Monday, April 29, 2013

Ug. It's done (and with a good [surprising] pace)

After 8.5 yesterday (and a hike and weeding and mowing part of the lawn), doing 5.5 today seemed like a rotten idea. My legs were tired and stiff and didn't want to run. But, I did it anyway. I did the downtown loop, and on the first half of the run - you know, the half where I had the most energy - I hit every single red light. On the last half (when I was starting to fatigue), I couldn't catch a red light for love nor money! But, I'm done and with a great pace considering everything!
Stats: 5.45 miles in 56:16 for a 10:19mpm pace

Sunday, April 28, 2013

LROY! (Longest Run of Year, so far)

LROY! I should have done this run on Saturday when it was a bit cooler and the route would have been more fun. Instead, I was dehydrated from a dinner of 4 cosmopolitans, some dry Froot Loops and smoked almonds. Yes. I'm brilliant. So, I ran on Sunday, about an hour later than I wanted to, and it was miserable. I was still dehydrated although not as badly. I ran the USU loop with an extra half mile at the track on my way. Then, I ran up to the golf course and back. I was wiped by the time I got home. But, it was my LROY, and my pace wasn't horrible!
Stats: 8.45 miles in 1:34:04 for an 11:08mpm pace

Thursday, April 25, 2013

negative split - might be my first of the year!

Yes! My pace is getting back to where it should be. I ran the work/Liberty loop today, and I tried to run some fartleks through part of the park. I'm no worse for the wear. At the half-way point, I checked my watch (23:20) and knew exactly what I would have to do to make a negative split run (46:39minimum). At the three-quarters point, I was certain that I was going to miss it. I finished at 45:55 - a full 45 seconds ahead of my original goal. YAY!
Stats: 4.48 miles in 45:55 for a 10:15mpm pace

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

group run #1

Today was our first group run for the 1/2 mary in July. It could have been better. Carol's base is really low, so she is running slower than usual. She kept telling me to go ahead, but honestly, I don't have much longer to run with her before she moves away. Besides, we had a lot of gabbing to do!
So, really, we didn't run in much of a group. It was basically just Carol and I - just like we like it.
Stats: 4.04 miles in 49:23 for a 12:13mpm pace

Monday, April 22, 2013

1/2 mary training begins today!

I had good intentions today, but [blowing raspberry]. I managed to get 1.3 miles in before carpool picked me up. Then, I got another 1.8 in after I got to work. Nothing to squawk about, but I met the training plan for my summertime half-mary. Yes. It's true. I'm running a half on July 13 with about 30 other people from work. We have access to a very popular local coach, and we have weekly group runs and weekly information sessions. I'm looking forward to this. Hobbler Half, July 13!
Stats: 3.11 miles in 33:11 for a 10:40mpm pace

Monday, April 8, 2013

Christmas ornaments

To keep the boys busy, I bought some cheap wooden craft ornaments to paint. This would allow me time to cook, make candy, clean, and whatever else needed to be done at the last minute. Instead of doing all of those things, I decided to get in on the action, too. I made Tough Mudder and Ragnar Vegas ornaments for my 2012 teammates.

Yes. They look kind of hokey, but I never claimed to be an artist. Plus, I had entirely the wrong brush. Oh well. I had fun, and besides, it’s the thought that counts, right?
My friends have probably since shoved these things in the back of a drawer somewhere.
Then, after sending them all off, I realized that I forgot to make one for myself! Oh well.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What in the hell have I been doing (besides eating desserts, chocolate, and chips)?

Oh my gosh. That was miserable.
I ran at lunch, and it's suddenly nice and warm outside. So, of course, I was overheating.
I was wearing an OLD pair of shoes because Bub stuck mine in the washer yesterday. I don't know why. These shoes were... UG...
I drank one glass of water yesterday, and that's being generous. Mostly, it was a six-pack of beer.
In all, this run sucked.
HOWEVER, I got on the scale today, and was completely sickened by what I saw. NOT running was NOT an option.
Stats: 3.1 miles in 33:48 for a 10:54mpm pace