A Gold Star Week.

Another week has come and gone, and it was just as busy as ever! Most of my week was spent in Kansas City last week for my company’s annual meeting.  Needless to say, this made for very long days and little sleep.  When I added the training on top of everything else, I was completely wiped out when I got home (and that is an understatement). 

The positive side of this was the fact that I actually did stick to the training plan during the week, managing to get a 4.5 mile run in, an hour bike ride and a 5.5 miler in while traveling.  This may not seem like that big of a deal, but for me it was.  I am not one who is able to drag herself out of bed to hit the gym at 6am.  I really don’t function well at that time of day, but I think the fact that I have a coach that is helping me train helped to keep me moving.  Even if I did just want to hit snooze and catch that extra hour of sleep each morning.  Gold star for me.

When I got back to Syracuse, there were a couple of surprises… First, a friend gave Rox a new collar.  It’s super cute, and is padded so I think it’s pretty comfy for her.  Doesn’t it look great?  (I think I should pursue this dog’s modeling career… she really likes getting her picture taken.)

Hey, I got a spiffy new collar!

Second, I received a hand written letter from my college roommate!  I was so excited to hear from her and I just love getting actual mail (not bills or flyers).  It’s really sad that we don’t exchange letters more often.  I was pretty excited to write her back so hopefully she will have the same excitement from getting a letter back.  This letter also had a bonus in the fact that V let me know that she’ll be in town in a couple of weeks – whoo hoo!  I’m looking forward to a delicious dinner or lunch to catch up with her!

Letters!

On Saturday, Rox’s bud Linc came to stay with us.  Linc’s parents were going on a get-away weekend and so the Linc-man came to chill at our house.  Linc and Rox are basically step sister and brother at this point.  Rox stays with Linc whenever I travel… which is a lot lately…

Linc brought his crate with him for the visit, and Rox made herself right at home.  Rox kept sneaking into the crate every chance she could.  Then she would growl at Linc as she tried to claim the territory.  Maybe it’s time for me to bring her crate back out since she seems to miss it.

A little disagreement over who’s crate this actually is…

Saturday afternoon I hit the road for my 10 miler training run.  Yes, 10 miles…. I know… Who am I? And who does this for fun?? 

Luckily it was nice and sunny out, however it was a bit windy in the neighborhood. I think the sun is really what got me through this run because my legs were dead tired and I couldn’t help but continuing to think that this training run is the equivalent of running the Mountain Goat.  And I hated that experience a few years ago.  I’m proud to say that while I would not classify the run as fun, I also wouldn’t say that I completely hated it like I would have in the past.

On Sunday, a few of us volunteered at the Syracuse Half Marathon – we held down the energy drink portion of Aid Station #4 in the race.  It was a little chilly, but fun to cheer on the runners and try to keep up as the masses passed us.

Holding down Aid Station 4 at Syracuse 13.1

We had volunteered at the event so that we could promote the Ragnar Relay Race series at the expo following the race.  It was great, the race director gave us a booth for promotion in exchange for volunteering during the race.  I think we did a pretty good job getting the word out – at least we handed out a large chunk of the 1000’s of info cards that Ragnar has sent along.  Hopefully a few people decide to participate in the Relay since it’s such an amazing and fun event!

Ragnar Ambassadors!

Finally, on Sunday I had a 1 hour 45 minute bike ride on the training plan.  It’s not quite warm enough to get outside on a bike so this meant I was stuck to my trainer.  (Dun, dun, dun…)  This was by far the most painful training session that I have had to endure.  And it was only painful due to the length of time I was stuck on the damn trainer, the actual workout really wasn’t that bad.  I’ve decided it takes a special person to actually enjoy the art of indoor long-ride training.  I had put a movie on to watch during the ride, but it really didn’t make any difference.  This session was boring.  No avoiding it.

Seriously? Again??

Ok, well if you’re still reading this,  I have one question: Why?!  (Just kidding, thanks for reading!)  I was (obviously) feeling a bit long-winded when I typed this, so in exchange, I’ll give you a gold star. Actually, I think I’m going to bring back the gold star system to my life.  Life was a lot better when I had gold stars in it.

What do you think?  Did you have the gold star system in elementary school?  Did you like the gold stars?  I pretty much like anything that’s shiny, so I think it would be a good addition to my life.

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