Weekend of a packing cat lady

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The 3 day weekend has come and gone and I feel like nothing has been done. I guess that’s how all long weekends feel unless I go away somewhere. B I had a great Saturday exploring Charlsetown.

Sunday, after the Run to Remember Half B marathon I really wanted to take a nap. B Unlike other runners, 6AM wake ups don’t come naturally to me. B Good thing I had a practice wake up call at 5AM the day before from some A—H—-who was BLOW TORCHING a parking lot. B They should change their number from 1-800-sealers to 1-800-A77-H653. B This is the same building that used to wake me up last summer with their 6AM landscapers! A curse upon them!

Instead of a nap Tony & I went to the new house to do some yardwork. B I guess that’s what homeowners do on weekends. B Yardwork.

While I did things like this…

Other fun Sunday night activities include packing…

As you can tell from the countless photos of Jack Meower, I am slowly developing CLS. B Cat Lady Syndrome. B While other people post pictures of their babies on Facebook, I surround my wall with the cat instead. B Well I must confess I took this to a potential new level. B This is Jack’s first summer. B He has been meowing like crazy near all our doors and windows begging to go outside. B However, our streets are city streets surrounded with cars, crazy people, hawks and hunting dogs. B Jack being an outdoor cat is just not practical in my view. B So here’s my new solution.

Needless to say Day 1 of learning how to walk a cat did not get me very far. B I tried to walk, Jack tried to eat the grass and roll over instead. B Day 2 I decided to try out the front of the house instead. B Same story, but I did get him to walk down the stairs.

We even took a ride over to the new house so he can smell the grass there.

Aside from torturing my cat most of Sunday, I made an awesomeB breakfast! B I wanted to go to brunch but certain places decided that even though it’s a holiday because it’s Monday, they don’t do brunch. So instead I made a Baby Kale, Mushroom omeletteB with a side of Sunkist tomatoes and salsa.

There’s such thing as baby kale and it’s pretty yummy. B I didn’t know this because my ghetto supermarket can’t spell kale, let alone carry organic baby kale. We were driving through Burlington when I saw Roche Bros. B I knew it was an adventure awaiting. B I’ve never been to one before and was impressed with their clean empty aisles and the lack of a wholeB aisleB dedicated toB hot-dogs.B B I guess that’s the difference between a store in Chelsea and Burlington.

Do you ever like to check out otherB groceryB stores? B I used to work at Shaw’s in Allston (Albertson’s Supermarket for people on the West Coast) for a few years on weekends while I was in college. B That’s probably where my grocery store B B comparison habit started. B Plus I really loved food shopping and finding new things.

Have you ever seen anyone walk a cat before? B I haven’t but I read people online do it.

A forced two week taper….

With two weeks before Boston I am in a forced taper. B Last week I managed to get 75 miles in while this week I’m at mile 26. B Working 12-13 hours a day doesn’t leave much for a 10-miler. B I’ve tried but running at 9PM on a treadmill is not worth it to me. B I’m hoping to hit 50 for the week with a final 20 milers on Saturday and then justB ellipticalling (yes, that’s a word, deal with it)B the final week before Boston. B We’ll see.

Since I couldn’t get in any post work runs, I tried to really focus on my 6-milers. B Even when I wanted to take it easy, I tried to push myself. B I have a half marathon in May and I’m eyeballing a 1:35 finish, we’ll see. B Its in Gloucester, MA and I’ve never been there and I don’t know how the elevation and route will be. Part of me is hoping for rolling hills since I really enjoy those. B I love the struggle upward and sprinting downhill. B It’sB exhilarating!

So to recap

Monday – No run didn’t get home until 11PM but I had a pretty sweat work dinner. B Yes, its easy to keep me happy, just feed me. B I guess employers figured that out.

But wait there’s more…

Tuesday I had enough of not moving from my desk for 14 hours and sneaked in a 6 miler during lunch. B Good thing I don’t care about things like doing my hair and thank god for dry shampoo.

Although this was on incline 3 and average pace of 7, I felt a little disappointed that the run didn’t feel any easier after not running Monday. B Luckily myB Wednesday run wentB smoother. B I dropped the incline to 2 and played around with intervals a bit. B The first mile I did at 7:30 pace and kept slowing down afterwards.

7.4 average pace! B I’ll take it. B I knew this week wasn’t going to be about miles so instead I tried my hardest to focus on pace without giving up the extra challenge of a mild incline. B Part of me is stubborn with inclines on treadmills so that i can enjoy running outside a lot more. B It feels easier and the added distraction of scenery makes running outside so much more enjoyable! B Treadmill runs are not there for fun, they’re there for training. B I’ve drilled that into myself.

By Thursday I really wanted to take it easy. B I was still sneaking in a lunch time running thinking it will be another late night. B I kept it on incline 3 and although it wasn’t as strong as Tuesday and I had more walk breaks then I walked to, I pushed myself on the running part. B I guess it was a more mild interval run vs a more steady tempo run on Tuesday but the end result was only off by 9 seconds.

I also decided I was going to be a bear and graze on berries after my regular 3 cups of Oatmeal breakfast. B I think I reached a new max of how many berries I can fit in these little containers. Plus they had all my favorites this morning. B SeriouslyB employers, the way to your employee’s heart is really through their stomachs.

I followed the same for lunch by maxing out a larger container.

Mnn falafal!! B There’s grilled chicken in there as well, but I put it underneath and usually save it for Tony. B I’m such a nice girlfriend. B I make sure he’s fed, even if I can’t cook.

I got surprised today when my team finished up our busy things at work and I was able to leave work before sunset! B So of course I used this opportunity to log some extra post work miles. B 8 miles to be exact for a total of 26 for the week. B If I can manage to get in 4 tomorrow before my flight to NY, all I’ll have left is the 20 miler. I didn’t really have a purpose in this run other than just to get it done before 7pm so I can go home and eat dinner, blog, pack and clean.

Due to a few too many magazine promotions I find myself subscribed to more than I can read. B One of these is Time magazine. B Since I finally finished readingB Girl Who Played with Fire, I dragged it with me on the train this morning where I found this little gem of an article:

While my teeth might disagree, I always have made theB argumentB that my chocolateB addictionB is aB perfectlyB acceptable healthy diet.

This weekend I’m going to Brooklyn to visit my parents and grandmother, maybe see some high school friends, celebrate my Dad’s birthday and pretend to be Jewish for Passover. B Can’t wait to see these crazy not-kids 😉

No, I have no idea what my mom is wearing. B I stopped trying to figure out her outfits a while ago.

I do get to play with this guy!

That Rocky, my parent’s dog/kids replacer.

Of course he can’t replace my boy Jack but he sure shows his affection better.

Yes, leave it to a cat to give you a dirty look for when you try to brush your teeth in the morning.

Any good plans this weekend?

Any good taper week tips?