Unplanned rest days are the best days.

I woke up on Tuesday with every intention of going to the gym on Wednesday, but my legs didn’t share the same sentiment.  After working out 5 days in a row, my body was like “Whoa, hold up.”  They weren’t sore, but they were tight and tired and….blah.

I decided to come home and make dinner and spend time with my neglected foam roller and holy moly that thing works.  I went through the Runner’s World how-to videos and rolled out my legs and back….I kind of feel like a new person.

It’s a gentle reminder that listening to your body is super important.  As a larger runner with flat feet, I know I’m prone to injury.  Thankfully I’ve found the right shoes (Asics Kayanos are beautiful, beautiful things) and I heed the gentle reminders before they become loud notices from my body to my brain.

So the rest of the night involves a little more foam rolling and a lot of rest….and a couple hundred viewings of this….

Weekly Workouts #1

I should have probably done this post on Monday, but Wednesday is cool too, right?
Monday: Fly 60 class with my AM workout buddies Maggie and Anne –> DONE!

Tuesday: Unite…Austin’s classes are killer but in a really good way.

Wednesday: Unite

Thursday: AM run (hopefully!)

Friday: Yoga (I have the day off of work for a wedding, but I have time to sneak in a quick yoga class before!)

Saturday: off

Sunday: Rock and Roll Half!  (I’m hoping for 2:25…fingers and toes and legs and arms crossed.)

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27 things about being in your late 20s.

I don’t know how I missed this, but a few months ago ThoughtCatalog.com published a post called “27 Things You Must Say Goodbye To At 27.”  Apparently the writer is a very old 27, because this advice is kind of crappy.  Either that, or she’s still in college and is imposing her life plan (HAHA…life plans) on the rest of us.  As someone who has made it to the ripe old age of 28, I’m here to impart some counter wisdom…

  1. Everything bagels with full-fat cream cheese are sometimes the only way your hangover is going to go away, and since you’re now 27 and working, you can’t just NOT go to the office. And maybe at 27 you’re eating the full-fat cream cheese because you’ve finally started reading ingredient lists instead of just the words on the pretty packaging.  Chemical free is the way to be, homies.
  2. If you can still celebrate your birthday for a week when you’re 27, good for you. It means that enough people love you that you can’t just have one celebration.
  3. If you have the time and money to take a vacation “just because,” go for it. Good for you.  You work hard, so play hard.  Yes, you will be spending a lot of money on weddings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squirrel away some money to hike to Macchu Picchu or see the Eiffel Tower.
  4. I personally love babies and I’ve never ignored them. If babies aren’t your thing, they’re not your thing.  Don’t be a meanie, but don’t be a meanie because you’re a good person, not because you’re 27.
  5. DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING. And lay in bed until 3pm if you need to.  I’m assuming since you’re not an idiot, you didn’t do it the day before a huge meeting at work so you’re allowed to.  Enjoy it.  Don’t forget the bagel.
  6. Shop at Forever21 if you want, just don’t expect the clothes to last forever. And definitely shop there if you’re looking for a top to wear to the bar.  You know some 21 year old is going to spill her 17th vodka cran on you and this way, you can throw the shirt out instead of crying over spilled liquor.
  7. See #6.
  8. You should quit shopping at Urban, but because of this .
  9. Hopefully at 27 you’ve adopted your own style and if it calls for hair accessories, it calls for hair accessories. Do you.
  10. I wasn’t aware that you gave up comfortable footwear at 27, but I am rocking my Rainbows until I have to be in orthotic sneakers.
  11. Go to law school, go to med school, go to clown school. You’re 27, not dead.  Keep dreaming.
  12. If your only social events are weddings, you are doing more things wrong than buying white dresses. Buy a white dress and rock it proudly.
  13. Personally, I’ve given up midnight movie showings but that’s only because Harry Potter is no more. I’m not going to judge the Hunger Games people out there.
  14. See number 11. Why does this chick think 27 = death?
  15. Get a hobby and work it around your day drinking. I run marathons…and I day drink.  I’ve gotten it down to a science.
  16. This isn’t because you’re 27, it’s because you’re a classy broad.
  17. This lady is an idiot. Harry Styles <3.
  18. Be dependable because you’re a good friend, which you were at 7, 17, 27 and you’ll be long after 30.
  19. People who love each other don’t always agree. Don’t throw a tantrum, though.
  20. I’ll stop watching MTV when CT stops being so damn good looking.
  21. A fresh wound is a fresh wound. You should probably forgive your 7th grade boyfriend for passing a note to your old best friend Sarah, but other than that…
  22. Why wasn’t this girl doing this long before 27?
  23. There’s a difference between a theme party and a slutty party…while I probably wouldn’t go to a “golf pros and secretary hoes” thing, I’m always down for a fun “wiggin out” 30th.
  24. It took her until number 24 to come up with a valid point.
  25. See number 24.
  26. There are things that are ok to post on Facebook and there are things that are not ok to post on Facebook. Use your judgment, but don’t deny your mother a visual update on your life.
  27. Make it your hobby if you want, but this is for your forever health, not because you’re suddenly SO old at 27.

