Mile 1: 11:19
Mile 2: 11:34
Mile 3: 11:33
Mile 4: 11:31
Mile 5: 11:40
The last mile we slowed because the area where we were running ended up having a lot of construction. We ended up having to run on a very steep hill, which ended up giving me some knee pain and foot pain the rest of the day. For that reason I took the weekend off from running, and now my knee feels great.
After work, I went to get my free massage. It was heavenly! Lately I have had quite a few knots in my shoulder and back, and it felt great to have them massaged. The masseuse also pointed out that I had some calcium build-up in my muscles in my back. I need to make sure that I stretch more, keep drinking water, and try to stress less (and get more massages!). My knee felt better after the massage too. Oh and the masseuse also pointed out that my calve muscles and IT band were tight. Again, I need to do more stretching! Through my school, I can get massages at a discounted price. I think that I am going to treat myself every three months to a massage. It will be like a special treat after making it another quarter of a year accomplishing my running goal. It will also feel especially great on my legs. Speaking of, I told the masseuse that I was training for a marathon. She recommended that I come in 24 hours before my marathon to get a massage. She said that way my legs will be well rested. She is not a runner, so I want to propose this question to those who have run a marathon.... Would you recommend getting a massage right before or after a marathon?
Friday night Chris took me to Pizza Fusion. I had read about this pizza place on several other blogs, and I really wanted to try it. I used to work for a mom-and-pop pizza place where the owners made the dough and pizza sauce daily and cooked the pies in brick ovens. I used to make pizzas with tons of veggies or odd toppings that I would bring to work. That being said, I now consider myself a "pizza snob". I have never loved pizza chains that deliver... even when I was a kid I would cry when we had pizza for dinner. I was a very strange child that preferred steamed vegetables. Pizza Fusion was amazing! We started with an appetizer of flat bread with delicious dipping sauces. My favorites were the artichoke and the black olive. Then I had the Greek pizza, which was very yummy. Since this month is Earth Month, they had a special where you could order an organic tea and get a free cheese pizza. We got the pizza to go, and I ordered a mint tea. YUM! The lid even had a cool quote inside of it.
Jennifer McCully. Her work really is spectacular. There are so many pieces that I want to purchase! I figure each event I will add to my collection (and next time actually purchase a wall piece for myself). We also saw a booth dedicated to saving wildlife. I took a picture of a cute little screech owl and a bob cat. Oh and a local swan "gave a hug" to one of the ladies that works at the park.
Spice, which was recommended to me by the friend from Saturday. We started with some delicious bruschetta, then I had the sunburst salad. The salad had lots of fruit and banana bread croutons! YUM! We saw lots of amazing art work! I awed over several golden retrievers... I really want another one. Oh and my friend yesterday told me about European golden retrievers. They are very pale and just adorable! We even saw one at the art festival today (although the owner called it a British Cream golden retriever... I am not one hundred percent sure that they are the same, but I think they might be). All I know is that I want one! One day..... after we have a yard. Until then, I can ooooo and ahhhh over them. Pooh bear (Pomeranian) and Tara (Chihuahua mix) sported cute little dresses and everyone loved them. When they got too tired, we pushed them in a doggy stroller. It was so cute! Before we left, Chris and I introduced his parents to Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt. Yum!
Finally, I want to congratulate Caitlin@HTP for being on the Oprah Winfrey Network for her Operation Beautiful work! It is very exciting! This inspired me to post a few Operation Beautiful notes this weekend!
give-away to make your teeth pearly white! (Sorry, I just found out about it... but if you miss it, be sure to check out A Healthy, Happier Bear's blog anyway!)
I hope you all have had as wonderful a weekend as I have had (minus the car issue)! Have a spectacular week!