Just as last week flew by, so did this past weekend. The speed with which my weekend passed may have had something to do with the fact that I was running errands for the majority of it.
School’s almost back in session and I am a terrible mom, so of course my kids are ill-equipped to return to school in September. In addition to spending some quality time at my local Target buying all manner of school supplies and at the mall buying the kids some school clothes, I also did this:
A little shopping for myself! Yes, I paid a quick visit to Nordstrom and, yes, I cannot escape my kids even when shopping. I went there to buy some new denim and to try to find a cute “birthday outfit” to wear this coming weekend in Vancouver. I found this adorable jacket and bought it, but I’ve already decided it’s going back. I can’t justify spending that much money on a novelty jacket, especially when the amount I’ll spend in Vancouver on food alone will be a (small) king’s ransom. I’m keeping the boyfriend jeans, though.
I also managed to get my “long run” in this weekend. I’d planned to run 11 miles but the route I ran ended short. Oh well. It was warm and humid (80%, which is high for around these parts) and I looked like a hot mess by the end of it. My pace was slower than I would like but I need to be realistic: I haven’t run double-digits since I ran the marathon on May 31, and I’m supposed to gradually build my speed and endurance post-injury. I think being capable of running a 10-miler should prepare me well enough to at least finish this weekend’s SeaWheeze Half without injury. If my pace is anywhere near 9:52/mile at the SeaWheeze, I should be happy.
I ran only once this weekend to give myself a break, and instead logged what felt like miles at Costco in addition to Target and the mall. And lo and behold, look what Costco’s carrying!
Whee! Nuun at a great Costco price. My son was very, very pleased.
If anyone loves Nuun more than me in our household, it might be this guy. I drink it during and after runs, as well as just for the hell of it, and he drinks it when he plays soccer. He would drink it more often if I let him, but I hoard my Nuun like it’s a rare commodity. I think he believes it gives him special athletic powers. I myself think it’s damn good for hydrating, but it turns out I was wrong about its capabilities:
Look what else I picked up at Costco:
My son and I cracked open the box of Nuun when we arrived home from our Costco run. I was expecting to see some of their trademark tubes, but instead I saw this:
The Costco Nuun box also has a fun variety of flavors. I am a hardcore Watermelon and Grape Nuun fan, so this box is pushing me a little out of my comfort zone… and I like it! So far I’ve tried Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon-Lime, and they’re both delicious. I’m going to try mixing half a tab here, half a tab there for some new flavor combos.
So that gets me started thinking about this weekend’s race. I need to start packing for Vancouver and the SeaWheeze, and will definitely throw in some of my new Nuun tablets in my luggage as well as my other requisite race items. I’m trying to decide whether or not to bring my handheld because I’m wary of the SeaWheeze’s official electrolyte drink. Like the saying always goes: Never try something new on race day.
I am so excited for this coming weekend. Let’s get this week started so we can get it over with, already!
How was your weekend? Do you have any upcoming races? Do you ever bring your own hydration to a race or do you rely just on what the course provides?
I was compensated for part of this post by Nuun, but all views and opinions are my own. Oh–and my son’s!