Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
- relaxing with my kitten Maggie (when she's not running around like a crazy)
- sleeping in my own bed
- catching up on my DVR
- running outside on the lakefront
- seeing my b/f J (he travels for work too and not to the same places I do)
- not having to eat on the run or in an airport
- seeing my friends
So yeah I like to be home...
I know that the southeast is humid and disgustingly hot this time of year and the best place to be is in the air conditioning. It annoys me to no end that every building/car/bus has it so its colder than a witches tit (I really don't know how cold that is but I think the saying is hilarious). Seriously, I shouldn't have to carry a coat with me to Florida in August but what do you know I do. Problem was I rushed around Monday and forgot it so I was shaking with goosebumps all day at work today in a sleep lab. I wanted to rip the covers off the bed and wrap up in it but that would be unprofessional now wouldn't it??? I seriously considered it though.
I traveled this evening (on United the best airline for business travelers) and didn't have time to stop for dinner instead I had to purchase a "delicious" smart pack for $5 on the flight so I woke up early for my run again. Day 2 early a.m. start was more difficult than day 1 early a.m. start. A 5 mile pace run on the treadmill today. Once I warmed up, aka woke up, I had a good pace for nearly 4 miles; around 9 min miles which is a good pace for me. It does feel good to get the run done first thing but it turns into a long, tiring day by 1pm.
I give all you southeastern/hot weather runners props. I could not wake up early every day to run when its cooler. And by cooler I mean 80 and humid instead of later when it might be 95 degrees and humid. But I see you out there trudging along, looking like you just jumped in the ocean b/c the sweat can't evaporate. I feel for you but I am also impressed and inspired.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The run itself went okay; it took about 1 1/2 miles for me to wake up and realize what I was actually doing but after that it was smooth sailing with the exception of my pesky blister pain. I probably could have kept going had I been outside but I had places to be, work to do - have to earn that paycheck this week! By the way new shoes are fantastic! I love Asics! I have been wearing them for several years and they have never disappointed. Now I just need to dirty them up so they aren't so glaringly white. A few runs along the lakefront should take care of that, especially after all the rain we have been having in Chicago. I have got to say I love that 5 miles seems like a breeze most days. I remember not to long ago I would struggle to make it through a 5k.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Short workout today due to the travel schedule - only weights. It felt good, I haven't had a chance to do the weights in over a week and I won't have an opportunity while traveling. I am staying in Hampton Inns and they don't provide weights. Of course there are no other gyms around because I am in the middle of nowhere. Here I come treadmill and elliptical! At least there are tv's to watch. That will pass the time on the treadmill some.
Alright I'm off to finish packing...
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
On the upside I realized I really needed new kicks. J (my boyfriend) gave me grief over the cost. But hey, if they feel right then they are right for me! I had foot surgery about 9years ago and cheap running shoes have been my enemy since. J says he is going to switch my shoes with some $30 pair and see if I notice. I told him to start running 40 miles a week in cheap shoes and not complain and then he could give me grief. I got the shoes.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Saturday (or Sunday if the storms don't stop) is my long run of only 13 miles - I am actually looking forward to it! The running on treadmills all week has made me excited for running outside along the lakefront! Even if it's at 7am!
I realized I just said ONLY 13 miles. Like hey 13 miles is nothing. How many people can say that they can run (or in my case jog at a medium pace) that far?!? I am not dismissing 13 miles by an meansbut at this point of my training it is pretty amazing what my body can accomplish. And after 18 miles last Sunday a half marathon doesn't seem so bad.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Today I am supposed to run 8 miles. Correction, yesterday I was supposed to run 8 according to my lovely schedule but it just so happens I was in Atlanta for work (I am always there for work!) and I couldn't bring myself to run 8 miles on a treadmill, only 5. I saved 8 for today and what do you know but a torrential downpour, looks like I am going to be doing that 8 on a treadmill after all! Either that or lose another ipod to the rain (I'm on the second). Alright I'm outta here to hit up my smelly gym!