July 15, 2011 by Amy B
One should not stay up until 12:30 am working when the alarm is set for 5:30 am for a seven mile run.
It took me 30 minutes to wake up, eat a Kashi granola bar and get dressed. I reset my watch, adjusted my running hat, and opened the front door to find the weather less than desirable.
It was raining. Raining when it was only supposed to have a 30% chance of rain.
It’s not that I don’t like rain. But when it comes to running, I have bad experiences with water. Simply put, I chafe like a mofo. To start with, I sweat like a pig. Those people who come to an aid station during a race and dump water on themselves to cool off? That is so not me.
On any other morning, I would have just taken the rain as a sign to go back to bed and attempt to get the run in later. But I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I knew it was now or never. And it wasn’t really raining *that* hard, right?
I decided to run the four(ish) mile route I ran earlier in the week plus my regular three mile route. It ended up being 7.48 miles total.
Random Splits (times taken at landmarks I checked when I got back home):
- 2.39 mi mark – 24:20 (10:11 avg mi)
- 3.24 mi mark – 33:07 (10:13 avg mi)
- 4.29 mi mark – 44:17 (10:19 avg mi) (10:38 avg mi pace up the big LONG hill)
- 6.42 – car wash 1:04:38 (10:04 avg mi) (I did try to noticeably pick up the pace on this stretch)
- 7.48 mi mark 1:14:30 (10:02 avg mi) (last mile 9:52)
Today is all about Tabbouleh.
And tonight was all about Quinoa Tabbouleh.Here’s a link to the recipe. My variation: added half an English cucumber, used half the recommended parsley, less than half the amount of mint, and didn’t combine the feta (saved it to add sparingly on top).
A year ago I ran a local 10 mile race.
It’s a fun race, a nice course. I decided to bag it this year to save on the entry fee and not cut my long run short (scheduled 14 miles).
Races are always more fun when you have a cheering section.
I’ve got an early wakeup call in the morning if I’m going to get my run in before the sweltering heat. We’re watching Deathly Hallows Pt I. I often give myself a food reward after these long training runs. I’m thinking an even better reward would be Part II. Am I right?