5:45 AM is way too effing early to get up on a Sunday. Just sayin’. But more about that in a minute.
Working retail – even part time – I’ve adapted myself to expect that weekends aren’t really weekends. Friday feels like Tuesday. Sunday feels like Thursday. The days are all over the place and crazy.
But that doesn’t mean that I can really get out of doing my long run on the weekend. Remember when I complained about Fitness Tetris? Well, it’s alive and well these days. Trying to squeeze in a long run during the week would screw up some other workout – so a weekend 18-miler it would be, even if that meant pairing a long run up with a long day of work.
I suppose it’s just as well that I was out the door at 6:15 AM today, given the heat. And the other benefit of weekend long runs? Having some company. I met up with a teammate for the middle part of my 18-miler and it made the whole thing go by so much more quickly.
Being a non-Garmin-person, I did my run based on time, and I went for a little over 2:40. At 9:00 pace, that would be 18 miles, so that’s what I’m calling it. My legs and feet were cursing it a little bit by the time I finished my 8+ hour work shift, but overall the whole thing went well. Hoping for minimal soreness tomorrow!
Today’s EAT: With a run to rival the length of a Peter Jackson movie and a full day of work craziness, dinner needed to be quick and simple. So I threw together this Red Curry with Beef:
Cheater confession: I used jarred Red Curry sauce from Trader Joe’s (awesome stuff, BTW). Into the wok went sweet potato, onion, garlic, red bell pepper and a bit of sriacha sauce along with the prefab TJ’s. Over brown rice, it was an easy, hearty and delicious dinner.
Today’s DRINK: I’m becoming sort of notorious around this house for finding ridiculous excuses to open a bottle of bubbles:
Really, I just love champagne/prosecco and don’t need a special occasion to enjoy it. Tonight I was like, well, I finished my long run? And I put away the laundry? And I brushed my hair? Let’s celebrate!
The awesome part is that TJ’s has such a great selection of cheap sparkling wine that my bubble addiction is easy on the budget. This bottle of Louise d’Estree Brut was under $10 and perfectly enjoyable.
Today’s RUN: Tacking on today’s 18-miler brought me to 44 total for the week. A little lower than I’d like, but not bad considering I took two days off!
Today’s QUESTION: Do you have a traditional work schedule – or do you end up working on the weekends?