Howdy everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I sure did! My Friday started out with being productive and swapping out the summer clothes for the winter clothes. Yep, it’s that time of the year again. Tank tops and shorts are being replaced with long sleeves and hoodies in my kids’ closets. Always fun to find all of the dirty shirts that my son has just stuffed back into his dresser drawers all season!! My husband and I met an old friend for lunch, and after that I even got around to washing the windows outside. It was beautiful outside!!
Saturday morning I ran with Jamie on our last training run for the upcoming Churchills half marathon. I decided I should actually revisit the hills that are on the course since I haven’t been training any hills! I was relived to find they weren’t as bad as I remember. Although they will still be challenging since they hit around mile 10 or so. The run went well and we had to cut it short at 9 miles instead of the planned 11 miles due to schedule issues, but I think it was a perfect amount to end on. We saw many other runners out on the course. Everyone getting ready for the big race!
On Sunday morning I decided I needed to burn off some calories because we were going out for donuts for breakfast. I LOVE donut mornings! When I peeked out the window in the morning, there was frost on the ground. It was a lovely sight and I wanted to get out there. Then I remembered my compression socks, which I haven’t had much chance to run in yet, so I wore those. They kept my calves nice and warm, but at 29 degrees the rest of my legs were freezing and by mile 2 I was wondering if it was a bad outfit choice!! Oh well, keep it going.
The super awesome thing about my run is that it turned into one of “those” runs. You know – the kind where you end up kicking butt, your pace is fast, and the run just feels right. YES! Love when those happen. Ironically it was happening at the same time I could have been running the marathon I decided not to do, but we all know 4 miles is a heck of a huge difference from running 26.2.
When I go out for a run, unless I have some specific speed workout, I typically just go for a half mile and then look at my watch. Often it will show a pace around 9:00ish. Sometimes, it will be 9:20, or if I’m sluggish, something more around 9:30 or slower. All perfectly fine paces for my “whatever” running. But that morning my pace was 8:20. 8:20!! One look at that and I knew I could pick up the pace and really run it fast. My paces ended up being:
I like how that small .05 sprint to my driveway came in under 7:00 pace. Woohoo, thank you number 6 for being on my paces today!! 😉
I’m looking forward to this week because I get an extra day off (Veterans Day, bank holiday!). I’ll be enjoying a run with my husband on that day and going out to lunch with him. A perfect day I think.
Q: Does anyone else have the day off on Wednesday?
Q: Favorite donut style?
Creme filled, frosted with sprinkles, and glazed!
Q: Have you had a great run lately? Do tell!