Karen and I - Team Pay'n'Take
I am seriously bummed the weekend is already over!
I was having way too much fun!
I started celebrating my 32nd birthday on Thursday morning
with a 3,200 meter swim.
I know. Big deal.
I actually got out of the water way earlier than usual. Ha!
Good thing it's the off-season or I would've had to swim
32*200 or 3.2 miles or something crazy like that!
The bad news:
I didn't really invite any of my lane mates,
so I was having this party in the pool all by myself.
The good news:
I didn't care one bit. Still had a blast!
Yep. A lovely self-portrait.
After herding the boys out the door and a quick breakfast,
it was time to ride 32 miles with my training buddy Karen.
I coaxed Coach M into putting this ride on her plan
so Karen wouldn't have any excuse to bail on me.
M must've forgotten that it's my off-season
because the plan called for a bunch of 2 mile repeats.
It's Karen's plan - not mine - we are following these days.
Coach M: I figured you could hang!
So I tried...
The view wasn't half bad
and since I took the camera on the ride with me
I took many useless self-portraits.
Karen was busy focusing on her intervals,
so I had plenty of time to play around.
The ride was great!
Lovely views, great pace, perfect company!
What more could a girl ask for on her birthday?
Thursday night I was stressed out
because I hadn't packed a thing for our weekend trip.
I was supposed to go on another 32 mile ride with Jennifer
early Friday morning, and do a whole bunch of other stuff
until leaving town at noon.
I don't like stress. So I cancelled the ride.
Instead, I got up at 5 am, headed over to the Y,
and had another party by myself on the spin bike for 32 miles.
By the time it got light I was back home
having a nice birthday morning with the family.
I figured that there might be a slight chance
that I wasn't going to pull off 32 running miles on Saturday.
So I decided that 6 miles on Friday + 26 miles on Saturday
would still count for 32 birthday miles.
This was my party and I was in charge of the rules.
I like being in charge...
So I ran next to my kids on their bikes to school,
dropped them off, ran some more,
came back to volunteer at the Mustang Gallop, ran home.
6 miles. Done.
Time to pack up and hit the road.
6 painfully slow hours later we made it to our destination.
Colleen welcomed us with a house full of food
and fun friends! Lucky me!!!
Yep. That's my coach!
Have I mentioned that Coach HT was there?
You certainly wouldn't want to miss him!
Love that guy!
In case you are wondering:
He did indeed run the entire marathon in this very outfit!
And because this post is already getting rather long and I have a kids birthday party to plan and execute
in a couple of days, I am going to tell you about the marathon in my next post.
Best for last, right?
So stay tuned...