I’m just going to bask for a moment. I had an amazing weekend (and I am having an equally stressful Monday to balance everything out). Here’s the breakdown.
I found out I WON tickets to the Lorde concert Friday night. None of my lady friends could go, so my boyfriend
begrudgingly graciously agreed to accompany me. The concert was AWESOME. It was at the Mann Center, which is an awesome outdoor concert space in Philadelphia. Lorde was so good live! She sounded amazing, and it was the first concert of her North American tour!
It was impossible for me to get a good picture of her, but this is when she was singing Royals.
The next morning my boyfriend and I woke up at 5:30AM so we could report to our volunteer spots for the Philly 10K. According to Kris from Canadian Girl Runs, for every 4 races you run you should volunteer for one. Well, I’m definitely behind on my volunteer efforts and since I couldn’t run this race (it filled up faster than I could wrangle my friends together) I figured I should at least volunteer for it. Plus, I love Philadelphia Runner (the people behind the race).
Nick and I were hoping to work at one of the water stations, but instead we were assigned to bag check. We were a little bummed at first, but it was really hot and muggy outside anyway, so I think the air conditioning in bag check was a blessing. Also, our group of volunteers was really fun!
Now I can add professional bag checker to my resume!
Along with getting to see the behind the scenes of the race, we also got to enjoy some of the perks that the runners got, such as free Kind Bars.
The Strong & Kind Bars are their new line of savory bars with added protein. Each of these bars has 10g of protein versus the usual 4g of protein in Kind Bars. I haven’t tried the roasted jalapeno flavor yet, but the Thai sweet chili flavor is delicious! We also got a free beer ;) not too bad. It was a pretty sweet deal and a really great experience. By the end I was happier that we volunteered rather than ran it (it was too hot for me anyway).
We ended up spending the rest of the day napping and watching TV until dinner time, when I made one of my favorite things ever. Butternut squash.
The next morning I went out and did 10 miles. This is the longest distance I have ever done by myself, and it was the last long run before my half marathon in 2 weeks. Now I start to taper!
I kept reminding myself to take it slow, walk and stretch when I needed to, and just have a good long run so I would feel good about the distance. My training hasn’t been ideal for this race, but if I can do 10 miles by myself, I know I can do 13.1 in a race.
After a successful long run, Nick and I went to my favorite restaurant in Philly, FARMiCiA, for brunch. I totally forgot to take pictures, but I had an awesome mimosa and a crab, tomato, spinach, and mushroom omelette.
Yummmmmm. So basically, I had a perfect weekend.
Today is the official start of the Frisky Fall Challenge with Tone It Up. This challenge is 8 weeks long and leads up to Halloween. I’ve been looking forward to starting this challenge ever since they announced it. I figured I would share my goals with you all for this challenge.
If you want to follow me and all my Tone It Up workouts and whatnot you can add me on Instagram @somanysarahstiu
I was so excited to start, that I even woke up a few times during the night (a la like when it was the first day of school) thinking I had overslept my morning workout.
This morning called for an awesome (and quick) stair circuit workout. You can see it here. This workout is definitely going into my regular rotation. It has you run up and down a flight of stairs and then do push-ups or burpees etc. I’m saving the second workout (a toning routine) for this afternoon.
If you want to join the Frisky Fall Challenge, it’s not too late! And it’s FREE! You can see this week’s schedule here!
Have you ever volunteered for a race? Are you doing the Frisky Fall Challenge?