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Long Run & Pizza
Saturday morning I had wanted to really sleep in. I made it to about 8 am because Maddie was barking like a crazy nut downstairs. It was really cold out, so I decided to procrastinate on my run. I just kind of piddled around the house wasting time.

Jason and I finally set out for our long run around 11:15. It was sunny, but pretty windy and in the upper 40's. I of course ended up over dressing. I never seem to learn. We ended up getting in 7 miles together then I made a stop at the house to get more water, drop off my gloves, take a gel then headed back out to finish out another 3.25 miles. I almost went for 11 but stopped at 10.25. My body thanked me.

I stretched out for a while before cleaning up and donning my compression socks. Then we headed out for lunch. We were both starving and feeling lazy about cooking or even re-heating leftovers. We ended up at a yummy pizza joint we love called Pizza Cafe. I'll admit that we rarely go there unless it's patio weather. Their inside just isn't very exciting. But the pizza was totally worth it.

After lunch, back in PJs and more being lazy. This was a theme for us over the long holiday weekend. We did end up making chili for dinner while just listening to music and enjoying the evening.

My First Brick
Sunday morning I made myself stay in bed until a whopping 8:45. I almost felt guilty...almost. I had gotten up around 6-ish, but made it a point to crawl back in bed and stay there. I wasn't fully sleeping, just sort of dozing in and out. But it was really nice and indulgent to just stay in that warm, comfy bed.

I ended up going for a 4-mile run at 11. I had originally planned to make it a slow, easy run, but was feeling peppy so I pushed it a bit. I ended up with a 8:36 average and actually eked out an 8:20 for mile 3. Whoop!

After the run, I quickly changed into cycling gear. Normally a brick would be the ride first then the run, but I'm not training for a triathlon or anything, but it still counts as a brick right?

The plan was for my running buddy to meet me and Jason at our house to go for a bike ride. Yep, she cycles too. So, 2nd outing on my new bike and we were starting from the house. This means traffic. I was nervous to say the least.

We rode down to the parking lot at Heifer International again to do a bit more practicing. "A" is still trying to get used to clipping in, so it really was good for the both of us. After the practice, we headed out on the river trail.

It was definitely windy, but the sun was out, and it was a gorgeous day. I will say my sits-bones were a wee bit bruised feeling from Friday. So after an hour, I was really uncomfortable. Ok, mild understatement. We ended up with a 2-hour ride (I think A said it was 19 miles). Really great way to spend a gorgeous day other than the sore bum.

After cleaning up, I stretched and rolled out on my Triggerpoint Kit. Jason went and got a haircut while I watched mindless TV. Again, you're seeing a theme of some laziness going on. But, I was productive too so it all balances out right?

I did muster up enough energy to make some homemade ciabata bread to go with soup for dinner. Though, I do use the bread machine to do the hard work before turning out the dough for the baking part. It was still yummy though and allowed me to be lazy but feel like I was doing something really productive ;-)

I feel like the extended weekend was a great combination of productivity and flat out relaxing. Do you do well with balancing both being productive and lazy?

It's a fine line sometimes, but it feels so good when you pull it off. And I think it's so important to realized that the word lazy isn't always a bad thing. We deserve to just "be" sometimes and not be so consumed in how much we can cram into a day. What good is that if you're not enjoying the day?

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