This week I showcased my Churchill’s half marathon race shirts. The weather was decent this week and (surprisingly!) I’m still running outside in the mornings. We’ll see how long that continues. This is usually the time I take it indoors to my treadmill. 26.5 miles of running this week, which includes the race!
Two more pictures from our one day camping trip to Pokagon on Sunday. I’m sure all of the beautiful fall leaves have probably blown off the trees there by now!
Mon – 4 miles, 2-3 at HMP. This was a bit of slog but I got it done! Today’s race shirt was from 2012. They had a clean design, but the logo hadn’t been created yet. The shirt was just unisex, so a bit baggy. This year the race was still held in the spring! It used to be in March and was a tune up race for the Glass City Marathon. Although the weather is a bit iffy here in Ohio in March, it always seemed to be a good weekend when Churchill’s happened!
Tues – 4 miles. This was supposed to be an “easy run” but I felt like kicking it up a little. Still not as speedy as I hoped for, but a bit better feeling than yesterday. Oddly, different routes but it ended up being the same exact distance each day (4.11 miles) and almost the same avg pace!! Odd things happen in the dark mornings I guess! This shirt was from the year Churchill’s was held in the spring, and then changed to the fall. Therefore it was the 46.5th race!
Also, it was time to say goodbye to our foster kittens. They really improved during their visit. We almost didn’t get this pair because they were all greasy and recovering from an upper respiratory infection, and I didn’t want our cats to have issues. But it all turned out just fine and they are a spunky pair. Hopefully they will be adopted right away, and go to the same home!
Weds – Rest day! Today was a great day because I was feeling caught up at work, I took a lunch hour, I only worked a little overtime, and I got to take a walk while it was still light outside after work! That is a great feeling! AND…. oh hey, we got more foster kittens again!! This is the motherload of cuties. Five 5 week olds. OMG. One is super shy and will need a lot of attention to get acclimated, but the others are spunky buddies. Love them!!
Thurs – 3.5 miles. A nice run around the neighborhood again. This is the shirt from my first Churchill’s half 10 years ago! Back when “women’s cut” wasn’t a thing in race shirts around here. My shirt is baggy and a bit big, but it works. It was 50 degrees out!
We switched gears and got to see Zach perform in concert band tonight (instead of marching band). It’s been 19 months since their last concert!
Fri – 1.5 miles. Testing out my race outfit (well, most of it as you will see!). Spent more of the day relaxing in my race shirt from last year. 2020 was different, and our shirts were also. This short sleeve cotton shirt is one of my favorites though. So comfy! I also kicked off the Starbucks holiday drink season with a caramel brulee frappuccinio. Starbucks Visa cardholders get 2 free drinks every weekend. You’ll be seeing a lot of Starbucks in my hands!!
Sat – 13.2 Race day!! Overall it was a great race day. The weather looked very questionable when we woke up and I had no interest in running. Windy, dark, cold, with little rain drops (snow?) flying around. Luckily, everything was much better in the daylight and we stayed dry. The temps were in the 30s and I even ended up take off my gloves. My outfit was a hot mess though. Somehow I never tested out my tights with my water belt and I spent the entire race tugging at it trying to keep it in place. And, at the last minute I decided to wear a short sleeve shirt under my quarter zip. The short sleeve shirt spent the entire race trying to creep up to my chest. Ugh!!! But enough about my clothing fails….
The big event was that my daughter ran her first half marathon! And my husband was feeling Ok enough to tail her so he got to run near her (she didn’t want us to run with her!). I got to see her too because she passed me around mile 5. LOL! This was all pretty funny because she was adamant that I was going to be the first family member across the finish line. She finished in 1:52 (!!). Alan finished in 1:52 and I finished in 1:56. She had a good experience and said she would run another one! But not soon. 🙂 [no, we weren’t trying to match our outfits. She actually borrowed the top and headband from me!]
Sun – Cross training (aka, cleaning the house!). I am feeling really good and can still walk down stairs! I mention that because I was sore for 4 days after Columbus half! I’m going to the gym and might workout with my son. The possibilities are endless now that racing season is over!
For all of the cat lovers out there, here’s how my week is going… My cat wanted all the attention this week…
And the kittens were super interested in what I was doing with my laptop this morning!!
Stop back later this week for my race recap. It will answer the question “what is going on here?”. haha! And thanks for making it this far into this extra long post. Hope you enjoyed the pictures!