Spring is in the air!

    Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  I had one of the best weekends in a while so I thought I would give you all a recap….

    I started the weekend getting up early and meeting up with my sister, Joanne (#103), for The Great Dreadmill Run.  We headed down to her gym which is WAY cooler then mine ( so jealous!) so we can run the virtual race together. This is the first time we have ever worked out together. It was a lot of fun! Although the picture shows my time at 37:56 is was closer to the 37:20 mark. I had some issues with taking a good picture – LOL.  I stuck around another 15 minutes or so walking while Jo finished her 5k. We were in this together. I was not about to ditch her! After we finished, I went to the weight room to do some dead lifts then get my stretching done.  It’s not really a room per say but still a larger area off to the side.  At my gym, the free weights and universals are in a line in front of the treadmills on display for all to watch.  All except one stack of dumbbells in the back corner “girls section” where I usually hide.  I did not feel intimidated walking in there but I was relieved to see a lady in the corner doing her workout. I started with my dead lifts and dead lift rows upping them each to 15lbs. I was able to make it through 2×10 each before I got KILLER cramps in my hamstrings.  You know the kind… where you feel like the muscles just ripped in half?  Yeah… I should have stretched better after the treadmill. So, that ended my time with the big boys…. I did 10 more minutes of nothing but stretching then met up with Jo to head home.  I walked out of there a little sore but feeling great!

    That afternoon, Dan and I needed to get out of the house and enjoy the nice weather.  There are a few quaint old towns around us that you can go to for eating and shopping. Because it was such a mild day, we decided to head for the river and have a late lunch in New Hope, PA.  New Hope is a great place to just walk around and people watch. There is such an eclectic mix of people and everyone is always so friendly. The area is also full of history. I love to look at the architecture of the old historic buildings! We first stopped at PJ’s to have a beer and a quick bite.  I have a weakness for pulled pork sandwiches so choosing from the large menu was easy.  After lunch, we made our way down the street checking out other bars along the way. Most of the bars are small since these were once people’s homes.  The next couple places were not full but there was no room at the bar and we did not feel like standing and feeling awkward.  So we moved on. We ended up at Mother’s Wine Bar & Restaurant.  I went with a Vodka Gimlet (a Mad Men drink! LOL).  I did have the tell the bartender what it was. It’s just lime juice and vodka but I had him top off the glass with some club soda. It was VERY tasty! I had declared at New Years that I was taking up vodka this year ( trying to branch out from Captain and diet coke). I think this is going to be my summer drink.  In moderation of course since it is 150 cal’s per drink. After this, we made our way back to the car. The winds changed and it was getting chilly…
    Our next stop was to a bar near by home called The Bull to kill an hour before our movie that we just decided to go see.  Just enough time for Dan to grab a steak sandwich and another round of drinks – Jack and Ginger this time.  We watched Identity Thief.  Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy were very entertaining.  I did not think it would be very funny since this theme of movie has been made many times (Planes, Trains and Automobiles or Due Date to name two).  However, they were able to pull it off! I would recommend you watch it.  If you have never heard of it, click on the link above to read more about it.

    Since at this point it was only 9:00 PM, we headed home and started season 4 of Mad Men.  Dan needed to get up at 6:00 AM for a work thing so we called it a night by 11:00.

    On Sunday we decided to go out for breakfast then get our shopping done early so that we can enjoy the rest of the nice weather.  I got some weeds pulled around the gardens and then spent 2 hours picking up sticks that had fallen over the winter. We had a few tree branches down too so Dan cut them up as well. The yard looked so much better without all that debris.  Now I am just waiting for the grass to turn green and for the weather to even out to warmer days in order to get some gardening done – approx the end of April in my area. It was nice to end the afternoon sitting out back with a beer and my Runners World magazine. We had homemade pizza for dinner.  Then we ended the weekend with more Mad Men before bed. 

   I really love when weekends are so easy and laid back. We are usually running around from one planned event to the next so it was nice to be spontaneous for a change! I am looking forward to the longer days and lazy afternoons that spring and summer bring.

   Did you do anything spontaneous or fun this weekend?


5 thoughts on “Spring is in the air!

  1. Great job on your virtual 5k!!! How exciting you got a bib and everything! Yes, running is hard on the hamstrings, which you learned after doing the strength training, so always good to stretch, stretch, stretch! 🙂

    Had a laid back weekend, waaay more laid back than you! I slept alot…was super drained from last week! But I did do a 4.3 mi run on Suday! Was a gorgeous day here too!

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