“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, May 28, 2012

Rainier Training: I'm a great friend to visit

Quick Look Weeks of May 21-May 27:
# of Workouts:  9
# of miles ran/walked/climbed:  27.73
Starting Weight: 220.8
Current Weight: 169.4 (Down 1.4 lbs from previous week!)
Total Lost to date: 51.4 lbs
Chest: 39" (No change)
Hips: 44"  (No change)
Monday: 2.2 mile walk; 40 minute ST
Tuesday: 5 mile run; 3 mile weighted walk (26 lbs)
Wednesday: 0.53 weighted stair climber (20lbs); Spin class
Thursday: 5 mile run
Friday: Rest day - Walked the mall
Saturday: 12.01 mile run (split into two runs)
Sunday: Rest day - walked the Zoo
Woohoo!  I am in the 160's for the first time in 9 years!  It's humbling to think that I haven't been at a healthy weight for THAT long, despite having run 3 half marathons in that time frame.  That's okay though, I'm working on it.

My friend Cynthia, who has known me since I was 8 years old, came to visit this weekend.  She arrived late on Thursday and left Sunday evening.  It was a great visit!

I'm such a fun friend to visit - On Saturday morning, I made her get up early to meet my running group at 7:15am.  We ran 6 miles in hot and humid conditions.  She was ready to stop a little before mile 5, but stuck it out to the top of "Killer hill."  (All of my MiT runs end with Killer Hill).  Luckily, MiT is awesome and had cold towels for us after the run.  Fantastic!
I took her out for breakfast afterwards, so she still has to love me.  It's in the rules.
To show what an AWESOME friend I am, I did not make her come out for my 2nd 6 miler at 8pm (when it was 80 degrees and still crazy humid).  So, she got to miss the crazy bug run.  (Nothing like wiping bug carcasses out of your sweat for 6 miles!).

To make up for those things, I did walk all over Easton mall with her on Friday.   She almost had to check a bag for her return flight as a result!   We also spent time walking all over the zoo on Sunday.  I'm not sure that counts as being nice though - since it was 95 degrees by the time we left.  I blame her, she brought it with her from Texas.  :)

She also got to experience some Avery drama, which I'll post separately to keep this short.
Me? Dramatic? Never!
Only 2 Rainier focused workouts this week - in my defense - I took yesterday off to hang out with Cynthia knowing that today is a holiday and we have a big Rainier workout planned for today.  I did add the weighted vest and mountain boots to my stair climber workout this week!

The split runs for RAC are going great!  12 miles is the most miles I've ever run in one day outside of a race, so that's pretty exciting too.
Good job Mom!

This week it should cool off, thank goodness!

How is everyone else handling the heat?


  1. Sounds like a great time!! Congrats on your weight loss, Mandy, you are doing a great job!!!


  2. I say this every week, but I am so impressed by your progress! Slow and steady! You're gonna rock that climb, mark my words! :)

  3. You are awesome! Great job! I am glad you brought Cynthia around - it as nice to meet her! You are doing all of it the right way!!

  4. Such an impressive week- you're getting some great mileage in! I'm glad you got time with a friend this weekend... sounds refreshing.

  5. Nice job Mandy! You are just dropping those pounds :) and Avery is just a doll! Logan and I use the kiddie pool/splash pads. Yesterday was actually too hot for us to be outside with the humidity. I was sick anyway so at least we had some in door fun!

  6. I want to know about the Avery drama! Also, I should fill you in on the latest updates on the drama.


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