It was a busy week and a half – let’s see if I can sum things up…
Thursday May 8th: I can’t remember what I did. I think I still wasn’t feeling 100% though. At least I remembered to order a bouquet for mom for Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 9th: I made it to Salsa class. It was okay, and it was nice to go out for a beer with Doug and Colleen and a couple of the other gals from class who were super sweet (Jennifer and Karen, I think?).
Saturday, May 10th: got groceries (including items so I could make guacamole) and then tried to go for a run. Lasted maybe 17 minutes and had to stop and walk home. Guess I was still getting over that cold. Was pretty frustrated by that. That evening I headed to Scott & Alison’s belated Cinquo do Mayo party, which was great. I barely had anything to drink and was feeling pretty mellow but I really enjoyed myself. Thanks for being such awesome hosts. It was nice to see everyone, but I’m glad I left when I did. Sleep felt awesome!!
Sunday, May 11th: I puttered around the apartment and Lisa F came over mid-afternoon. We wound up watching 27 Dresses and then went to get pad thai and then put in The Devil Wears Prada. It was nice to just hand out and watch a couple of chick flicks. I did some prep work on a design for a mural while we hung out.
Monday, May 12th: SUPER-busy day at work followed by a quiet evening in catching up with Keith. We watched the new episode of How I Met Your Mother at 9:30, but I actually thought it was one of their weaker ones.
Tuesday, May 13th: Keith and I had planned to go see SpeedRacer in the evening, but I wound up working ’till midnight. Did I mention things were crazy-busy at work?
Wednesday, May 14th: Caught up with my old co-worker Shannon at lunch. I’m so glad he’s so happy with his new job! I decided it was time to drag my butt off the couch and get up and get a run in – especially since I’d made plans to run a 10k race in Halifax on the weekend. I headed out to the Irving Nature Park and it was about 18 C out with a cool breeze from the NE. I ran the road and had an awesome run. Man, I love it there. After that, I wanted to work on the mock up for the mural but felt pretty nauseous, so I pretty much went to bed.
Thursday, May 15th: I decided to do a bit of research into why I was getting so nauseous after runs (for a few hours too)> I thought it may have been from dehydration but I’d been making a real effort to drink lots of water, but looks like it may have been from a lack of electrolytes. Had a great yoga class at lunch (taught by Jenna) that left my legs feeling like jelly for the rest of the day. That evening I was really feeling the pressure to get the mock up for the mural to a place where I wanted it, so that’s what I worked on. Keith came over and hung out and gamed a bit while I did that.
Friday, May 16th: Had a lunch meeting with the folks who want the mural. Guess they actually wanted a bit of a different take on it than I’d thought. Good to have a bit more clarity now. Back to the drawing board. After work, I stopped home to change & feed the cats, then went out to Sebastian’s to meeting up with Doug and Colleen. We had a bite to eat and then headed to our last Salsa class, which turned out to be a ton of fun. I was pretty burnt out by a full week so just went home after the class. My intention was to pack and tidy my apartment but I wound up just hitting the hay instead.
Saturday, May 17th: Hunter woke me up at 6:30 to feed him and I wound up staying up after that. I cleaned my apartment and packed and had about 10 minutes to spare before going to pick up Kristi and Anthony. We had a good drive to Halifax, despite the rain and chilly winds. After dropping out stuff off at my parent’s place, we headed into town to pick up our race packets. There were tons of folks about and tons of booths set up at the pickup area. The Running Room looked like it practically had their entire store there. With 8000 people running the Halifax Bluenose this year, it was a big event. We got our packets (awesome yellow technical shirts by the way!) and activated our chips and at that point, we all felt like we were pretty run-down and all had kinda scratchy throats. So we headed back to my parent’s place to chill. Oh – well first we stopped at Superstore to pick up a couple of things, and I treated myself to a PSP – aww yeah!! Dad made an awesome spaghetti dinner and we all stuffed ourselves, and then we wound up watching Casino Royale (which Kristi had never seen) (and I played with my new PSP) and then we hit the hay by 10 PM.
Sunday, May 18th: RACE DAY!! We were up at 6:30 and having breakfast at 7. Poor Anthony was feeling the effects of the new cold worse than anyone. At least Kristi and I were able to take some Advil Cold & Sinus. Once we had breakfast (awesome oatmeal thanks to dad) we all felt a lot more energized and felt at least somewhat ready for our runs. It was cool and there was a cold wind, but the sun came out and it was warming things up pretty quickly. We headed into Halifax and had just enough time to get situated before Anthony had to get lined up to start running the 1/2 marathon. Kristi and I had half an hour before our start, so we used that time to store my bag and do some stretching.
At 9:30, we were off, and we made a point of not pushing it too much at the start. We tried to treat it like we were going for an easy Sunday morning jog. I got about a kilometer in and realized that I’d forgotten to take my inhaler, but thankfully didn’t wind up needing it. There was a lot of weaving around folks. Actually most of the race was like that. I was glad for the sun at the start of the race, and the cool breeze once I got warmed up. The route was pretty hilly. It took us over the bridge into Dartmouth and up a long hill, into a little subdivision (no breeze though – ugh) and back across to Halifax. My parents came out and cheered us on at a spot by the Dartmouth Sportsplex/transit area. Kristi and I decided to walk up the bridge on our way back to Halifax, and that gave us the extra boost we needed for the last 2k, which were all a little uphill to the finish line. We even managed to punch it a bit at the very end – and we both came in at 1:09:10 with personal bests for a 10 km run! Yay!
We waited for Anthony to come in from his 1/2 marathon (he had a really tough run but still did very well) and then we headed back to my folks place to shower and put our running gear in the wash. After that, we ran into town (to MAC) and then back to my parents place to gather our things and go do an early supper at Swiss Chalet with my folks. Then it was back to Saint John. It felt good to get home and unpack and I was pretty awake, but could tell my body was tired. I stopped out to visit at Kizzy’s for a short bit before returning home to totally crash.
Monday, May 19th: Thank goodness it was a long weekend and I had the day off. I was up at a decent time and met Dan and Jay R and Keith for breakfast at Cora’s. I was feeling pretty stiff and sore and tuckered so I was thankful for a quiet day. Keith came over and hung out for a bit (as we both played games on our PSPs) and then he crashed while I headed out to the living room to continue to play Bully on the xbox360. Did I mention I was glad it was a quiet day? I didn’t want to do a darn thing. We caught the season finale to How I Met Your Mother which was very good, and then Keith headed to work and I hit the hay.