Well that was fun.
Who knew unplanned days off would be so much busier than planned ones?
I woke up at 8:00. Drank my coffee while watching the news and peeking outside to watch the snow (that was STILL falling). Turns out we hit the record books with the 3rd worst snowstorm Chicago has ever seen. Yeah. Sooooo glad I was able to be a part of that… geez.
By 10:30, I decided it was time to get out. I was starting to feel like a shut in. Off to the treadmill!Anywhere I go, it’s like being in a snow maze. I feel like a mouse. With no cheese at the end.
When I got to the gym, there was a surprise waiting…Wait… is that a new treadmill? Why yes… yes it is! The “new to us” treadmill is just sitting there awkwardly at the moment. Still waiting to be moved and installed- presumably after the maintenance/repair guys get finished moving around the excessive snow.
Not only is this one being added, but our property manager said they’re also replacing the loud treadmill (that I constantly whine about) within the next couple of months.
Say whaaat? She didn’t know how much she made my day with that news. It’s the little things in life…
Like I mentioned yesterday, I decided to knock out my long run. Saturday’s looking to be a busy one and suddenly I had all this time with no where to go? Silly to not take advantage of it all.
6 miles were on the original plan. I wanted to overachieve with 7.
But sometimes things don’t happen perfectly. I had to stop at 3.5 for a potty break. Don’t drink 2 cups of coffee directly before a run. It leaves you with no options but to disrupt it. And as I was chugging along, all I could think about was how much snow shoveling there was to do. Ugh. So I cut it short at 6.5. Semi-overachiever?
The run totaled up to about an 8:39 pace. Considering all the sugar in my system from the night before, I’m happy.
After the run came the snow shoveling…My work was cut out for me- I wasn’t even sure where to being. After an hour or so, it was to the point where I could most likely get the car out. It wasn’t pretty, but hey- driving was possible. Phew…
Thank goodness there was a reward in my future…Mon cooked. Yes- unheard of! Just in case you need to see it to believe it. Our friend Bailey and I were astounded!
I give her a hard time, but she can totally throw down when she wants to… like she did yesterday. Loaded nachos- buried under the ground turkey and black beans were cheese, onions, and olives. We topped it all with salsa, greek yogurt and guacamole.Oh buddy.
The movie of the day was The Town. We need to take a minute to discuss this. Has anyone seen it? Other than watching because Ben Affleck returned to the screen looking like a stunna’, it was really good! And, in my humble opinion, a little looked over during awards season?
*I may or may not have diverted my eyes for a few parts. Definitely violence involved. To be fair, when a sledge hammer gets swung at someone, I have a good idea of what will happen and would rather not see it.
Call me a wus. But I only missed maybe 2 minutes of the movie. And still really liked it. So whatev.
We also watched Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. We laughed. It’s all about balance, my friends.
All in all, an exhausting but very good day.
And who doesn’t love having a random day off in the middle of the week?
Even if I feel the ache of shovelling snow. It’s not awful (should I thank all my quality time with Jillian Michaels dvds?), but it’s there. Oh well. It was strength training… right???
Now it’s just a matter of battling the relentless cold. I think it’s currently one degree outside.
Ah… walking in a winter wonderland…
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