Well hello summer. You’ve come a bit late and overstayed your welcome. I am not counting on any stellar runs this week, that’s for sure. I did my 21 miler on Friday night, after the sun went down, and it wasn’t too bad. Plus I felt pretty awesome most of the time. This could be attributed to the fact that I had a full day of meals and calories to work off of, or because I went super slow. By Super slow I mean like 8:20s which is like 35 seconds off my goal pace, and totally recommended by every running coach/book ever. So I will try not to beat myself up over running slower than normal. I was running smarter, right?
I took a rest day on Saturday and then hit the roads again for 10 on Sunday, 8 on Monday, and 7 on Tuesday. Today was a much needed rest day. I slept in until 7:10! Ridiculous. Actually I woke up at 6:15, fed the dogs and then collapsed on the couch until 7:10. Good thing my internal alarm was working today.
I have been biking to work almost every day for 3 weeks now. Impressive right? Well I live a half mile from work and ride my Schwinn Stingray. Takes me about 4 minutes, which I now realize is awfully slow for being on a bike, and it still makes me feel like puking when I get there. I probably look like a dork riding a little bike. In fact, I know I look like a dork because someone yelled that out their car window. At least I haven’t been slushied yet, which apparently is a thing now thanks to that awful TV show Glee.
Two weeks ago there was a 4 mile race that started across the street from my house. Like literally, across the street from my house and in an alley by the school. I didn’t do it. Why? Because I am a wiener. I hate racing. Why do I bother doing speedwork if I am not going to race? Probably because I have plateaued, especially in short distances. Good thing there about 50 5ks in the area this fall, only 2 10ks, and one half marathon/marathon. I am trying to narrow down my options and pick a few of the dreaded 5ks, one of the 10ks, and, of course, the marathon. There is a 5 mile race on Labor Day, but if it’s hotter than balls, count me out. The next week is a 5k that starts about 3 blocks from my house so I will have to suck it up and race.