Holiday Weekend

A three day weekend for most in the observation of Labor Day.  What is Labor day?  Does it really matter as long as I get a day off of work?  So what is Labor Day?

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

With that being said, Labor day sounds like a good training opportunity.

My weekend started with a trip to Party House liquor.  A new west side liquor store that has a pretty good selection of beer.  I got some Miller Chill, and for an appetiser, RedHook Long Hammer IPA.  The Long Hammer IPA is somewhat of a new beer for the Redhook Brewing Co.  I discovered it on a trip to the brewery in Washington late last year.   It is hard to come by around here so you can imagine my surprise when I found it here in Springfield.

The work week tension was now at ease and the family decided to head to the Ethnic Festival on Friday night.  Like I didn’t get enough of the Fair, that I felt the need to go back and indulge in food and beer..

While at the Ethnic Festival, we ran into my wife’s sister who just happened to be working at a beer stand.  How convenient…  I also ran it Billy Owens.  It is always a good sign when the fast guys are kicking back some beers!

Needless to say Friday night put a hamper on Saturday’s training schedule.  It took me a while to get moving, and I don’t think I ever accelerated past a snails pace.  Late morning I was able to make it to the weight room and get a good session in.

But it wasn’t until around 5 o’clock that I manage to get my running shoes on and sweat out some of the “evil” as my sister Kim would say.  I went out with my iPod attached and took in some much needed podcast.  EndurancePlanet is one of my favorites to listen to and Kevin Patrick produces a short but great show.  You can expect a tail of an endurance athlete in around 10 minutes. 

While taking in the last three episodes I covered around six miles at a mediocre pace.  It felt great!