I did it again!

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It sucked – and I’m disappointed with my time – but I’m glad I tried.

My official time: 36:57. The first 5k I ever ran (last month)? 34:32.

Jon did his own thing this time and came in at 28:17.

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I’ve been having some gastrointestinal issues lately that I WHOLEHEARTEDLY attribute to my diet (that’s mostly been consisting of frozen Amy’s meals when not cooked for/fed by Jon). I decided that maybe I needed to take something to …. speed some processes up …. around 12 hours before this race (Friday night). And I ate a huge dinner.

(half of this)

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I woke up at 5am when it all hit me – needed to be out the door by 7. I ran back and forth to the bathroom a few times and then wound up with horrible nausea and spent half an hour sprawled out on the bathroom floor willing myself to barf and get it over with.

I did the race because I paid for it, planned on it and had been looking forward to it. I’m also feeling super rigid about this running thing since one small slip in the lazy direction could mean the end.

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So. Lesson learned.

I need to just leave my bodily processes to nature to work out – or not. Whatever.

I certainly don’t need to be screwing around with gastrointestinal meds 12 hours before running.

Overall, it was a great experience. I saw and talked to lots of friends and it was a beautiful morning and I had fun and I learned – yet again – that my body is just not going to play nice if I feed it BS.

(One day I’ll talk about how I finally worked up the nerve to leave my house in super tight clothes.)
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This has been a fantastic weekend.

After the race on Saturday morning, we hung out and then had some friends over for dinner since Jon has been itching to get his grill going.

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Yesterday (Sunday), we drove down to Chattanooga to spend a few hours with my mom and her husband since they were only an hour and a half away (vs. 6). They spent the weekend there sightseeing, so we tagged along for some of it.

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I wanted to try to recreate this picture since we were at Lookout Mountain/Rock City for the first time since it was taken in 2007:

Lookout Mountain

I remembered the spot, but not the pose. Close enough:

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We had fun wandering around.

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Ice cream was involved, of course.

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Lunch was, too, but I was still feeling a little barfy/rumbly – so I didn’t eat much.

This: quiche of the day (some sort of Mediterranean thing with Tzatziki on top) and hashbrown casserole balls. Bad choice.

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Fun day.

I had a 3 mi easy run (and Jon had 4) on the training schedule for today (Monday), so we went to the greenway to do it.

I don’t know that I can say that 3 consecutive miles is ever EASY for me, but the fact that I can string together 3 miles at a pace faster than walking is still totally amazing.

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We’ve spent the rest of the day hanging out together, watching tv, taking naps and smoking meat for the week.

It’s been nice.

Lunch (leftover chickpea salad from Saturday’s dinner made an appearance – still a summer staple around here):

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Snack (frozen blueberries, grapefruit juice, little bit of honey to curb my sugar cravings):

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Dinner:

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We both took tomorrow (Tuesday) off to extend the weekend and hang out together. I think some hiking is going to happen since the weekend travelers have probably left the mountains (meaning the traffic won’t make me want to kill myself). The running group meets tomorrow night, too – so we have that to look forward to.
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Life’s really good lately.

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