I ran 5.35 miles today in 63 minutes!!! That's the best I have EVER done! For those of you who've been following ... I started running (for the first time in my life) last spring and then gave it up in late summer. I tried again in the fall with a "Couch to 10K" program, which is supposed to last 13 weeks ... I've now been at it technically 20 weeks and this evening I completed the 8th week of the program. I had some fits and starts, and a number of weeks that I repeated as I wasn't sure I was yet ready (physically or mentally) to move on. But overall ... this program has been transformational!
To say that I am thrilled with my progress would be SUCH an understatement! I had really struggled over the past month ... I was now running far enough (5 minutes running for each 1 minute of walking over an hour) that just training on the weekends wasn't working any more, I needed some mid-week endurance runs as well. But with the dark days in Seattle (I won't run in the dark and I can't stand treadmills) I wasn't getting the mid week training that I needed.
So this week I decided enough was enough. I put a 4PM running appointment on my calendar for Tuesday and Thursday and today I kept my appointment ... it was great. The Interurban Trail is a biking trail that goes right by the office and I was able to get out and run, come back before dark for a quick meeting with one of my employees and then get home, showered and fed by 6:30 ... it was perfect!
I've also made some progress on my next envelope quilt -- Sarah ... I promise a tutorial on this one! If you remember, I designed this last summer and gave it to my sister-in-law for her birthday.
I am not so good in the 'planning' department for quilting and I know that I often waste a great deal of time because I cut, piece, sew, iron then cut, piece, sew, iron then cut, piece, sew, iron (you get the picture).
So Saturday evening was spent cutting. Cutting 448 - 5" squares (half solid and half print). I am making a smaller quilt (50" x 60") for a community outreach program to a senior citizen's home and then a larger one (60" x 70") for my guest room at the cabin. In the cabin, this will be the brown on top of the bed that ties into the box spring cover I blogged about here.
I'll share photos soon ... as the dark brown with the Moda Momo fabrics really creats some great contrast!
I hope you are all finding a little time for yourselves as well.
All the best