1. To start, this happened on Friday:
I received an email Friday afternoon informing me I was chosen to be an IDEA Inspired Blogger! I am SO excited! IDEA is a worldwide association for health, fitness and wellness professionals. As some of you know, I've been thinking about getting my personal training, group fitness, and/or health coaching certification for awhile now, and I'm excited to be a part of an organization that supports and fosters professionals in these fields. I also recognize a lot of other bloggers on this panel, so I know I'm in great company :)
2. Training and Taper Time! Only ONE week left until the Runner's World Half! Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Where did the time go? This is what my running has looked like the past few weeks:
Week 6 (9/22-9/28) - Two runs of 3-4 miles midweek - 13 mile long run (that felt really good!)
Week 7 (9/29-10/5) - Two runs of 3-4 miles midweek - 7 mile long run (that felt like death!)
Week 8 (10/6-10/12) - Two run of 4 miles midweek - 9 mile long run (that felt amazing!)
[Plus: Weightlifting, Bodypump, HIIT, Circuits, and/or Biking on non-running days]
A side note about that 7 mile long run in Week 7. I think I nearly died of heatstroke. Ugh, it was horrendous. It was the week we were having the 80-90 heat wave here and I felt shaky, clammy, nauseous and just really NOT good. I had 9-10 miles on the agenda for that week but I had to stop. I literally felt like I was going to pass out for at least the last mile. So this weekend I ran 9 which was a bit more than I would have wanted to do the weekend before the race, but I actually felt really, really good so I didn't want to stop.
This week is all about the TAPER people! I plan on doing 2 very short, easy runs and maybe a day of light weight lifting or biking. I also plan on drinking tons of water, coconut water, and Gatorade and EATING. ALL. THE. CARBS. Yippee!!! I can't wait til next weekend!
3. My sister ran her FIRST 5K this weekend!!! Look at her, isn't she the cutest thing ever?! She's Bib #3311:
This race was the culmination of her summer running program. I am so excited and so proud of her! I think she has caught the running bug now and I couldn't be happier :) I spoke to her yesterday afternoon to ask her all about it, and I could hear the sense of accomplishment in her voice. There is really nothing like running your first race. She finished with a great time and was already talking strategy for her next race. A new runner has been born my friends! Yet another convert to our side Hahahaha
4. And lastly just a public service announcement for you. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll see I posted this photo after coming home from the grocery store ravenous one evening. When I am hungry I pick up the most random things:
Broccoli souffle just sounded classy and appetizing to me. (What?!) Well, I just 'ate' this with my dinner tonight and it was no bueno my friends. I urge you in the name of all that is good, do not buy this. You have been warned.
How was your weekend? Anyone race Baltimore or Chicago this weekend? Or any other races?
Anyone racing Runner's World next weekend and want to meet up? Please say YES!
What was your latest grocery store fail purchase?!