Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday = FAIL ... Sunday = Success

What an interesting weekend!

Saturday

I woke up at 4:00AM to meet some friends for my "Easy 13-15 miler." For some reason, I just wasn't feeling it. I was trying to get my mind and body into the run, but I just couldn't. The goal was to keep all of the miles under 9:00. The first mile came around in 9:13. Though a little upset, I kept going. We ran the next mile in 9:33. The worse part was that it wasn't easy. My stomach was hurting and I was basically sleep walking. Heading to bed at midnight probably wasn't my smartest move, especially after an entire week of 5-5:30AM running. I guess I'm not super woman after all. HA! All I could think about was heading back to bed ... NOW! I said my goodbyes to the group, ran back to the car and drove myself home. I was back in bed by 6AM and didn't wake up until 10:30AM. Guess I needed that sleep after all.

Total run: 3.27 miles in 30:15

The worse part about quitting is that I felt guilty all day long. Luckily, David had to wake up early to go fishing on Sunday, so there wasn't any temptation to go out and indulge!

Sunday

Since I was running solo (everyone else actually ran on Saturday), I decided to sleep in a little. I'd take my chances with the heat and humidity. Plus, David and I didn't think it was that safe for me to run in the complete darkness by myself! So, I got to Ballast Point right at 6:30AM.

I was determined to have a better run ... all splits under 9:00. My schedule said easy and said 13-15. I knew I wanted to go closer to 15. So, I headed out on Bayshore. I had actually eaten breakfast this morning (not typical) and was carrying my new Nathan Handheld Water Bottle. Immediately, I hated the water bottle. It was heavy and awkward and I just felt very weighted down. I know ... very silly! But, I'm not used to holding a water bottle while running. Since I left a little later than normal, though, I knew it would be important to stay hydrated. A couple of times, I felt like turning around to take the water bottle back, but I kept going down Bayshore and then headed over to Davis Island. Davis Island was shaded, too, which was very nice! A little after an hour, I decided to turn around. I was extremely happy with my splits and was nervous that they would eventually slow down. My goal was to stay easy ... but, everytime I thought I was slowing down, I'd look down and be running an 8:20 pace. Oh well. I'll take that!

I kept hydrating about twice a mile. I took a gu at 60 minutes and at 90 minutes. Since I carried my water bottle, I even ran and took my gu's. No stopping today!! :) Well, I did stop once ... briefly! I'd bet it was less than a minute total. At mile 7.77, I found a water fountain and my bottle was almost empty. I stopped quickly to refill.

On the way back, I saw dolphins. There were 5 of them!! Unbelievable.

14.25 miles: 2:00:59

Splits

8:46
8:36
8:32
8:28
8:33
8:31
8:32
8:28
8:23
8:27
8:33
8:28
8:26
8:15
1:53 (7:32 pace) .25

I was so happy with this! After a quick stop by Starbucks (YUM Vivanno Smoothie) on the way home, I headed downstairs to the condo gym to work out my upper body and core. I've had a very productive morning since ... maybe a little too productive. Let's just say the entire house is spotless. Naptime now! :)

7 comments:

  1. definitely a great way to bounce back after an icky run :) champ! very beastly effort on the 14

    and way to be productive after the run! i need to channel some of that hah

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  2. Way to bag the run when you knew it wasn't there, and awesome job hitting it today!
    When I first got my handheld it annoyed me too, but the heat is too brutal to go without in the summer, it took a while but I got used to it.
    Great job on an uber-productive Sunday!!!

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  3. Good for you to call it quits...so true about sleep and its good to hear bc I was actually starting to think you were superwoman! Great successful Sunday run...isn't it the best when you get a long run in, get errands done and then take an afternoon nap?? Its the only time I don't feel guilty about napping!

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  4. Great job on the run! Glad it worked out for you on Sunday!

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  5. Sometimes a little guilt can carry you. ;) Nice job!

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  6. Awesome run Mrs. Speedster! Your hard work and dedication is paying off already! I see a BQ in your future!! Keep going, you are doing amazing :)

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  7. Nice recovery from a tough outing on Saturday with a killer run on Sunday. Those splits are awesome, both in terms of the timing and the consistency between them all. Your journey to Boston is looking strong!

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