This weekend was one of those ones that caused me to make that corny joke to coworkers during the typical Monday morning chitchat: "It was great, but I need a whole other weekend to recover from it!". Hardy har har.
Saturday morning started out bright and early. I was in the car by 5:30 am, headed downtown. I had a group run at 7:30. The group was planning on 14 miles, and I was aiming for 20, so I wanted to get an early start. I was feeling good right from the beginning, so I decided to bump it up to 22 miles.
Running at the harbor during the sunrise helped with that good feeling.
I finished 7.5 miles before meeting my buddies, and then we completed another 15 together. For them to reach 15, I ended up getting to 22.59, so the only logical solution was to run circles in the parking lot until I reached 23 miles for the day. This was the first long run of this training cycle that I truly enjoyed. The miles on my own flew by, and then I was having so much fun chatting with my friends that I barely even noticed we were running.
I rushed home, hit the showers, and then Eric and I hopped in the car for a three hour drive to Williamsport, PA, to visit my Grandmother. My sister and her boyfriend met us there (they live about three hours away in the opposite direction).
We spent the afternoon and evening hanging out with her in the nursing home, and even taught her to use an iphone.
7:30 in a nursing home is equivalent to 1:45 am in a bar. I got lucky and all four of us instantly agreed on my favorite dinner location of all time - Wegmans salad bar. Conveniently located next door to the luxurious Hampton Inn, where we were staying.
I always get the same sub for dinner, but dessert presented more of a challenge. Wegmans makes GIGANTIC whoopie pies that I am always eyeing during my shopping. Somewhere in my nearly four hours of running I decided a whoopie pie would be my "I just ran 23 miles so I can eat whatever I want" treat. However, they are made by hand, so the amount of frosting varies. I had to perform extensive frosting analysis to ensure that I found the one with the maximum amount.
|If you know me, you know this picture was not staged.|
We feasted in the hotel room while watching all the Jimmy Kimmel skits where he has parents trick their children.
|I think I chose a winner.|
In the morning, I did an hour on the elliptical and some free weights in the hotel gym with my buddies Zack, Kelly, and Mr. Belding. I also made friends with an elderly woman who came in to walk on the treadmill in her pajamas and slipper socks (no shoes).
We spent a few more hours at the nursing home with Gram before heading home. We got back a little before five, which gave us just enough time to throw the bags down and get some food ready before our friends arrived for our Super Bowl "party" (just 7 of us, but enough food for 50).
|This was just the snacks - there was also pizza and homemade wings.|
|Casi made everyone their own crab pretzel - genius.|
|Carolyn's team neutral cupcakes.|
This was totally the first time I'd seen it. My friend Kristin and I didn't find it online last week and then spend the weekend obsessively texting trying to analyze this scene.
|I have problems|
Do you prefer to go to parties or to host parties? I love hosting parties, and I love hosting gatherings with a few friends like this one even more. No driving, being down the hall from your own bed, being the boss, hosting is the best.
HG fans - Have you seen the new preview? What's going on with Cinna? Is the Mockingjay pin a secret in the movie?