Weekend Update

People, I am still not over Daylight Savings Time. I couldn’t get to sleep until 3:00 a.m. last night and woke up late this morning, missing my planned 6:15 a.m. long run with Aimee in the process. Ugh.IMG_8109Another negative consequence of DST continuing to kick my ass is that I’m late to the Weekend Update party. But I’m here, finally! And thanks are again in order to Tara for hosting the link-up. Please pay her a visit over at Running ‘n’ Reading.


My weekend started out fabulously with the news that my friend Katy received confirmation that the Chicago Marathon accepted her guaranteed registration entry. Hooray! This means we’ll both be there come October.


Impressed by my mad Microsoft Paint skillz?

Notice I didn’t say that we’re running the Chicago Marathon together. Terrible Microsoft Paint job aside, we don’t run the same pace and she’ll likely finish with a sub-3:30. Katy is a total badass mother runner.

Some day I too hope to be a total badass mother runner (TBMR), which is one reason I continue to take Pilates group equipment classes twice weekly. I went to a class on Saturday morning even though I’d already done one during the Friday lunch-hour. Whaaa? Who am I these days?

Even more amazing was that I passed up my Saturday ritual of going to Costco with and instead took my son to a rock-climbing gym. The rain started falling on Saturday and my son, much like a puppy, needs his daily exercise. He couldn’t go play catch in the rain with my husband, so I had to get creative.

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Spiderman–er, I mean, my son.

We went to Edgeworks Climbing Gym in Tacoma. I don’t know what possessed me, but I decided to participate… even though I haven’t been rock-climbing since 1999 (!) and I’ve since developed acrophobia. (I don’t know if I really have clinical acrophobia–I just know that heights freak the hell out of me.) I figured rock-climbing would just be another great arm workout on top of the 2 Pilates classes I’d taken in fewer than 24 hours.

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Only thing less comfortable than rock-climbing shoes? Stilettos.

My son and I got all rigged up in our harnesses and sweet rock-climbing shoes and then he took off, fearlessly climbing up one of the many faces in the gym. I observed him climb a couple of times before I decided to go up on my own. And you know what? I loved it!

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That’s me! Really!

It was thrilling and more than a little scary, especially when I reached the top of the first face, but I did it! And I learned I much prefer rock-climbing to bouldering–even though rock-climbing took me higher up, I felt more secure because I had ropes that would catch my fall. With bouldering, one wrong move or bad grip and you’re falling (no more than 8 feet, but still).

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Proof I made it to the top.

We were there for a little over and hour, at which time my hands were tired, sore, and red. It was a wonderful workout!

On Sunday, the rain fell even harder. Aimee wussed out on our planned run, so I ran solo. I dressed for a hurricane and took off, expecting to hate it–my first run in the pouring rain since probably October. I quickly surprised myself because I ended up having a blast. Listening to music helped, but it was fun to get out there and get completely drenched.

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Don’t ask me what I was thinking here. It probably involved a swear-word.

The puddles were massive.

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And aren’t you also impressed by my mad iPhone photography skillz? Seriously, though, the rain made everything blurry.

I ran only 3 miles because that’s the only distance my coach wants me to run right now, but I ran that last quarter mile at a snappier pace than I’ve run since January. It felt great, and I didn’t experience any tweaks.

That afternoon, I went to rehearsal for Tacoma City Ballet’s “Cinderella,” which we’ll perform in mid-May. I play a guest at the royal ball, which means my costume includes a big ball gown and a powdered white wig.  I know.

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Not me. I don’t get lifted in my part, fortunately for me (and my partner).

Well, I do love going to ballet rehearsals. Yesterday’s rehearsal was special because it was the first time we rehearsed with the other dancers in the scene. Despite rehearsing our part several times before yesterday, I experienced performance anxiety and forgot much of my part during the first run-through yesterday. Ugh. It’s a good thing we have almost 2 months left to practice!

How was your weekend? Did you run a race or run for fun? Have you ever gone rock-climbing? Have you ever done ballet?

24 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. Awesome trip to the rock climbing gym! I used to do that when my sons were younger – haven’t been in ages. Makes me want to find my harness and shoes and go try it again. I remember it being a tremendous workout – especially hands and forearms

    • Yes! I’m feeling sore in a part of my forearms where I’ve never felt sore before. It’s crazy. And the really serious people climbing there were ripped. One guy had Popeye arms!

  2. Hah you do have mad paint skillz! You are living my dream with the ballet! Looking forward to more pictures. I did ballet/chinese dance growing up. Then took some adult classes after college – haven’t gone back in a few years.

  3. Yay for Chicago! Looks like an awesome weekend for you, and way to go, getting out there in the pouring rain.

    I raced at the GATE River Run 15K, which is fun, in spite of it all 🙂 I have been rock climbing in a gym, like you did (I would never have the guts to do it for real), and I spent about 15 years in ballet.

  4. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    The rock climbing sounds so fun. I used to go a long time ago and really loved it. I ran a race in the freezing pouring rain this weekend. It sucked. That is all. 🙂

  5. Great post! I did run a race this weekend – http://bit.ly/1GTJxEB – and missed the rain! I still haven’t tried rock climbing but your pictures make me want to try! The only ballet I’m interested in is what’s on So You Think You Can Dance! But I’m sure you’re awesome!!

    • Thanks, Bradley! I’ll check out your recap. And I can assure you I am NOT awesome at ballet. Although I danced as a youth, I’m now what’s called a “character dancer” in the productions at TCB. The dancing I do is more like ballroom than ballet. 🙂

  6. I had no idea that you did ballet/are going to be in a ballet! That’s so awesome! I love watching ballet. I danced as a small child, but I was so uncoordinated so it never worked out. Betty has been requesting it lately so I may sign her up for a class.
    I love that you went rock climbing. Such a different/fun way to get some exercise in and that top of the mountain selfie rocks!

  7. You know, I have NEVER been rock climbing! We have one of these climbing/rock wall places in Little Rock; I should go check it out. I do have some fear of heights, but I don’t think this would bother me too much; guess I’ll have to find out, huh? 😉 It looks like fun, though! Kudos to sticking to your plan and continuing with the Pilates/body work and short runs; I’m so, SO, thrilled to hear that you are not having any problems – YAY! And going to Chicago with a friend will be a lot of fun; I would love to do that, too. Thanks so much for linking up with the blog and I hope you’re having a great week, so far!

    • Honestly, the scariest part about the rock climbing was letting go at the top and allowing myself to fall backwards. I had to trust that the ropes would catch me and prevent me from crashing 30 feet to the floor, and they did. You should try it!

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