Weekend Update

IMG_9194Spring has sprung, y’all! The birds are singing, the cherry blossoms are poppin’, and I am thrilled to be back to the Weekend Update Link-Up hosted by reader-and-runner-extraordinaire, Tara.

Please visit her over at Running ‘n’ Reading to catch up on her latest adventures.

IMG_5781 This past weekend was pretty mellow, insofar that (wait–did I just use “insofar” in my 5th-grade-reading-level blog?) we didn’t have any social plans. It was a nice break from obligations, especially since last weekend was packed with traveling home and celebrating Easter.

My weekend started out superbly with the delivery of the most recent Indiespensable shipment from Powell’s Books. The main book in this shipment is Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller. In a nutshell, it’s about a girl who is abducted by her survivalist father, who believes it’s the end of the world. It sounds really dark, but I’m a fan of dark literary themes (my husband calls me Debbie Downer for a reason). The description also kind of sounds kind of like My Abandonment by Peter Rock, which was one of my favorite books in 2013, but I’m sure they aren’t that similar.IMG_9156Also in the shipment was a Powell’s coaster and an advance copy of Julia Elliott’s The New and Improved Romie Futch, a wildly imaginative novel about a taxidermist who gets involved in neuroscientific experiments. It’s been described as Southern-Gothic-meets-science-fiction (SoG Fi?) and it should provide a fun change of pace.

Saturday I began my day with yoga, where I’m already starting to see improvement in my flexibility (yessss!), and then met up for a very short run with my dear friend A, who is getting back into running after some years. It was fun venting about catching up on each other’s lives over a run, which is new for our friendship.

After my morning exercise, I made a horrible discovery with regard to our cat, Maya. She has extremely long, dense fur and apparently she’d been having some gastrointestinal distress (ew) so she had quite a bit of kitty poo (ew ew) caught in her furry nether-regions (ew ew ew). I couldn’t handle the eradication myself because (1) I have a major aversion to cat poo and (2) I learned at the age of 9 that a cat-owner should never bathe her cat.

I ended up squeezing her gigantic body into the cat carrier and taking her to the groomer. And a few hours later? I had a giant, clean-smelling puffball of love.

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Either the cat or my husband was humiliated by the whimsical spring-themed bow placed by the groomer, because that thing was gone within the hour.

On Sunday morning, I went for a run with my coach, Kris. It was an absolutely beautiful morning–the sky was an unnatural blue and the temperature was perfect for running. Kris and I ran a flat and easy 5.7-miler and talked the entire way. We discussed how I’ve been doing with recovery and what the next month will look like.

IMG_9206Kris wants me to continue slowly rebuilding my foundation over the next month before my 20-week Chicago Marathon training plan starts in late May. She wants me to keep working with my personal trainer, Ruth, to strengthen my weak points (hips, hammies, and core), and to keep doing yoga.

We talked about how running “at our age” means that a good foundation for marathon-training isn’t just having a decent mileage-base–it’s about being fit overall, with as few muscular weaknesses as possible. After all, it’s these weak hips of mine that have gotten me into trouble over the last couple of years.

After my run with Kris, I felt very hopeful about the next 6 months separating me from the Chicago Marathon.  With smart, conservative training that includes cross-training, a slow buildup, speed work that works around my mechanical issues (i.e., no hill repeats because of my sensitive hip flexors), and a few strategically-timed and -run races, she believes I can PR at Chicago. I don’t want to jinx myself, but it’s hard not to get excited.

So that was my weekend. How was yours?

Where did you run or race this weekend? What book are you currently reading? Do you ever worry you’ll jinx yourself?

31 thoughts on “Weekend Update

    • I’m so sorry! It’s seriously all about the hips. I am doing the Myrtl routine a few times per week. Does your therapist have you do it, too? I’ve noticed an improvement with my running form already.

