Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

Another weekend come and gone!

On Friday I had a fondue-style girls' night after work. Broth fondue, cheese fondue, chocolate fondue... it was decadent! I tried not to over-indulge, keeping in mind Project: Lean Mean Running Machine.

Saturday morning it was time for Long Run # 1: 17K/10.6mi. I slept in a little after a late night Friday and set out on my own along park trails to get it done. Along the way I stumbled along the parade route for our local Santa Claus parade taking place that day. They hadn't started yet, but I was able to peak at the floats as they got everyone organized. Other than that, it was pretty uneventful, but an absolutely beautiful morning. It's unheard of to be wearing short sleeves late into November around here, so I am enjoying every minute of it while I can.

Saturday afternoon/evening, we were off to the Toronto Gourmet Food & Wine Expo with Sarah and her hubby. It was indulgent. We had a great time, sampling various drinks and bites. Knowing I had a long run the following morning, I limited my wine tastings to two (plus a spritzer) and used most of my tickets on FOOD. Yum. :)

The next morning it was up and at 'em for Long Run # 2. This time, I had company. About 20 of us headed out together, most running a shortened route and a handful of us doing 28K/17mi. It was another gorgeous morning, especially once the sun peaked out from behind the clouds. The kilometres ticked by easily and once again I was surprised at how well I was able to handle the back-to-back. With about 6K to go, I even managed it pick it up significantly enough to bring my overall average pace down by 15 seconds/kilometre.

On Sunday evening I met up with some ladies from my running group for my first ever hot yoga class. (Thanks to Aneta for letting me know about this great local studio.) It was definitely a different experience and was it ever HOT in there. (That should be no surprise, I guess.) I definitely enjoyed it and I think it was the perfect activity to work the kinks out of sore, tired running legs. I feel fantastic this morning.

And that wraps up my weekend. How was yours?

Today we kick off the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge - start racking up those points!

30 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

So awesome that your body is cooperating with the long back to back runs! You'll be so ready for Goofy! Sounds like a yummy weekend! I enjoyed the hot yoga when I went too, even though the last 10 minutes I felt like I was overheating lol. I really should go back!

A Toronto girl out West said...

Your weekend sounds awesome!!! Unfortunately I was still coughing like a crazy person and the Fiance was working. So Daisy and I just laid low!

Morgan said...

I still think you & Irish Cream have lost your minds with this Goofy Challenge! LOL! Great job girl!!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Wow lady you are rockin.. Running with 20 people, WOW!! I still have no idea if I will like training with a group or not, but you seem to.

Hot Yoga...Hmmmm...Maybe it would help me finally get rid of this YUCK cold.

Now Fondue and Wine tasting...YUMMERS!

Hugs!

Short week for me, Thank the Good Lord!

shellyrm said...

Sounds like you had an amazing weekend!

Jealous of those long runs...esp the one with all that company! That must be great!

Denise said...

You're doing great with the back to back long runs. That's how I trained for the Ultra...it's such a huge commitment but you're doing great!!

I think I'm going to sign up for some yoga in the new year...I need something new to my routine.

HeidiTri's said...

Hey Marlene-
I linked in through the HBBC of Amanda's!And, it looks like she put us on a team together with a few other people!

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Nice job with the long runs. At this point, I can't imagine doing those distances. I'm impressed.
-Heidi

Laura said...

you are so going to be awesome at Disney. I am stocked for the HBBC!

Bethany + Ryan said...

sounds like your goofy training is going well! jan will be my 5th time doing the goofy and the best advice i can give you is DONT worry if your legs are sore when u wake up the morning of the marathon. i know, i know, how can your legs be sore after only running 13 miles..i dunno but it has happened to me ALL 4 years and everyone i talked to said their legs were sore too! i think its becuase of the warmer weather, running on concrete and back to back days of waking up at 3am. i dunno why it happens but it has every year. but just ignore it. you can run through it. the first time i did it i was FREAKING out but once i started running i was fine. Now i expect it so i jsut ignore it. its gonna be a blast! i can't wait!!! good luck with the rest of your training!!

Bethany + Ryan said...

or have u already done the goofy before?

Cindy said...

mmmm, i love fondue. i just got a little chocolate fondue set and am excited to use it. could end up licking the bowl haha. i guess broth fondue is like chinese hotpot? that's really fun to do!

Runner Leana said...

Congratulations on the back to backs, and for sticking with project lean mean, running machine throughout all that temptation!

Jess said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! I love fondue.

Meg Runs said...

What fun, a fondue party! I love hot yoga, I think it helps me as a runner because I start off so stiff but the heat is so relaxing. I wish I could do it more often!

N.D. said...

You are a rockstar! and it sounds like a great party and expo too!

Rio Runs said...

I've heard such great things about hot yoga. I've been a bit hesitant about it...I keep imagining myself passing out for some reason. Maybe I'll give it a try!

Jamie said...

Sounds like another fantastic weekend! Awesome job on the back to back long runs!

Mama said...

NIce job on the back to back runs! You are going to be kicking bootie in the HBBC with all the working out you are doing!

MCM Mama

The Happy Runner said...

What a fun weekend! LOVE fondue!

And, great runs. Wow.

livelaughloveandrun said...

I love your main pic.. it's perfect!!

joyRuN said...

Wow! Great job on the back-to-back long runs.

Mmmmm.... fondue is dangerous for me.

trialsoftraining said...

Ah, those double LRs are lookin' good!! Way to have a little self control with the wine/food tickets ;)

Isn't the Hot Yoga awesome?! Is there a difference between "Hot" vs "bikram"? either way, I'm feelin it today! haha, good stuff

Heather said...

Nice job on those runs! You deserved those treats (and the wine). :)

Frayed Laces said...

That fondue sounds awesome! Way to treat yourself!

EndorphinBuzz said...

It's awesome you can finish so strong. It's proof your training is going well.

My weekend was spent finding tasks to do around the house and procrastinating instead of running. I finally got around to running on Monday!

J said...

Way to go once again on the two long runs for the weekend! You definitely jammed a lot into two days! I am so excited for the HBBC!!

RunToTheFinish said...

ok you've got me inspired to get out there and do a good run!!

Sounds like the wine festival was a lot of fun

aron said...

awesome job on the running this weekend!!! watch out goofy :)

macnic said...

Great weekend! Gah, I should read your blog every day and I think I'd get some motivation back. You are a machine!

lindsay said...

glad the goofy double-longs are going well! :)

my weekend was not as lovely... had to work sunday so it was super short! :( but, now it's nice and long for thanksgiving to make up for that i guess.