Well, I guess the title says it all! I ran 12 miles this morning for my marathon training and it kicked off an awesome Sensational Sunday where I prepped for the week and spente time with the family.
This morning I left these two engrossed in a video game and headed out for a 12-mile adventure.
My GPS and running apps on the phone have been failing me lately — it’s a long story. So before I run I now create a route on MapMyRun so I know the total distance I’m going to cover before I leave.
This morning I scoped out a long 12-mile loop from the house that would take me past my gym. This way I knew I had a least one water stop along the way. I also ended up popping into a Subway and the workers were so nice giving me a courtesy cup for water.
I’d much rather depend on businesses (I run in pretty populated areas usually) for water than carry my own. I can’t stand the overhead.
Anyway, the run was FANTASTIC! I really thought it was going to be challenging in a bad way, but it was challenging in a good way! I felt great for the first 9 miles slowing down a bit for the last 3 because of a little knee discomfort. Every time I start to increase my distance I get “runners knee,” which usually kicks in around mile 8. I was actually able to control it this run by changing my gait slightly and I had a lot less discomfort than I expected.
I was able to maintain about a 10:30 mile finishing 12 miles in 2 hours and 6 minutes. Not bad! I have no desire to be much faster than that.
When I got home I made my favorite Beet Smoothie with Pineapple and Blueberries and the boys helped me make some blueberry mint water, our favorite — click here to see my favorite flavored water combinations.
I then proceeded to make a huge mess while cooking a big egg-bacon brunch for everyone.
Then the 3-Year-Old and I did a puzzle while the 9-Year-Old and The Husband played Madden.
Afterwards The Boys and I snuck in a game of Jenga
— a family favorite.
Once it toppled I sent the 9-Year-Old to start his laundry. A few minutes later he yells from downstairs, “Mom, you’ve got to see this!”
Irish the Cat decided to nest on Dad’s whites. The 9-Year-Old found this hysterical.
The rest of the morning I devoted to prepping for the week.
I made another experimental sweet potato-egg casserole with some ham and spinach.
While it baked I whipped up a batch of my homemade Sunbutter.
I make it for the 3-Year-Old who loves PB&J but his pre-K is nut free. Sunflower seed is a fabulous substitute and to be honest, I’m starting to like it more than peanut butter. Especially because I can make it myself.
My casserole came out great!
I separated it into 4 servings and packed it up for quick breakfast options all week.
With my food prep done I really wanted to take a shower but I got roped into some train table play.
I do love me some trains and track design. :)
I finally made it into the shower and when I got out I saw this…
They were playing a game with Daddy where he’d throw up a ball and the kids would tackle for it. Whoever threw it down got a point.
’cause, you know, everything needs to be competitive.
They had a blast!
We decided to pack everyone up and head to Target. The 9-Year-Old had his allowance burning a hole in his pocket.
Once we got home I made burgers and broccoli, a family favorite, and we watched Scooby.
Notice my avocado slices. I’ve been skipping the cheese and and adding a couple of thin slices to my burgers recently. My new favorite combo is pickle, avocado and sriracha. SO good!
We cleaned up, The Husband took the 3-Year-Old to bath and The 9-Year-Old folded his laundry while being hypnotized by the TV.
It was a great day!! Everything a Sensational Sunday should be. I feel so ready to tackle the week.
Hope you had a great weekend. I’m off to fold my laundry and then head to bed early. I’ve been doing a little better in the sleep department and it’s been making a difference.