Sunday: woke up at 5 and started my usual pre-run routine. I think I finally found pre-run eats that works. I had an english muffin with peanut butter. Sunday was one of those days where I just ran for fun. I had a route in mind and I did take my Garmin but I didn't pay any attention to it. The route I ran was 6.67 miles with 2 decent hills and 1 smaller hill. My legs felt stong going up the hills and I was able to recover quickly on the flats. I finished the run in 53:58 (8:04 pace). Map and splits can be found here:Local 6+ miles.
Later in the day my parents and my brother, sister-in-law, and niece came over for a BBQ. I grilled up some juicy steaks, made some corn, baked some fries, my wife made a great crunchy salad (which I hope to share on this blog), and enjoyed fruit salad for dessert. Only thing missing was beer.
Monday: Late Sunday afternoon, my daughter was invited to sleep over at a friend's house Sunday night. My wife and I enjoyed some quiet time at home. I was a little bummed becuase had plans been made in advance I would have been able to run the Ridgewood 5k. I didn't register becuase my wife, who is a Registered Dietitian in a nursing home, had to work today, so I supposed to be on daddy duty all day. Since there was no race day registration, I couldn't participate.
Instead, I woke up late (6:30, instead of my usual 5:00). My plan was to run a shorter route so I didn't need to go through all of my pre-run rituals. I did eat 2 Fig Newtons and drank some water. I left the house just before 7:30. Again, I took the Garmin but did not pay attention to it. I decided to push a little harder today since I was running shorter and a flatter route. I ran 4.42 miles in 34:10 (7:44 pace). Map and splits can be found here: Memorial Day 4.4.
We enjoyed another BBQ with friends. The host cooked up some chicken, burgers, hot dogs, there were also assorted salads, and brownies for dessert. Again the only thing missing was beer.
I love these long weekends. No big plans, just quality time with family and friends. Tomorrow is back to the grind.