I've been waking up super early again, and it bugs me. I wake up at around 5:00, even though there is no reason for me to get up before 7:00. This morning I watched the Discovery ID channel for an hour and a half until the kids woke up.
Today, I just had a six-mile easy run on the schedule, and I definitely planned to take it easy today. I pushed myself hard yesterday, and I want to be feeling great for Sunday, so I didn't want to push myself at all today. It was really humid again, but not as bad as yesterday.
I ran a six-mile out-and-back route. My body was definitely feeling tired today.
I have another easy 6-miler tomorrow, and then my final 16-miler on Sunday. I will be SO happy to get done with Sunday's run! Then it's just a countdown to the marathon.
Speaking of which, I got my Discover card statement today, and was in for a big surprise. My balance was NEGATIVE $465.58. I was really confused for a minute, until I realized what had happened. Back in February(?), when Andrea and I decided to run the Chicago Marathon, we booked our hotel rooms. We had to prepay for the rooms, which I paid with my Discover. Then last week, I canceled my room (since our plans changed). So the hotel credited the money to my Discover card (which had been paid off already).
You know what that means?! I used that credit on my account to pre-order the Garmin 620! I used the link on DC Rainmaker's blog, which gave me 10% off and free shipping (plus, I think he gets a commission). So the total was $405 instead of $450. It all worked out too perfectly for me not to get it!
This afternoon, Jerry and I had nothing to do while the kids were in school, so we went to the mall. I got one of the Victoria's Secret coupons for free panties (and Jerry was a little too eager for me to go get them, haha) so we cashed in my coupon. We saw some people in the parking lot with ice cream from Dairy Queen, and I really wanted one! But I knew I didn't have the PointsPlus for it today. Jerry wanted one too, and he said he wouldn't get one because of me; but I told him to go ahead. Ice cream is probably my biggest weakness, and I didn't cave. Jerry got an Oreo Blizzard.
He took two bites, and said, "This is gross. It doesn't taste like I remember at ALL." I told him if he didn't like it, he should just throw it away rather than waste 15 PointsPlus on it. And he did! He threw it away, and said he's lost the desire to ever have DQ again ;) I was proud of both of us--me, for not getting anything; and Jerry, for not eating it just because he'd bought it.
We went into Target, because our phones (land line phones) finally kicked the bucket. We got them in 2003, and they just quit working, so we needed new ones. I know most people don't use land lines anymore, but I like to have it if the kids should have to call 911 or something. Not surprisingly, they didn't have a whole lot to choose from!
There is a Starbucks inside of the Target, and I had the idea to try a Pumpkin Spice Latte. So many people rave about it, and I'd never tried it before (the closest Starbucks is 40 minutes away, and we never go there). I didn't want to order one for myself, but Jerry said he'd get one, and I could taste it. WOW, was it ever good! Now I see what all the fuss is about.
I had to stop at the running store to see if they had any margarita-flavored ShotBloks. I like the margarita ones not only for the taste, but because they have extra sodium. But I have a hard time finding them anywhere! The running store didn't have them either, but I did see these:
Salted Caramel flavored Gu! I haven't had Gu since last October, during the marathon (my stomach was really bothering me after my third one, and I just haven't wanted any since). This flavor has extra sodium, which is what I wanted in the ShotBloks, so I ended up buying some to try. I'm going to try them out on Sunday, during my 16-miler. I'm sure I can find the margarita flavored ShotBloks at the expo if needed.
Eli had asked me this morning if I could bring Estelle to the bus stop with me when I picked them up after school. So, I took out the cat leash that I got from Purina ONE, and gave it a try. I put it on Estelle, and at first, she just completely froze--wouldn't move a muscle. Once I put her in the grass, she started exploring, and she didn't seem to mind it at all.
She explored for about 20 minutes, and then I carried her with me to the bus stop. As soon as we left our yard, she tensed up, but I could tell she was so curious about everything! When the kids got off the bus, Eli was really excited to "walk" Estelle home. Walking a cat is nothing like walking a dog! It took about 10 minutes to walk 40 yards, and that was with us shooing her along through the grass.
We were planning to take the kids to the high school football game tonight, but we're supposed to have thunderstorms all evening. Bummer! They've never been to a football game, and I think they'd enjoy it.