Sunday was a rest day. I took T Junior for a walk in the sun in the morning. I didn’t wear my Garmin or anything. We just went out to enjoy the sunshine on a little stroll around the neighborhood. And T Junior actually left his sunglasses on! Then Mr. T joined us at the little park near our house.
T Junior loooves to swing all of a sudden. Just a few days ago he would cry if I put him in the swing.
Now, he cries when I take him out.
Yeah, we’ve reached the tantrum stage. I guess I knew it was coming. He is almost 2. Is it bad that I laugh when he does this?
I couldn’t wait for the Olympics to start, but now that they’re on, I can’t wait till they are over. NBC shows all the good stuff past 10 p.m., so like everyone, I’ve been staying up too late and then hating life in the morning.
Still, I managed to get out from under the electric blanket on Monday morning (after hitting the snooze button at 6:15). On the training schedule was a 5-miler.
Monday’s run was really tough. I had to talk myself out of quitting numerous times.
It was cold (although, I feel like a wimp saying that when some of you run in much colder temps). At 5 minutes to 7, I was happy that it was clear and already light out, but going from the warmth of my living room into the 30-degree weather made it hard for me to adjust my breathing. I felt like I had to sneeze for the first mile and my eyes were watering so bad I could barely see. The cold stung my wet cheeks, and I jogged in and out of cul-de-sacs with one eye shut and one lid blinking madly.
Even though my route is mostly flat, my legs felt heavy like I was running uphill the entire time. I never made it out of the 11-minute pace. I willed my feet to turn over faster. But they wouldn’t.
The first time I wanted to quit was at about .15 miles into the run. I realized that I did two things wrong before I even left my house: stay-cool pants and no music.
What was I thinking?
First, it was cold out. In my mind at 6:30 a.m., long pants meant warmth. I forgot they have that moisture-wicking stay-cool technology. And, second, I didn’t feel like hassling with my Zune. I was running late. I had to be home by 8, so I just wanted to get out the door. In hindsight, I probably would have finished my run faster with those two things.
My legs just never warmed up. After 2.5 miles, I stopped to stretch thinking that might help. That didn’t work, but my hands got really hot and then I was stuck carrying my gloves because the fleece I was wearing does not have zippered pockets and I could not get the gloves to squish in my iFitness belt with my phone.
My other problem was that I wanted to run some hill repeats. There’s a significant hill in my neighborhood, but at the top of it is the bus stop for the junior high school (I think that’s how old the kids are). I didn’t feel like running past judgmental teenagers over and over again, especially with all the jiggling I was feeling back there.
Luckily, I sort of know when that bus picks up because in the past I’m just finishing up my early morning run when it blasts by. This morning, running later than usual, I thought, Oh, they’ll be gone by the time I get to the hill.
Guess what? That’s the same spot for the high school bus and the middle school bus and some other bus. Why so many busses?!
So I ran five hills with random kids either at the top or the bottom of the stupid hill. The weirdest look I got was from one kid’s mom, who was driving her son to the bus stop. Probably so he didn’t have to walk up that brutal hill.
Actually, I’m not sure where this hill rates on the brutality scale. It’s about 1/10 of a mile long, and I don’t know the elevation. I can’t figure it out on my Garmin, but it looks to be a 10% grade, I think.
I switched over to hills when I was just shy of 4 miles. I did 5 hill repeats, resting for 30 seconds at the bottom. I couldn’t remember if I was supposed to walk down after running up or if I was supposed to run. I walked down once and then decided jogging down would be
After I was finished with the hills, I felt warmed up and knew I could run more, but it was almost 8, so I headed home and didn’t quite make my scheduled 5 miles.
4.36 Miles – 2/22/10 – 48:43
Average pace: 11:10
Mile 1: 11:13
Mile 2: 11:04
Mile 3: 11:07
Mile 4: 11:17 (hills, but not bad, eh?)
.36 miles: 11:02 pace
Before I hopped in the shower, I did 80 crunches on Mr. Bouncy. After I was done, T Junior leaned on the exercise ball and yelled, “One. Two. Ten!” I wanted to do arms, too, and some leg exercises, but I ran out of time because we were headed to story time.
So, what did I learn Monday?
1. I need to run to music.
2. I don’t run well early in the morning. Especially when it’s cold.
3. There are a lot of school busses in my neighborhood.
4. Even though hills are tough, I like them.
What did you learn this week?
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