Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Marathon Weekend

Last week I blogged about the importance of balance on the weekends, right? Well, this weekend was quite the opposite. It turned into a marathon very quickly, and I was determined to do everything so I could avoid the classic guilt feeling of blowing something off just because I was tired. 

Here is how my weekend went:

Friday - 

I didn't work this day, although I usually do. I didn't plan for the day off, it just somehow sort of happened. My sister (who is also my roommate) and I had plans to go Costco, Target, Petco and Trader Joe shopping. This time together has somehow turned into bonding time and I really look forward to it!! I also wanted to stop by and check out a bicycle that I found on Craigslist.

 {Lexi at Petco for her 2nd birthday}

I ended up buying the bike for $50 and... I am in love! I have named her Kermie for her lovely green color and we have already done 7 miles together (until her front tube decided to pop and finding one the right size for this 1970s vintage Schwinn is proving to be difficult).

{Isn't she adorable?!}

That evening my closest girlfriends and I all got together to celebrate Angie's birthday (which was August 1st!) and go to the fair for a night of junky fair food and a couple of beers. I had a corndog (that had about an inch of breading on it!), corn on the cob (that was so delish, I am still thinking about it) and three 5 oz beers at the Craft Beer Tent. I was stuuuuuffed!

We all left the fair at a decent time and I was really happy to be home in bed by 11pm.

Saturday - 

My sister and I got up around 7:30 to go to the Farmer's Market with Lexi (it was her birthday on Friday!). The Farmer's Market is another bonding activity and we both love the same things there - especially the pupusas! I ate an entire spinach pupusa to myself and I did not feel bad about it AT ALL.

{Photos do not do this incredible dish justice. It is delicious!}

{My favorite Saturday morning activity; the Downtown Farmer's Market. I love that we go early too. We beat the 20,000 people that visit weekly}

After the market we went our separate ways. She went back home and I hit up my favorite trail in Des Moines to get in my 6 mile long run this week. I had a great run and I even beat my 3 mile time. I forced myself to run the entire first 3 miles and not stop to walk, which is something I normally do. I finished 3 miles in 31:25 and I was so proud of that! I was hoping for under 30 minutes, and I have a feeling my race pace would be under 30 minutes. I'm doing a 5k later this fall, so we'll see!!

After the run, I had to work for a couple hours with a lady that goes bowling. She called me all upset because she didn't have staff or anyone to take her on Saturday. I didn't have the heart to say no so I squeezed it in (even though I really shouldn't have!)

Then... I went home and got ready for the fair again! Yes, I know! A friend invited me to see a horse show with him and I just couldn't say no! We ended up walking around the fair for almost 6 hours and had such a good time!!


On Sunday I had to work again from 12-4, but first I had to get up early to drive to the south side to sign off on some meds I passed but forgot to initial. Not marking your initials equals a med error, and med errors are bad. Considering I just got a med error a couple weeks ago, I didn't want another one, so I made the trek out there (about 30 miles from my apartment). After that I spent 4 hours for a couple of great ladies, then it was off the fair again (lol) to see Boyz 2 Men on one of the free stages. I was seriously considering skipping this and just staying home, but I knew I would regret it. I had a great time and the concert was PACKED and we all had a great time reminiscing over these lovey dovey songs that were so "meaningful" to our 12 year old selves! Ha!

{Boyz 2 Men! The boys are now men...}

Although, after three days of eating fried fair food, I feel like a giant corndog and just overall gross. Yesterday I got in 3 miles and made it to Body Pump (which kicked my ass), which helped a little. Hopefully a few more days of exercise and packing in the fruits and veggies gets me back to normal.

How was your weekend? Is the state fair a big deal where you live?


Anne said...

Even though you were busy.... Sounds like a BLAST! 31 min is GREAT!! I couldn't IMAGINE doing a 6 miler. No. Way.

Proud of you!! You go girl.

Julie said...

I tell myself all the time to take it easy and its okay to have down time but, like you, it ends up getting busier and busier. I've heard about the farmer's market in your town, friends of mine live in Marion and they try to hit it up all the time. Sounds like you had a great weekend!

Carolina John said...

Wow, that's impressive! You really squeezed a lot into this weekend. I hit our local farmers market too. There are so many great deals out there!

Amber said...

This post made me think about going to the state fair with you and Lisa! The corn at the MN state fair was SO GOOD so I can only imagine how good it would be at the Iowa one :)

We went camping last weekend and I ate like CRAP all weekend. Lots of veggie dogs, smores and chips. So I definitely know how you feel!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

You did fit in a lot this weekend! I hope you ate a corndog for me. I really really miss those. :(

My weekend was great! I ran 16 on Sat am, dashed home and got ready so I could drive up to the lake. I had a very lazy, relaxing weekend at the lake which was just what my body needed. It was a short visit as I was there just over 24 hours, but it was worth it!

I ate more than usual at my parents cabin, too, so felt kind of bleh on Sunday night. I just can't resist my mom's cooking!!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

What I love:

- Kermie!! How cute is that! I have been wanting to get a cheap bike, but I didn't expect anything that nice! You scored!

- The DSM farmer's market. I went but did not get a pupusa! Why didn't you tell me before!

- Boys to Men!!! haha. Now they are just called "Men" or maybe "Men who used to be Boys".

- That you called yourself a giant corndog.

Reads, Rants, Raves and Reviews said...

Coming from Iowa I think we'll be SUPER disappointed in the AZ State Fair but we are trying it out in October!

Lesli said...

I love your bike!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love that bike! What a great find.