Ahhhh ... I can so feel it right now. Every time my hand wanders to something it shouldn't, my brain kicks in and I remember my goals. I'm gonna get there, I can feel it!
Friday I went out for a road run. My little dog Tia came along and was off and on - sometimes I was dragging her, other times she was ahead - makes for a very interesting run. On my 4th mile I decided to do some fartleks. Real runners won't laugh when they read that .... OK guess I'm not a real runner - hhahaha. Come on, can there not be a better word for those? I picked out a power pole and kicked it into high gear until the next pole (sometimes I did two poles), then slowed the pace for the next couple poles. I did this for a mile.
Then the fifth mile I tried to run steady hard for the whole mile. The last mile was painful, as in annoying. I reached the driveway at 5.2 miles so decided to run past home to get in that last mile. However Tia KNOWS where we live and she wanted to go home - I didn't. She loves to go out and she loves to go home. So for the next mile she kept putting on the brakes. Her collar came off FOUR times in half a mile - GRRR! But then we turned around and she was all for sprinting home.
Here's my splits:
- mile 1 - 8:29
- mile 2 - 8:46
- mile 3 - 8:55 (big hill)
- mile 4 - 8:16 (fartleks)
- mile 5 - 8:14
- mile 6 - 8:23
- last 0.2 - 1:28 - 7:13 pace
Time - 52:34
Average Pace - 8:28
I'm pretty happy with that!
Right after that I had a quick shower then my MIL treated me to a nice pedicure. The woman who did it was awesome! I was there for about an hour and a half and she worked on me the whole time - for $35.
I got pretty HOT pink polish!
Yes, I have Flintstone feet (thanks Dad),
but they DO carry me on my runs so I don't hate them.
I also went down to the running store this weekend and REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!!!! YAY!!!! March 13th! It finally feels real. I can't wait.
While there I bought myself a couple little goodies.
On Sunday my husband and I went out for another run together. We took along the Sharkies and I put the Ultima Orange into my water.
The Ultima was great. I don't know that I noticed any difference from it, but it tasted good and wasn't sweet. It just has a very slight flavour to it. I want to try some other products, but so far this gets the thumbs up.
The Sharkies ... hmmmm! They taste awesome! We had a couple before we left and it was hard not to eat the whole bag. Around 6 miles into our run I figured we'd have a couple more and see what we thought. The verdict ... a little annoying! Maybe it takes some practice and skill but chewing while running is awkward and it seemed to take forever to get them down. They kind of gum up in your mouth. We both thought the same thing. The search continues ....
When we started out it was 2°C/35°F and there was a thin layer of ice on the ditch water. We've been having highs of 15°C/59°F, so this feels pretty cold. I felt frozen! The sun was also shining and it was promising to be quite warm, so I had dressed light (by the end it was up near the projected high and I'd stripped down to my tank). The first couple of miles I felt like a running popsicle and it showed in my pace. But then it warmed up and my husband started pushing me. I think our 10K time was just over 53 minutes.
I'm quite excited to do a 10K road race this year .. though I don't know when my next one will be.
All in all a successful weekend and I feel great!
Hope everyone had a good weekend too!