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Face The Music Friday #50

on September 5, 2014

Saturday – 7 miles

Sunday – 3 mile ruck

Monday – Rest (kind of)

Tuesday – 3 miles

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 3 miles

Friday – Rest


Ohhh this week! It’s been interesting. Training runs done, that’s all I can really ask for.

I did my long run this weekend on Saturday to get it out of the way for a planned ruck with friends on Sunday. Originally, we thought Julie and Dan were coming down to hang out Friday night/Saturday, but they changed their mind. This freed me up to make that change with the run. I got home from it around 1pm and then found out they were coming down after all and just staying Saturday night instead. Woo hoo! We had a fun time! We watched the premiere Doctor Who episode again since Dan hadn’t seen it yet, checked out a new restaurant for dinner and had our first scorpion bowl (well, for me and Tara anyway) and then played Pictionary outside on the deck in the dark. It wasn’t as hard as it sounds because we have a patio umbrella light, plus candles. Very fun day!


Check out that carrot flower!


Sunday we just kind of lazed around with them and they took off around 10:30. We had plans to meet with friends for a hike at 4pm so we just kind of hung out until then. We picked one of them up around 3:30 and met the other one there, at Parker Woodland. I packed my full ruck (4 bricks, 100 oz water bladder) for training, as did the other women. Parker Woodland is the first place Tara and I had started hiking last year so it was nice to go back. It’s a nice little hike, but lots of rolling hills made rucking interesting. Afterwards, we booked it home, split up so we could get showered and changed and we all went to see Guardians of the Galaxy (finally!!!!). I loved the movie and had a great time, but one woman fell asleep and Tara said she didn’t like it. Oh well!



I had wanted Monday to be a relaxing day since it was the end of a busy long weekend, but nooooo. We ended up taking down the pool finally (it takes a few days to drain) and putting that away. I also re-caulked the shower/tub. Let’s not forget that summer decided to show up finally and it was near 90 with about 1000% humidity Sunday and Monday (and during this week). That wasn’t a great choice for doing manual labor.

I had a pretty nasty run Tuesday night. I headed out for 3 miles (can I get a woo hoo for tapering?!) and about 3/4 mile in I noticed my left thigh felt like it was chafing. Well, when I ran at 5pm it was still like 86* and ridiculous humidity so just thought maybe it finally caught up with me. I always wear compression shorts to avoid the chub rub, but you never know. I spent the next 2.25 miles fiddling with my shorts legs to see if I could situate them just right. By the time I got home I was in agony and knew I was going to have a mark of some sort. Turns out, the seam had finally given out (they were nowhere near new shorts) and there was a hole a little bigger than a quarter. So essentially, my left thigh had been rubbing the seam of my right thigh almost the whole run. I’ll spare you the picture, but I’ve got a mark about 6 inches long that is just pure, raw skin. I immediately went on Amazon and ordered a new pair that I had before my 3 miles last night, so all was right with the world again. Didn’t even notice the chafing while I had them on!

One more thing I just HAVE to talk about is Chik-fil-a. They opened their first store in RI and it just so happens to be about 5-10 minutes from my house, between home and work. I heard on Wednesday that people were already lining up for the grand opening on Thursday, so I took a detour on my way home to see these chuckleheads. I guess the first 100 people in line would all get 1 meal free per week for a year, so they were camping out. It was ridiculous. So here is a picture of their tent city.



This weekend I’ll be doing my first 5K with all 3 of my compadres – Tara, Julie and Dan. I’m really excited to do a race with them, even though we’ll likely be walking it. But hey, the race is in a zoo, so wouldn’t you want to walk anyway???

For this week’s song, I chose one that I’ve always found beautiful when I’ve heard it on Spotify, but never really paid much attention to it. I watched The Great Gatsby remake over the weekend and it made it even more haunting.

Lana Del Ray – Young And Beautiful








22 responses to “Face The Music Friday #50

  1. Debbie @ Deb Runs says:

    Awww, playing pictionary outside on the deck with candles and umbrella lights with friends sounds like so much fun!

    Good luck and have fun at your 5K with Tara, Julie, and Dan! Have a great weekend!

  2. Kristin says:

    Fantastic workouts!! You’re awesome!! So dedicated!! Happy Friday!! XOXO!!

  3. cwupcake says:

    1- Jealous of your training week. I’ve been so bad this week and have only run once- 11 miles monday. The weather and other stuff has just been in the way.
    2- Love love love Lana Del Ray
    3- Have fun at your 5K!

  4. haleyduke17 says:

    Nice job with the workouts. I also love that song from Great Gatsby. I downloaded most of the album from iTunes when it dropped. And that carrot is too pretty to eat.

  5. Sounds like a great week! Glad you liked Guardians even tho the rest didn’t! I love Lana Del Ray too. Good luck this weekend with the race!

  6. biz319 says:

    I played scrabble with my Mom outside on Monday – so fun! And I don’t get the chik-fil-a thing – same thing happened in our town too when it came. A month later I finally checked it out and was like “THIS” is what the hubbub was all about? It was a tasteless chicken sandwich!

    Have fun this weekend!

    • Courtney says:

      I don’t get it either. I guess people are hard up for free chicken for a year. I personally will never go there or support them in any way due to their homophobic leadership, but I’m sure plenty of other people will. They’re on a very busy, popular road with lots of shopping plazas.

  7. dgobs says:

    Woo hoo for tapering! 🙂 Boo about the chafing fiasco, but glad that all is right with the world again. That line for Chik-fil-a is ridiculous! I went to one in Indiana a few years ago and didn’t think it was all it was hyped up to be. Good luck with your race this weekend!

    • Courtney says:

      The hype failing seems to be the consensus it seems!

      Thanks! I’m hoping that scheduled rain holds off. The percentage went down in RI, but we’ll be up at the Franklin Park Zoo in MA so that percentage hasn’t changed. Was 60% last time I looked, and of course the highest percentage at race time at 5pm! LOL

  8. I just watched the video..I love that song but now I see it in an entirely different light..I still have yet to watch the Gatsby movie. You think with a whole summer off I would’ve done that but oh well. Now I’m on a mission!!:)

    That sounds like a great weekend, minus the chafe. I absolutely sympathize/understand and am chafed right along with you. Owww.

    • Courtney says:

      I remember seeing Gatsby with Robert Redford years ago, but don’t remember much about it other than seeing it. I really liked the way they did this film and I really like the director (Baz Luhrman). He did the funky version of Romeo & Juliet with Leo in it, too. He always makes an awesome soundtrack, too.

  9. Those are pretty good workouts! Have fun at your 5k! Sorry about your shorts, I hate when a good running clothing goes bad!

    • Courtney says:

      That should be a TV show! LOL

      I hope we have fun at the 5K. We’re getting severe thunderstorm warnings now warning us about flash flooding. Rain is one thing – electrocution is another! HAHAHA

  10. d20girl says:

    Awesome week (minus the chafing!). It’s funny that you just took your pool down just as we put ours up! I got one on super sale and since we’ll have at least two more months of pool weather I didn’t want to wait until next year to use it! Hope next week is great and chafe free!

  11. Have a fabulous 5K with your buddies.

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