Done and Done

Picture stolen from another blog.

I unfailed today. (Yes, I just made up unfailed.)

At work, I formulated a plan. I checked the weather and it was supposed to be a good 10-15 degrees cooler today than it was yesterday. (Seriously this wacky weather shifting has got to stop. My allergies and sinuses can't take it.) I decided to use my $2 cooler (bargain at the garage sale) as my personal aid station, filling it with some propel and an energy gel or cliff bloks (I chose the margarita flavor with salt cliff bloks.) and leaving it on my porch. I needed to make and drink my recovery drink and drink it as soon as I got home. Then I'd change, get my gear together and go.

I executed my plan to perfection, almost. I didn't leave work on time. Everything else came together. I ran about 4 miles, stopped at my "aid" station, ate 3 bloks , downed 1/2 my propel, talked to my neighbor (she was asking how far I ran/run, etc) and then got back on the road. It probably was a 2-3 minute rest, but I didn't count it, I did stop my timer though (yes I'm a cheater).

I finished my last 3 miles by running out, circling a block about 3 times and running back. I didn't want to make a ~1.7 mile loop that lead back to my house. If I saw the front door, I was afraid I'd convince myself that 6 miles was okay.

One thing I didn't plan on was chub rub or that my top would keep riding up. I think it's time to retire my Brooks running skirt. I don't think my legs are big enough to keep the compression shorts down, or I've stretched them out too much. I'm banking on the former.

One thing I did differently on this run was pay attention to my HR rather than my pace. I think that helped get through the mileage. I have come to realize that my 5K pace isn't my 7 mile pace. I kept about a 12 min/mile pace, which is 1-1.5 minutes slower than my short mileage pace.

Thanks for all the encouragement on my last post. I really wanted to complete my run, but I know packing it in turned out to be a better plan. Tomorrow is a DOR. I might do some yoga or pilates. I will watch The Biggest Loser. It's the finale, ya know.


Running Knitter said...

Yay! Good for you for getting out there and getting it done!

Viv said...

Yaa on the 7 Yas!!! Yep, slowing down on those long runs makes all the difference. i would get frustrated thinking gawd could i be any slower, but it gets the mileage done. I guess that means Mr. IT chilled out which is great news!

Im excited to watch Biggest Loser, I may even watch it live. I hope I don't eat. That show makes me hungry..ugh!