How are you on this Monday morning? Not sure why, but I’m actually feeling oddly great for a Monday so I’m going to roll with it. Nothing beats starting the work week off on the right foot!
Julie and I woke up early and ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8K downtown Chicago.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we could not have asked for better weather! Hovering right around 50 degrees with blue skies and the sun shining, ya just can’t beat that!
Both of us were very satisfied with our results! I fully intended on using this 8k solely as a training run for the half marathon coming up in a little over a month (eeks!) and was not trying to hit any certain time, but yesterday marked a PR for me, so I was definitely a happy girl!
After the race, Julie and I took full advantage of our free beer ticket and enjoyed an ice cold beer at 10 am! We deserved it. 😉
You may have noticed the pink tape on my left leg. Julie had some knee pain about a week ago from running so she picked up KT Tape from the Shamrock Shuffle Expo. Basically, this tape is supposed to relieve pressure and increase circulation to speed up recovery from athletic injuries. Although, I do not have any injuries currently, I have had issues with my IT band in the past and since I haven’t been running outside too much lately, I applied some tape for prevention reasons. Who knows if it was because of the tape, but so far so good! I think I’ll invest in some as the weeks wind down before the half marathon. Can’t hurt!
I spent the rest of the afternoon getting things ready for the week.
Of course not before taking Mac to the dog park! Again, the weather was just too darn nice to go sit inside the house quite yet. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea as there were probably 30 dogs at one point! Mac was in doggie heaven. 😉
Immediately upon walking in the door, Mac bee-lined it straight to the couch for some serious nappage (<– totally a word!), while I headed for the kitchen to prep some food for the week and Dave golfed.
Can’t tell you how good it feels to have a fridge full of healthy foods to make packing breakfasts, lunches and snacks this week a breeze!
Later in the evening, Dave and I met my parents and brother out for dinner at Tap House Grill – 3rd time in 1 week!. My brother is in the Coast Guard living in Mississippi and he is home for a few weeks so it was nice to catch up!