Pushing It

We made it to Wednesday!  (Insert sigh of relief)

Why does this excite me so much?  Because we have a staff outting to the Cubs game today!  Sure… the Cubs are sort of um… having difficulties this season.  And sure, they’re not playing the best team (I think Pittsburgh may be in last place if we’re getting technical about it).  But you know what?  I don’t care.  I love baseball.  And I may not be a fan of the Cubs (Go Cards!  Holla’!).  But you can’t be a fan of baseball without being a fan of Wrigley Field.  It’s iconic.  It’s the epitome of watching a summer baseball game.  It’s freaking Wrigley Field, people!

If you love it so much, why don’t you just marry it?

Fine, I’ll hush…

Either way, I’m going.  And am pretty stoked.  If you didn’t pick up on that.

If you’re a sports fan, who’s your team?  Don’t be shy… it’s all love here.  :)

As you can imagine, this would include a day of travel and an adult beverage or two.  So I will again be switching up my days so that today is a rest day (instead of my usual Thursday).  That’s right- mixing it up again.  Oooohhhh this girl is crazy!

Oh and let’s talk a little more about the “fake chicken” I tried out the other night.  I also had it for my salad over lunch yesterday.Yep… still not enjoying it.  I tried.  I did.  I’m sorry- we can’t be friends.  I may try an alternative brand, but will shy away from this one for good.  Thanks for all the suggestions yesterday- I feel if I do try another “meatless meat”, I’ll be going to a different brand.  But it won’t be for a while- I’m just not sure if I’m cut out for it or not.

The rest day is well deserved, by the way.  Last night was intense!  Like I mentioned last time, I met up with Phampants for a run.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather- we’ve experienced a cooldown and I’m sure it wasn’t much above 70 degrees by the time we got out there.  We got down to business right away.  And started out with a decent pace.  Considering I hate the first mile of any run, it was definitely a good kickstart that I usually don’t have.

I checked my Nike+ a few times and was surprised at how fast we were going.  Pham didn’t quite believe me but when we stopped for a quick drink of water after the first loop on the trail, we did the math to double check.  The time doesn’t lie.  And we definitely did about 2.7 miles with just under an 8-minute pace.  Yeah- we were pushing a serious pace. 

The second loop was a little slower.  Just a little… our final stats were just under 5.5 miles with an 8:07 pace.  We both agree my Nike+ is probably a little off, but still.  Damn.  That’s faster than any of the runs I’ve done as of late.  Pham brought up the thought of going maybe another mile.  I did have to decline on that one.  I won’t lie- another mile or so at that speed may have also welcomed the return of that god awful fake chicken I had for lunch (I’m serious about that stuff- it did not sit well!).

This is how awesome we felt about the run:Yeah, I hit the ground.  Ahhhh…Thanks Pham.  I think this was a good run for both of us.  It was an extra mile I didn’t have on my training plan and it was an improved time for both of us.  I think we both walked away wondering what time we might actually be crossing the finish line for the Rock n’ Roll Half at… Eyebrows are raised at the possibilities…

We’re planning to do 8 miles together in a couple weeks. 

Oh dear…

Oh and today is Day #3 of new breakfasts!  I seem to have made this a little event, haven’t I?  It wasn’t my intention on Monday morning, but we’re just gonna roll with it…I did a combo of both Monday and Tuesday- An oatmeal pancake and a mushroom scramble.  I had a leftover pancake from yesterday, so I thought why not?  This may be the winning combo.  The eggs on Monday left me hungry before lunch.  The pancakes on Tuesday left me feeling a little stuffed after all was said and done and was a little too much.  I’m like freakin’ Goldilocks- this one was juuuuusssstttt right.  ;)

And that’s how I’m going to leave you- happy tummy and ready for the few hours of work before the game.  It’s a good day.

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