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!)