- On Saturday morning, I went to some city wide garage sales with the kids and my mom. I haven't been to garage sales in a long time! I didn't have much luck on Saturday, other than a couple of pairs of jeans. I got a bunch of nice Under Armour sweatshirts for Noah to wear in the fall for $1 each, which was a great score. Eli found a Lego set (a 184-piece Batman set) for 50 cents (and it wound up having all the pieces included!) For 50 cents, it was definitely a risk worth taking.
- At one of the sales, I bought a new plastic pool for $5 for Joey. I'd been wanting to buy one for him, but they're too big to fit in my Jeep. We had my mom's car on Saturday, and we managed to fit the pool in the back. When we got home, the boys wanted to fill it up right away. Joey, being part lab that loves water, jumped in right away.
- Jerry went to a friend's birthday party on Saturday night, and the kids stayed at my parents' house, so I had the house to myself. I had been up since 3:30 in the morning (insomnia), so I just stayed in and watched a couple of Lifetime movies. It felt kind of good to do nothing, but I was feeling restless when it was finally time to go to bed.
- On Sunday morning, I really wanted to have a doughnut for breakfast and have a lazy morning with Jerry; but, I managed to avoid a doughnut and go out for a run instead. I'm really glad I did! I felt much more energetic when I was done with my run. I did five miles, and it was one of those runs that just felt really good the entire time. My pace ended up being 10:02/mile with a heart rate of 144 (goal is under 146), so I was very happy with that. I stopped seeing big improvements in my pace during heart rate training, so I wasn't sure if I hit a plateau or what. But I honestly don't mind--if my easy run pace stays at 10:00 or even 11:00 forever, I'm happy with that.
- It's really difficult to keep my heart rate from jumping when I run these days, because it's prime bird season. They get really territorial, and I'm terrified of them dive-bombing me. I haven't had any close encounters this year (yet), but each time I get to a spot where they've been mean or attacked me in the past, my heart rate spikes. I found that when I run with headphones, I'm less anxious, because I don't hear them squawking at me. I forgot my headphones the last couple of times I ran, though.
- We had a pretty relaxing day at home yesterday. I've been working really hard on a 5K plan that I want to post on my blog. It's an 80/20 plan to run a sub-30 5K (I've also included paces for sub-40, sub-35, and sub-25). It's actually been really fun to work on! I'll see how it goes over, and if people like it, maybe I'll write some more plans to share. I will get that one posted soon.
- I'm going to follow the plan that I just wrote and see how I like it. The hardest part was getting the 80/20 ratio to work out correctly. I am really happy with what I wrote, though, and it made me want to follow the schedule myself! haha. Mondays are rest days, so the first run of the plan is actually tomorrow.
- I wrote a couple of plans for Noah and Eli to follow this summer as well. I wrote a 10K schedule for Noah, so he'll be ready to run his first 10K in October; and I wrote a 5K schedule for Eli to be prepared to run a 5K race in August. He's never actually followed a training plan, and I want him to get used to it. Our cross country practices will start in mid-August, so he'll be ahead of the game when we start, which is nice!
- Today, Eli started with his plan, and he had 0.5 miles on his schedule. He asked me to run it with him, so we got up at 6:00 and headed out right away. If we run two blocks from our house (a big square) it's exactly half a mile, so that's what we did. It was nice! I wish *my* runs were only half a mile ;)
Okay, I've got to get the boys fed and ready for baseball. Busy night!