As the day goes by I am getting increasingly more irritated with myself.
Sometimes this is fine when I just want to run for the sake of it but I actually have a plan and some goals and this is feeling like I lost my keys or misplaced my backpack. I lost my numbers!
I think I did 5 laps around Grays Lake which would be 10 miles. First off I started out feeling really good after taking 4 days off from running. Throughout the last week I still did Chest and Back,Plyometrics and Yoga as well as several times of Ab work but just was not feeling the running thing.
I wore my new Soleus watch but never did figure out how to interpret the instructions that came with it so I just decided to wear it and see how it felt.Procrastinate much? The watch was awesome btw! I quit wearing a watch a couple years ago which was extremely liberating and like the shoes will not go back unless I need to depending on the situation.
After the first lap I was thinking that I was going way faster than I thought I was. I was breathing hard for the first 3 laps however only took a mile to find my groove and I never felt the "Oh Goddess when will this be over" feeling.I kept thinking that when I relax and am not trying so hard I go faster. I was thinking that I wish I would have felt this good last weekend for the virtual run!
So basically I was either running 9.3 minute miles for 10 or 11.62 minute miles for 8. Neither one seems right. The thing is that it's a 2 mile loop so has to be one or the other. I know that if I write down 10 miles that I have at least 2 miles banked from when I have over estimated in the past, so I don't think that even if I am off that it will effect my overall mileage goals for the year. I just need to pick one and go with it I guess. So here goes, I ran 10 miles and felt great. Now I am a chill girl again.
I am however going to figure out the bleeepin bleep dang watch!!
I did do the clever thing after I got home and found the easier to understand all in english version of the instructions online. I found out that I can program in my times so I don't have to wear a pace band and it will hold 50 laps to examine later. I just want to be able to keep track of how many I do without feeling like a douche later when I loose track and can't remember!
The run was lovely dispite the ridiculousness of counting and it was good practice in the heat. I learned that I can make fast stops at my car for water if I try and also to take baby wipes with me since even though there are an adequate amount of restrooms on a route does not mean there will be paper too.
I wore my new SPIbelt. The folks at SPIbelt sent me one to check out. I loved it!!! It held my camera and did not jiggle at all (I didn't take pictures though haha). It was quite comfortable and didn't feel like it was cutting in to stay on. It is supposed to be worn on the hips and not around the waist. It also got to choose some toggle race bib holders. I don't have to put holes in my shirts now when I wear a race bib! I was able to comfortably cram in 2 GUs and a pack of shot blocks as well as my camera. Its like the TARDIS, small on the outside and bigger on the inside. (any other Dr. Who fans out there??)
I am going to try it out in a race next Sunday. The Dam to Dam 20k is coming up fast. I have come to the point where I have done all the training I can for it and need to just accept that I am going to have a blast and run my best and there really isn't anything to worry about. Now just have to figure out how I am going to make it more than the first 2 miles before having to find a porta potty or some bushes!