Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thankful Thursday [on iced coffee, motivation, and running]

Whoop, whoop.  Today is my Friday. Because tomorrow I'll be running the Ragnar Chicago relay race with my coworkers!  Eek! I'm a mix of excited and nervous.  Not nervous about the running part, per say, but more about the being stuck in a van for an extended period of time with smelly coworkers.  I'll be tweeting about the event using #RagnarChi (p.s. You can follow me here on Twitter!)

After a few weeks of absence, Thankful Thursday is making a return.

I'm thankful for long weekends. The weekend before last was Memorial Day and I went back to Iowa to spend time with the family and hang out with my friends.  The weekend was filled with that as well as bike rides, runs, and other shenanigans.  This weekend will mostly be spend running, but hopefully Sunday will be filled with productivity.

 2 am shenanigans included Kristin throwing a whole deck of cards

And is it just me, or do 3-day weekends go faster than regular weekends?  How does this happen?

I'm thankful for iced coffee.  I can guarantee you that I will be consuming at least 1 Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee this weekend.  Now that the weather is warmer these have been hitting the spot.  I'm becoming slightly obsessed, shall we say.  It isn't helping that I keep getting coupons in the mail for $1 Large Iced Coffees or that they have a $1 any sized Iced Coffee or Iced Tea Happy Hour from 3-6 pm everyday (your welcome for that info!).  Just the afternoon pick up I need.

I'm thankful for my motivation this week.  After really, really struggling to get in training sessions for the half Ironman last week, this week has been going 1000x better.  I'm officially done with the build phase and am starting in with more speed training while maintaining training volume.  The long workouts are still eating up my time though and, unfortunately, my apartment cleaning is taking the brunt of it.  It is embarrassingly messy and dirty.  Good thing I don't have any visitors coming or a mad cleaning rush would ensue.

I'm thankful for National Running Day!  I hope you didn't miss it because it was yesterday- 6/6/2012!  I celebrated with 3x800s sandwiched between a 1.5 mile warm-up and a 1 mile cool down.  I run because it's a stress-reliever!

Did you celebrate National Running Day?  What are you thankful for this week?

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