Lots of time in Bama

I spent a lot of time in Alabama in May! It was great to be home and in Birmingham for a few days for work. I truly love spending time there. Funny, I used to hate it…but now I look forward to it!

Week of May 5th

A recovery week post 1/2 marathon PR in Wisconsin which was perfect timing with my crazy work and travel schedule.

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: flywheel and private pilates. IMG_6873

Wednesday: 4 miles (37:45) easy early morning before work and heading to Mobile. NEVER again will I drive that late at night! Thank goodness Allison was with me…we got in around midnight ATL time.

Thursday: 4.25 miles easy (35:46) around my old neighborhood in Mobile before court. Justice was finally served and if you missed my post about it, you can read it here.IMG_6907

Friday: Easy 4 miles (34:20) around the same neighborhoods as Thursday. Bridesmaids luncheon and after rehearsal dinner for my cousin.IMG_6930IMG_6915

Saturday: 8 miles easy around Cottage Hill Park in Mobile. Hot and humid and damp. I got the closure I needed and finally ran down the street of the assault.IMG_6935That afternoon, my cousin got married. My first piece of real cake since before Lent. Yes, I had a slice both the groom’s cake and the wedding cake and it was totally worth the stomach ache. :)

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Me and Allison had a blast teaching Dad the art of the selfie. He loved our pics with A from the day before so we figured he should partake in the fun. IMG_6956 IMG_6954

Sunday: 3 treadmill miles. I drove to Montgomery and had planned to not do anything and just relax. But, when I saw that her neighborhood had a club/gym/pool, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to stretch out the legs from all the travel. Before that, I was able to spend the morning with my mom and celebrate Mother’s Day.IMG_6968

Total Miles for the Week: 23.25

Week of May 12

Monday: 5 miles (40:56) after working in Auburn in the morning and driving back to ATL, I needed to get some energy out. Perfect beltline run.

Tuesday: flywheel and then off to Birmingham for the rest of the week for work. I made sure to squeeze in a pilates abs, butt, thighs workout while I was there, too.IMG_6997

That night I had dinner with several sorority sisters. This has become one of my favorite parts about my work trips. We now plan a get together every time I come in town. Lucky for me, I have a good 15 sorority sisters in Birmingham so someone is always available for dinner.IMG_7008

Wednesday: 6 mile tempo (8:44, 7:25, 7:32, 7:24, 7:28, 8:25) on Lakeshore in Birmingham. I got up and did this early before work. It’s crazy to think that my race pace was at what I was doing on my tempo run. AND, it was hard for me to even hold it. I don’t think my body is quite adjusted to the heat and humidity just yet. I was absolutely drenched and the sun wasn’t even really up. IMG_7002

I helped plan a Skin Cancer Awareness Event for one of my offices. It was cool to have the news come out and hear my doc talk about the importance of sunscreen all with my products in the background.IMG_7006

Thursday: 4 miles easy on Lakeshore (33:11). Another easy morning run before work followed by 30 minutes of weights that afternoon in the hotel gym. I did arms, core, back, glute and hip work. IMG_7025

Friday: rest day and traveled back home to ATL. I HAD to stop at Alabama Biscuit Company. I had just read about them in Cooking Light. Biscuits made with spelt flour, all natural ingredients, and all local, too. If you are ever in Birmingham, GO. IMG_7034

Saturday: 8 mile run easy with Abby around the Highlands, Piedmont Park and the Beltline. It was a surprisingly cool day and we ran through a bit of rain and it wasn’t bad to be running late.

It was an early afternoon run because I volunteered that morning at the Peachtree Jr. race with Rich. This is another great event put on by the Atlanta Track Club for the kiddos. We were part of the “human chain” and got to block/watch each wave of the kids start. IMG_7045 IMG_7051 IMG_7053

Once we finished that, we helped with the finish line area, matching parents with kids. That was a bit more stressful but we still had a great time giving back and seeing how excited the kids were to finish their race. Instead of a medal, the get a pennant with the year on it. I think that’s pretty cool too.

That afternoon after my run, we went to the Paint and Pedal Fest. It was free and sponsored by New Belgium Brewery.  Can’t really beat a few beers, live music, people watching, and button making. A nice way to end the day.IMG_7069

Sunday: barre3 class and 3 miles on the treadmill due to crappy weather.

Total Miles for the Week: 26

Each week I’m thrilled that I somehow manage a work life balance and squeeze in my workouts. I’m learning to become a morning runner again and have really just made it all a lifestyle as long as I plan it all out.

What is the next race on your schedule? What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Have any sunscreen or skin care questions for me? 

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