After a busy Saturday of taking the boys to visit Nana and her bionic knee (she is doing awesome, by the way) I wasn't up for a run. I kept my fingers crossed Sunday would still be warm. And now all you Southerners can laugh because by warm I meant in the twenties or thirties. Sad indeed.
Somehow it was still "warm" on Sunday. The running gods were smiling on me, oh yes they were. I layered up, it wasn't THAT warm, and headed out armed with some good tunes and the desire to get some sort of half marathon training in.
On my original plan, the one I had to scrap because
Nine miles wasn't in the cards for a variety of reasons, mostly because I didn't want to injure myself by trying too many miles too fast. Oh and because I knew I would be unable to run nine miles. That's no joke.
My goal was four miles, five if I was really feeling it. I also had a just in case goal of three miles. Just in case I didn't feel good or my legs were super tired.
At three miles I was still feeling good. I know I have mentioned this before but I will tell you again (Meg's Awesome Running Tip #349), I have found running away from my home or starting location for half the distance I am aiming for and then turning around and running back works the best for me. Three miles doesn't seem so bad if you break it down into 1.5 away from the house and then turning around and heading home.
At three miles I figured I would go for four, but I would head away from the house for that mile knowing I had to head back at least another mile which would put me at five.
I felt great the entire time. Only thing, I should have planned better and brought water. I wasn't dying of thirst or anything but by the time I got home I was ready to chug a gallon of water. Oh, and fuel. I need to start bringing fuel to practice fueling on my long runs. I was STARVING by the time I got home.
About halfway through mile four, a blizzard struck.
|The picture doesn't do it justice. There was a lot of blowing snow.|
|My training long runs should be about 13:30 per mile. Not bad.|
After an awesome run I did not eat everything in the house like I really, really wanted to do. I had a grilled cheese and homemade soup, all no sugar added things. Hubs has hockey on Sunday night so I knew I would be flying solo so I went to the store and got some healthy treats for my Oscar Viewing Party. I don't know if it was the run or just being in such a good mental place but I ended up with a small container of bean dip and some tzaziki. And when I had my party I ended up slicing up a cucumber and using that instead of tortilla chips. Who is this person?!?