Zumbaing at THON

18 Feb

Hey there. I hope your weekend was marvelous. I slept. a lot. but let me back up…

As I know I mentioned last week, Thursday was pretty crazy for me at work. So when I woke up Friday I decided that going into work an hour late was a-okay. Once I got into work, I looked at my vacation time balance and decided to head home after lunch. So I worked approximately 3 hours on friday. It was glorious. I then spent the evening relaxing, doing the 30 day shred, and relaxing some more. Perfect.

Saturday I had to wake up SO early. like, 4 am early. I had a really great reason though. I live near Penn State University, and this weekend was their huge THON weekend. THON is a yearly dance marathon that raises money for pediatric cancer though the Four Diamonds Fund. This past weekend, the dancers were on their feet for 46 hours. They raised 12.3 million dollars! That is an insane amount of money for a really amazing cause! If you want to learn more about THON, check out their website.

I was up at 4 am because my Zumba teacher had the opportunity to teach a short Zumba class as part of THON weekend. She asked for volunteers and I jumped on board immediately. We were stationed in a side gym, and dancers and their teams could come and go and dance with us as they pleased. It was a really awesome experience to see (and dance with) just some of the students involved in the weekend. We went through 3 or 4 songs, for a total of about 20 minutes. It was a ton of fun.

After Zumba-ing, I drove home, hopped in the shower, and jumped right back into bed. I may or may not have stayed in bed until 12:30, dozing on and off. 😉 I can’t remember the last time I was in bed that late, so it was nice. 🙂

Somehow, after waking up, I managed to lug my butt out the door to do a 6 mile tempo run. Not gonna lie, this wasn’t great. I could make a million excuses, but the fact is I didn’t hit my paces that I was supposed to, and the second half I really struggled. You win some you lose some I guess.

The rest of the weekend was filled with a little of this and a little of that. Nothing too notable.

This morning I got out of bed to hit the treadmill for a little speed work. Splits:
1 – 14:50 easy
2 – 3/4 mile @ 11:49 pace, 1/4 mile at easy pace
3 – 3/4 mile @ 11:39 pace, 1/4 mile at easy pace
4 – 13:12 easy

This workout made me feel better about my pace, but it was on the treadmill so it’s not hard to keep up, ya know? I have to run 4 miles @ race pace on Thursday and I’m hoping that goes well. I could use a confidence boost!

And just a quick photo before I wrap things up. When I got into work today, I was greeted with this lovely site:

It's girl scout cookie time!

It’s girl scout cookie time!

YUM!

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2 Responses to “Zumbaing at THON”

  1. Jen February 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Sounds like a fun weekend. I remember the days of college Danceathons and surviving being awake all night!

  2. Stacey RunsandEats February 19, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    That is so awesome that you got to participate in the THON excitement. It is a great cause!!

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