gel they offered at 7 miles and that worked OK too. I think you’ll find the longer runs much easier if you don’t try to do it with water only. Also, as we head into warmer weather, the loss of electrolytes is more of an issue for the long runs.


    May 25, 2009

    Hey Roni!

    When I was training for my half marathon, I had a TERRIBLE 10 mile final training run as well! I was super deflated and downright worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish. But I did! So don’t let this worry you. You can and will do it! Good luck – I can’t wait to hear!



    May 26, 2009

    what a great weekend!! Don’t worry about the naps. BigBoy still fights me but on busy days we just cuddle and he crashes! After a long strike, we are back to occasional naps when really needed. yahoo!



    May 26, 2009

    It’s nice to see lots of mother/son pictures for a change! Looks like you had someone take all the pictures of you and the boy that you would take, if you could take pictures of yourself! And you might want to try the room time approach now that naptimes are usually out. My oldest stays in his room for about an hour to play, listen to books on cd, and just daydream. He’s not allowed to come out, so that part takes some training, but it’s a good time for him to wind down and have fun, too.


    May 26, 2009

    Congrats on the long runs. Question. How are the knees holding up with two long runs in a row?


    May 26, 2009

    I was wondering, dont you take a rest day between runs,especially runs as long as that? Everything I read has said that its is required to avoid injuries?

    Love the last pic


    May 26, 2009

    Michelle – Since the 10 mile race and cutting back on my mid week runs they haven’t been bothering me. Just a tinge here and there but I think the reduction in overall mileage helped a bunch!


    May 26, 2009

    sraikh – This weekend was an exception, I normally only run 3 day a week. 1 long run on the weekend and 2 shorter runs mid week.

    Some days you have good runs, and some days you have bad ones. I know I certainly do. I second the suggestion of drinking the sports drinks provided at the water stations. Have you looked into getting a hydration belt as well? I never leave home without my water!!


    June 2, 2009

    Just now catching up! It was wonderful to run with you again! Hope we can run some more at BlogHer :)