Let’s just jump right into this, shall we?
Rest day! Sunday, we got up and left for the dog show in Puyallup. Me and Mr. T are “crazy dog show” people. It is our hobby. We like it because it’s something we do as a family. We love our dogs and they have a blast at shows, especially when they get treats from “Ms. Cindy,” their handler. I haven’t talked much about dog showing here because a) this blog is about running, b) Lucy finished her championship in the spring and is done showing, c) Annie is a “couch” dog and d) AJ is gone.
That morning, me and Mr. T had an argument. It’s okay. It was over something really dumb and I was like, Ah yes, it wouldn’t be a dog show day without a fight. We always have “little discussions” on show days. We are Meg and Hamilton Swan at shows.
T Junior seemed to have a good time at the show. He’s been before, but it’s been a long time and he doesn’t remember, of course. Here he is at his first show in Portland when he was just under a month old — July 23, 2008!
He looks like a little puppy!
To be perfectly honest, I wanted to go running after we got home from the Puyallup show on Sunday, but I didn’t. I knew I’d be getting up early the next morning anyway.
And sure enough, the alarm clock went off at 6:15 a.m. on Monday. I hit snooze, but then got up before the 9-minute reminder went off.
I was excited to get out there and do some fartleks. And it was so fun! I would haul-a$$ and then slow down and run comfortable. Then I would haul-a$$ again! I wondered what people in their cars thought about this lady out sprinting in the dark.
3 Miles – 1/18/10 – 31:18
Average Pace: 10:25
Mile 1: 11:08
Mile 2: 10:24
Mile 3: 9:43 (woohoo!)
My new shoes are feeling great! So far, I’m very happy with the New Balance 760s. I have not been on a long run yet, so I will have to decide after that.
Turns out Monday was beautiful with sunshine and temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s! Would’ve been a perfect day to run in the afternoon. Oh well. I noticed one really good thing: it is getting a little bit lighter earlier in the morning. And the dark is holding off until later in the evening! It’s a start.
This was at about 7:15. (AJ used to like that fire hydrant. Hehe.)
Back in the Secret Gym on Tuesday. I decided, after last week’s overheating incident, that I would wear my new running skirt. I was nervous. It’s pretty revealing for me. I kinda like to stay mostly covered. Plus, what if there were other people in the gym?! Gasp!
I changed in the bathroom and I pretty much felt naked in my skirt and tank top. Nobody was in the gym, though, and I hopped on the treadmill for three miles. Last night, I downloaded some TV shows for my Zune so I would have something to look at besides the digital miles slowly, slowly ticking by.
I set my Zune up against the display and it made the treadmill freak out! I don’t know what it was doing, but one time it just started to slow down on me. So I was about 1.25 miles into it when I had to shut it down and start over! Argh! I ran another 1.5, but then had to get off and change so I could get back to work. I’m not sure how long it took because of this.
And, dude. I was so sweaty! And so glad I was in my skirt (although one woman came in the gym while I was mid-run, but I was so in the zone that I didn’t care).
Okay. I’m being brave:
(I need a hot-weather running shirt.)
By the way, I drank 88 ounces of water on Tuesday. I probably sweated 22 ounces of it during that workout.
Today was basically exactly the same as Tuesday, except I didn’t set my Zune against the treadmill controls.
I wore the same outfit (washed it last night, don’t worry).
I downloaded a TV show for my Zune (Hammertime — it’s just okay; I felt like he was trying too hard to be the next Run’s House, which I loved).
I even drank 88 ounces of water again and sweated out 22 on that darn treadmill.
I do not know how runners can do high mileage on those things. It was gorgeous outside today — sunny and almost 60 degrees — but I didn’t bring the Garmin to work with me, so I stuck with my plan to go to the gym. I was so hot, even in my skimpy skirt and tank top because I had to run really fast to get 3 miles in before I had to get back to work.
1/20/10 – 3-Mile Treadmill Run: approx. 31 minutes
10:20 average pace
I received a box today from Champion (yay!) so I will be testing some gear on Friday during a 3-miler and on Saturday, an 8-miler. (I’m trying to get some longer runs in before the Million Inch Run (15.78 miles), a free race on Feb. 13th that I signed up to run with some of my local virtual bloggy buddies!)
Yay for the cute running skirt! I have one for you, as well. 🙂 T Jr looks so adorable as a wee little baby. So excited about Champion!! 🙂
You seriously need to get more running skirts… cute cute cute! Don't be shy, you look good girl!Cutest baby pic ever. Love the snuggie thing he was in.
Cute skirt! You look great! Have a wonderful time testing the Champion gear. That's so exciting!I'm impressed with your treadmill runs. I'm a bit scared of more than one mile on the treadmill.
Cute skirt!! One of my favorite hot weather running tops is a champion tank with a seperate but attached sports bra (if that makes sense. It's just attached at the shoulder seams.) Maybe they'll send you one!!
I need Champion to send me a box of stuff. I'm actually waiting for Asics to send me some new shoes to test but I think they lost my address or something.I like fartleks too. They're fun!
Wow farts in the dark! You are hardcore! :0 Glad you enjoyed those and the dog show–how fun and how cute is that baby pic??
Wow look at your legs hot stuff!!! And that pic of T Jr. Oh my gosh. SO CUTE!!
OK ADORABLE!! Love it.. You will love the Million Inch run…we will all be cheering you on for sure..
Super cute skirt. I really want one for myself. What brand is yours? Do you like or love it?
Okay – question of the day – how do you pronounce “Puyallup”?Way to hit the gym and get it done. By the way – there's no reason that you *should* be feeling nervous. Show off your work product!
I am a (fairly new) runner and along-time dog shower! Nice to meet you! (I am addicted to running skirts, you look great in yours!)