As my friend Jess pointed out, there aren’t many life rules to follow at 27 except for these…

Be a good person, be a good friend, don’t be an idiot, and be yourself.

MAHJAH News.

So, I’ve been going to Unite faithfully and adding in some Flywheel classes as well as running outside, PLUS I went to yoga on Friday.  I’m basically Superwoman.

Looks like these things are the ingredients for success because I had a big day on Sunday at the Heroes Run 5K in Fairmount Park…

I BROKE 30 FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN A 5K!

 

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I AM so excited. I’m not scared at all.

Imagine what I could do if I wasn’t hungover…did I forget to mention that part?  Luckily, my running buddy on Sunday was out with me on Saturday night…we were in the same boat.  While my PR is probably the slowest she’s ever run, she was a great sport about it. :)

I decided to do the Rock and Roll Philly on Sunday because 1. Kara Goucher will be there and 2. my friend is unable to run so I get a free bib.  I wonder if all this speed in the 5K will translate into a half marathon….we shall see!

I’ll be sticking with my regularly scheduled Flywheel, Unite, and yoga workouts this week and hopefully I’ll be all ready on Sunday!  Let’s do this!

Thankful Things Thursday!

1. I’m thankful that I can sit outside at lunch.

Love Park

I can’t wait until the fountain is on again!

I enjoyed the sunshine even though my hair part is now pink.  My dermatologist will hate me.  Also, I still get amazed that I get to live in a place where tourists come to visit.

2. I’m thankful that I go to run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler last weekend!

 

Cherry Blossom

Excellent medal! Well done, race organizers.

Yup, I paid for the medal.  And I’m glad I did because it’s so pretty.  We had amazing weather and I loved seeing DC from a running point of view.  Also, I am so thankful that my friends Emma and Chris let me stay there and they made me delicious meals.  Food is the way to my heart. And that my BFF Mary and her husband were able to come run it too!

3. I’m thankful that I got to see the dinosaurs.

Dino

We had to make a pit stop between the race finish and brunch to clean up a little and use a non-portable toilet.  We could have gone to Starbucks, but there are no dinosaurs at Starbucks.  Natural History Museum for the win, people.  Seriously.  Best idea Mary has ever had besides becoming my friend in Kindergarten.  Apparently the dinosaur exhibit is closing until 2019 for renovations, so we were extra happy to see them.

4. I am thankful for leftovers.

Leftovers

I’m not even going to explain this one because it’s obvious.

Thankful Things Thursday

I am totally stealing this from the running blogger that got me into blogging, Miss Ali, the coolest chick around.  It’s kind of in honor of her awesome week.  If you don’t stalk follow Ali like I do, you should start.  She’s awesome.

1. The first day of spring and the springlike temps that accompanied it.  – I woke up this morning with my 5am “Are you going to run or sleep?” alarm, saw it was above 40º and hightailed it out the door like a bat out of hell.  I smiled and waved at every man, woman, child, and dog that was anywhere near me and most of them smiled back.  The Philly thaw has begun, people!

2. This is directly linked to #1….NEW RUNNING SNEAKERS!  I mentioned before that Running Warehouse had my beloved Asics Kayanos on super sale and they came in really quickly (another plus!).  I couldn’t wait to take them for their first spin this morning.  I also got to wear my hot pink pants which are now reserved for working out in the dark because of an unfortunate incident that sounds like “amp swass.”

New Sneakers

I have never noticed how skinny my ankles are in comparison to my massive man calves. At least I am cankle-free?

3. Iced coffee beverages. I love them.  I can’t get enough of them.  I’m going to be able to keep my Starbucks Gold Card status for another year due to my purchases of iced coffee alone.

Iced Coffee

You didn’t believe me when I said I was excited, did you? Now you know I speak the truth.

4. Flywheel.  I wrote about this magical land awhile ago, and I’m finally treating myself to another class.  Happy hour for the fitness crowd.  Lindsay is gonna be so jealous.

5. Fortune Cookies.  I ordered Chinese last night and my fortune was written by Captain Obvious. Tell me something I don’t know, Fortune Cookie Man.

Fortune

I’m heading to Unite later for my first two-a-day in a very, very long while.  Keep your fingers crossed that my legs don’t declare mutiny and walk away on their own.

To workout? Or not to workout?

We’re on day 5 of a cold here, and let me tell you…it’s NOT attractive.  I am probably the least attractive sick person ever.

I felt ok on Monday, so I pushed through a class at Unite.  I rowed instead of ran (I’ve been doing this a lot lately anyway, but I felt like it would be easier on me) and my weights definitely weren’t great.  Tuesday morning rolled around and I felt absolutely miserable.  After some hemming and hawing, I decided to cancel on my favorite night of the week….Anne Marie’s Tuesday awesomeness.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle the ass-kicking that she puts us through.  I went home, curled up, and went to bed at 9:30.  And I felt a little guilty.

Is that normal to feel guilty for not going to the gym when you’re sick?  And how do you know if you should workout or stay home?

I can’t wait to tackle the gym extra hard tomorrow…I’m feeling a million times better AND my new running sneakers came in.  Watch out, world….shit is gettin REAL.

PS – Why didn’t I do this?