Bits and Pieces of My "Pink" Week!!!
The evening before, I prepared for Saturday's activities! On the right were my new running shoes. . .along with my water bottle, socks, GPS watch, and pouch to hold car keys and ID. I was meeting my running group at a local trail at 5:30 a.m. !!!
On the left. . .my OLD running shoes to wear at the outdoor antique show and flea market I'd be going to AFTER I ran!! My socks and water were also ready. . .along with my shopping bag (not pictured)!
Of course, that PINK phone went with me both places.
Here I am (in the middle, yellow shirt) with most of the ladies in our running group!! We'd just finished run/walking SIX MILES!!! This was the longest distance for me! We are training for a half marathon in October, so we've been meeting weekly to do our long runs together.
Right now, we alternate running 3 minutes and walking 2 minutes. . .until we hit our goal distance for that day.
It's really been hard for me to adjust to run/walking instead of totally running a distance. I've been running for three years now. . .and have done a ton of 5K races (3.1miles long). Running that distance is something that isn't too hard (most of the time :) However, when we decided to go a 1/2 marathon distance (13.1 miles)...we all agreed we'd take the run/walk approach.
At first, I kinda thought that wouldn't be too hard, HOWEVER, as we've increased our mileage, I've changed my tune!! It IS hard to do. Maybe it's just harder because we're no Spring Chickens! Well, one is pretty young (later forties), but the remainder of us range from one in her late 50s and the rest in our mid-sixties. None of us have been running all that long.
Anyway. . .tomorrow morning, our distance goal is 7 miles, at 3 min. running and 2 minutes walking. Soon.....we crank it up to 3 and 1....with our goal by race day of alternating 4 min. running and 1 min. walking the 13.1 miles! Right now. . .that feels daunting, but I know, with the support of this group, we can DO IT!!
As soon as we'd reached our running distance, I returned home, showered, dressed, grabbed my shopping bag and met my buddy Bonnie at the BINGHAM-WAGGONER ANTIQUE SHOW!
Before we shop. . .we EAT a great breakfast of biscuits and gravy!!! Gotta have strength for hauling all of our treasures out to our cars!!
The sale is set up on the grounds of the beautiful Bingham-Waggoner Mansion.
Besides shopping, visiting with friends and vendors is my favorite thing to do!! Here is my buddy Kathy. . .a creative artist and a fun-packed friend!!!
She and I have done a couple of 5Ks together, too! Kathy is a walker (at this point), but I keep putting pressure on her to start running a little. :) We are signed up to walk the Susan G.Komen Race for the Cure August 11th. It will be hard for me to just walk, but I know I'll enjoy it. . .Kathy is a very FAST walker and she's funny!! :) We're both walking in support of our friends and family who have had breast cancer.
Most Sundays, after church, we meet up with another couple and have brunch at a local FIRST WATCH. My husband is well known among the servers as "the one" who requests a waffle with a "blueberry in every hole". Seriously.
While I'm rolling my eyes as those words come out of his mouth, most of the servers are used to it and just write that instruction on the order sheet. . . .and a few minutes later, they serve it up just like he ordered! Of course, he pointed out that they missed a couple of holes this time, but that he would "let that go". :)
We love going to FIRST WATCH. The service is always excellent and the food is tastey and pretty healthy! If you click on the link, you can see their menu. They include nutritional information, too!
I loved this book so much that I s l o w l y read the last one-hundred pages. I just didn't want it to end!!! On Monday, I had 10 pages left. . .so I read them before I met my buddies for our Monday Morning Breakfast Group.
I was told World Without End follows that book. . .and one of the Breakfast Group ladies said she had it. . .so I was thrilled and looking forward to reading it!! However, later she emailed me that she couldn't find it. . .so I just HAVE to go get a copy of it because those characters are still spinning around in my mind!!
Oh, and on Monday, look what was back in our grocery store!!!! Sadly, NO PINK cuppy cakes, yet! I'm hoping they will bring them back as well. . .or at least put PINK frosting on those lucious "donettes"!!! :)
I spent a long time dealing with banking stuff that wasn't picture appropriate :), but while I was out and about, I did stop in a new shop on The Independence Square called "The Ugly Glass Company". It's a wonderful place filled with artsy creations!! I highly recommend you visiting them if you are in town!!
I got to attend a play at The New Theater Restaurant!! I hadn't been there in years! I totally enjoyed the food and the BUDDY production!!!
Thursday morning at 6:00 a.m., I met a running buddy at the local Bass Pro Trail for a training run of 44 minutes. . . with our intervals of run walking cranked up to 3 min. running and 1 min. walking!!
It's such a beautiful place to exercise. The fog was just lifting as we arrived and started our "warm up"walk!
It's hard not to be enthusiastic about being in the "great outdoors" when so many gorgeous sights are there to encourage you along the way. . .like these beautiful PINK cone-flowers. . .
and this little cheering crowd!! :)
THE STONE RABBIT and Twiggy really enjoyed me telling them all about the BUDDY HOLLY play I attended. In fact, they were so interested in the story of his life and his signature glasses that they BEGGED me to find some Buddy-like specs for them.
Sadly, I could only locate orange ones, but they were still pretty happy with them!! :)
I hope you have a great PINK Saturday and I also hope you'll be on the lookout for the "PINKS" in your weeks. Pink is an attitude!!
Thanks to our wonderful hostess Beverly, of HOW SWEET THE SOUND, for keeping our Pinkies up and running each week! Please visit her blog to see the huge group of other bloggers who are ready to share their PINKS with you this week!