Life totally took over the past two weeks. I actually took a week off from my training schedule last week. I did no formal exercise whatsoever for one week. It was a very difficult decision but something had to give. I worked extra, Carlos was on school vacation last week, we had play dates, I had a hair appointment (holy grey!) and I had a couple of pre-planned commitments to speak to two Girl Scout troops about the Peace Corps and my experience in Mozambique for their World Thinking Day. Oh and somewhere in there I had to sleep, cook, clean and do laundry. So needless to say exercise took a back seat for the first time in a very long time.
It was a conscious decision to take the week off. I wish I could say that I was vigilant about eating light and healthy all week, but it seems as though hormones and stress took over. I overdid it here and there and felt just horrible. But it’s over. The week is done.
The old me would have probably just ditched exercise all together and continued allowing more and more “treats” as snacks until clothing didn’t fit and I was right back to where I started. I’m happy to report that my clothing still fits, the scale didn’t beat me up and I started the week off with a 10 mile run on Sunday. Yesterday morning while Carlos was at school I ran 9 miles just because I felt like it. The morning was gorgeous and I had the time so I went with how my legs felt. They felt like running!
I’ve been trying to get my race schedule set for the year, but some of the race registrations haven’t opened up yet. Last night I was finally able to register for my first international race.
I will be running the Lisbon, Portugal Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on September 30, 2012!! Oddly enough my husband and I had decided on a vacation in Portugal in September. I love incorporating races into vacations. It’s a fun way to see a new place and usually the race environment is very family friendly.
Now I just have to plan our trip! We are hoping to see as much of the small country as we can. My husband, of course, wants to see a soccer game. I don’t mind I actually like going to games. There will be some beach action and maybe a visit to a winery or two. Yes we are taking Carlos, but neither Orlando nor I are big drinkers. I just love visiting vineyards and trying a sip or two. They are usually beautiful places and often have good restaurants on site or nearby. If anyone reading this has ever been to Portugal please let me know what you enjoyed about your travels there. We would love recommendations on places to go, things to do and of course places to eat.