1) Well, I ran my second half marathon last weekend! It went better than I thought it would considering I injured myself the week before and my spring allergies were out of control the day before the race. Even though I was able to finish the race, I did not set a new PR. I finished in 2 hours and 18 minutes– three minutes over my Nike half marathon time. I was bummed I didn’t set a new PR, but I can’t be too upset considering the circumstances AND the fact that I didn’t train as well for this race as I did for Nike. This last race made me realize I need to start doing more long runs. I was good until about mile 9, then I just wanted to punch someone; those last four miles were hard and seemed to drag on forever! Once the race was over, I told myself I didn’t want to do another half marathon for a while, but then of course, signed up for another one a few days later. My third half marathon will be on June 7th here in Sac. Time to start doing more long runs!
2) I’ve been having some serious wanderlust these last few weeks. I’ve fully accepted the fact that we’re not going to Mexico for my 30th birthday because 1) Chris and I will most likely owe on our taxes and 2) Otis will most likely need surgery on his knee. (We’ve been giving him pain meds and joint supplements and only seen minimal improvement.) Now that we don’t have a big trip to plan, I want us to at least plan a small one BECAUSE OMG I’M TURNING 30 AND THAT CALLS FOR A VACATION. So I’m thinking maybe a trip to Big Sur/Carmel/Monterey during Memorial Day weekend. I’ve never been to Big Sur or Carmel really, and they’re all gorgeous, relaxing cities, so why not?
3) We had a wine contest at my restaurant job this last month and I won first place. My prize? An all expense paid wine tasting day trip with some of my coworkers! It’s next week and I can’t wait. I have not gone wine tasting in FOREVER. It’s seriously sad how long it’s been considering I only live about an hour from Napa Valley. Hopefully this trip will be super fun and encourage me to plan more wine tasting trips in the future.
4) Even though Otis still has a long way to go with his training, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how far he’s come in the last three months we’ve had him. When we first got him, he hated wearing his collar, he was difficult to walk on a leash, he was marking in our apartment, and he hated being in his kennel. Now, he doesn’t even notice his collar is on his neck anymore, he’s way easier to walk on a leash, he doesn’t mark anymore (thanks to him getting neutered), and he actually likes his kennel and will even go in there without us having to bribe him with treats! I am so proud of how much our little fur baby has grown these last three months, and I can’t wait to see how he’ll improve even more once he’s done with his obedience classes. Training a dog definitely takes a lot of time and patience, but once you start seeing the results, it’s all worth it.
5) This weekend, I’m taking a mini roadtrip to the Bay Area to see some friends and family. First, I’ll be stopping in Oakland on Saturday to spend some time with one of my close friends to celebrate her birthday, then I’ll head to San Jose to see my grandpa, my cousin, my brother, and my aunt and uncle. I even plan to stay the night in San Jose and come home on Sunday. I’m not looking forward to all the driving I’ll be doing, but I am looking forward to getting away for a little bit. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, so maybe a long drive will help clear it.
How was your week? What are your plans for the weekend?