I got in 4.5 miles tonight ahead of our winter weather warning IN APRIL. I wanted to get my run in before dark, so I laced up right after I got home from work and hinted to my husband that he could start dinner while I was gone.
I didn’t really have a route planned, so I just started running. I tried to start slow, (you know—slower than my standard slow pace) but did the first half mile under a 13:00 pace. Way too fast for me! I settled into the first mile at a 13:30 pace, right as I learned how Brookhill Road got it’s name. It crosses a cute little brook , and then when you turn the corner in a direction I’d yet to explore, you go up. A lot. Well, 80 feet in about .2 miles. I don’t know how steep that is for experienced runners, but it was plenty for me! If I ever graduate to hill repeats, I know where to go.
I felt pretty terrible at this point, but I purposely turned away from my house so I’d be forced to complete the entire distance I’d planned. I did a bunch of walk/run intervals, kind of like a fartlek, but based on my splits my running intervals must have been faster than normal, because I did well. There were four more small hills (30-50 foot climbs), and I ran back and forth in front of a house that was burning yard waste, which did a number on my lungs for a few minutes. Here’s the pace/elevation chart:
At about the three mile mark, I was thinking about how horrible it would be to have to run 10 more miles. But that’s what I’m going to do next month. I’ve already started to think about what I want to work towards after this race, and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be another half marathon or any other race. I’ve been pretty terrible about following my training plan (skipped runs, haven’t done strength training in over a month, cross training is a leisurely walk at best), so I’m not going to be as prepared for this race as I could be. Once I finish, I think I want to focus on fitness/strength rather than distance. I’ll keep running, but just shoot for a minimum of 30 minutes times per week. I won’t even worry about making one of those runs long. In addition, I’d like to do two days of basic, at-home strength training per week and I’d like to get a bike and go out once or twice a week (I totally dig the idea of a Sunday long bike ride instead of a long run).
So, this run looks good on paper. I beat my projected Nike+ time by three minutes. I’m glad I finished. Tomorrow is a strength training day (which means I’ll probably do nothing), and then I need to get another 4.5 miles in on Friday. Because for now, only the miles matter.
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana, 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt with 1 T peach jam
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie
Lunch: Rice bowl (1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn relish), carrot sticks, 2 T hummus
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: 2 oz pasta, 4 oz mushrooms & 2 cups kale sautéed in olive oil, 1 T garlic scape pesto
Dessert: Chocolate oatmeal cookie (Haven’t eaten this yet, but I plan to.
Activity: 30 minute afternoon walk, 4.5 mile run
35 Weight Watchers Points, earned 12 Activity Points