  1. Um, yes, I always worry that I’m going to “jinx” myself; I’ll go ahead and get that one out of the way! I’m not a big cat fan, but you’re cat is REALLY pretty! I’m so happy to hear that you were able to get Maya’s little “issue” cleared up – ew!! 😉 I’ve been reading some early reviews from book blogging friends about Our Endless Numbered Days and let’s just say that I’m VERY intrigued. Let me know when you get finished; I’ve got a blog for you to visit. I’m so glad that things are getting back to “normal” (whatever that is!) with you running; I love Myrtls! I do believe that I have to put in WAAAAY more work at this age, which really sucks to admit, but I’ve got to do it if I want to keep running. Sheesh. You’re doing so great; keep it up, Molly! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog, and I hope you have a great day!

    • Thanks, Tara! I’m not much of a cat-person, either; I’m allergic and just tend to favor dogs. Maya is a rarity, though, because she doesn’t cause my allergies to flare up and she’s very dog-like (affectionate, etc.).

      I will let you know what I think of the book; I’m intrigued about the blog I need to visit!

      Thanks for hosting the link-up!

  2. oh gosh, poor kitty (and poor you too, yuck!). your comment about keeping everything in line is a good reminder – i need to go and do my PT exercises for the day! i love weekends w/nothing on the calendar. they are so rare these days! 🙂

  3. What a lovely weekend!!

    I ran Cherry Blossom! It was AMAZING!!

    I am currently reading two books (one at home and one at work [during lunch of course-haha!]) Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline.

    I worry about jinx myself for every race. From training to race day!! I need to learn to just go with the flow and not put so much pressure on my self!

    Good job on your flexibility! I so need to do yoga.

    I’m glad your coach is satisfied with your progress. Make sure to stay the course and be patient.

    • I end up reading two books at once a lot–I’m very indecisive and impatient, so I don’t want wait to finish a “just okay” book before starting a really great book. I need to start bringing my books to work so that I can read them on my lunch-break, too!

  4. I often worry I will jinx myself if I speak my goals or wishes out loud…I personally think it’s ridiculous, but that hasn’t stopped my from being so superstitious! I have a half marathon this Saturday that I feel completely unprepared for. Battling sickness and a two week spring break that completely through off my training schedule has me especially on edge. I’m always super excited for race day, but my expectations are set significantly lower than normal for this one! I love that you highlight everything “else” we should to do to maintain healthy bodies and attempt to stay off the “injury report” as we call it. I can already tell yoga is here to stay during my training and I only started a couple months ago! Happy Training to you 🙂

    • That’s exactly my problem. If I just think those thoughts, I don’t have the same concern, but if I say or even write them then I worry that the opposite will happen. I am completely superstitious.

      I personally think it’s better to go into a race with low expectations because then the only direction to go is up, right? I think you will surprise yourself this weekend. Although you’ve been sick recently and had an extended spring break, you spent months training for this race. All the money’s in the bank, as my coach says.

      Good luck, and please let me know how you do this weekend!

  5. That sounds so fun to go on a run with your coach! I’m such a recreational runner that I can’t justify a coach, but having someone to endlessly talk running with sounds pretty awesome.

    As for books, I just finished Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls and Boys in the Boat this week. I’ve been on hold for All the Light We Cannot See for forever and just got it, so starting on that next.

    • I’m a recreational runner, too, and if you had told me 4 years ago that I would have a running coach, I would have laughed hysterically. I ended up hiring Kris when I was trying to train for the NYC Marathon after returning to running post-injury. She put together a totally personalized plan for me that got me to the start and finish lines of the NYCM, and I PR’ed! I don’t think I would have been able to do it without her.

      I’ve heard great things about “The Boys in the Boat.” Everyone I know who’s read it loves it!

  6. When I saw you used the word “insofar” I thought… OOOOHHH 😀 It is nice to have a break from social obligations, I’ll have more of that in May. Eeeks to your cat, I probably would have taken him/her to the groomer as well. Very excited to hear you (and others) write about Chicago. I have a feeling the next 6 months will go by quickly!

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