Happy President’s Day!

A few more tidbits about the Blacksburg Classic 10 Mile: there were 194 participants in the 5K and 267 in the 10 miler. How cool is that?? I haven’t looked at any stats, but I don’t think it’s common to have more participants in the longer option, especially with a smaller local race. There were also 29 runners who finished in 1:10 or under. This area has some pretty fast runners! I dream of being that fast.

What do you think of the new design and layout? I tried to clean things up a bit and spread stuff out by putting a sidebar on each side of the post. I also added a “contact” page. I really like the mountain background, too. It reminds me of the area we live in:

Mountain overlook near our house
Other side of the overlook near our house
View from our back deck

Today started out really cold, with the temperature in the teens this morning. I had the day off work (Happy President’s Day!) and started off by taking my car to an early appointment to get my state inspection. I spent the rest of the morning enjoying some coffee, re-designing my blog, and catching up on other blogs. This afternoon I did my weekly cleaning and my first ever Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred workout!

I got the DVD for Christmas but hadn’t opened it until now because honestly Jillian scares me. She is intense. I did the level 1 workout and it was tough. I think I’m going to try and actually do the workouts for 30 days and see where it gets me. I should invest in some hand weights- today I used two cans of apple pie filling (the heaviest canned food we had two of). It seems a little ironic to work out with apple pie filling, haha.

It warmed up nicely into the low 50’s today, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take the dogs on a walk. Once Barry got home from work, we headed out to the state park trail. Hank and Scout did lots of sniffing- bloodhounds are known for their noses and are amazing trackers. Did you know they are one of the few breeds who’s testimony can be upheld in a court of law?

Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to following a more specific training plan for my upcoming half marathon- the Blue Ridge Half Marathon on April 20! Since I started this blog I have just kind of been running whatever distance I felt like on whatever days the weather allowed me to run. I do a lot better when I am following a predetermined training plan, though. My typical training plan has me cross training on Mondays, running Tues. through Thurs., and doing a long run on the weekend, so that’s what I’ll be doing. Different things work for different people, and this works for me.


3 thoughts on “Happy President’s Day!”

  1. Your blog looks great! I don’t think I’m savvy enough to do anything special. I get excited when I add a new tab at the top of the page (I am going to add a few this weekend). I laughed out loud when you were talking about being afraid of Jillian. Can you imagine what it would be like to work out with her in person? Ha!Too funny about the pie filling, too!

    1. Hahaha! Looks like we read some of the same blogs 🙂 I quietly added the race to my list of upcoming races on the left sidebar (after signing up last week), but haven’t said much else about it thus far.

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