First, on Thursday, I ran the first of the three Midsummer Night races that were included in my race pass (I'll only be doing two). It was at 7:30 p.m., and my dad was my cheering section. It was a mental challenge to go all day knowing I had a race that evening, but 7:30 is better for me than say, late afternoon. In the end, I have all good things to say about this race, but it could have been a bad one for a number of reasons!
Reason #1: It was about 400% humidity, and was raining by the end of the race. The temperature was in the 70s. I felt like I was swimming.
Reason #2: I probably ran about 1.5 miles beforehand, which is more warming up than I ever do. It ended up being fine, but the reason I ran so much was because after my real warm up I couldn't find my dad ANYWHERE. He had the keys to the car for me to grab my iPod! It was stressful trying to find him in time.
Reason #3: Turns out my iPod is DEAD. Like dead dead. Forever. More on that below. So, no music.
Reason #4: The course was three laps of a 1 mile loop. WOOF - talk about a mental challenge, especially with no music...yikes.
Reason #5: Fast people EVERYWHERE. I felt a tad out of my league. This race is put on be a pretty legit running co., and people take it seriously.
So before the race I was a little nervous from the above reasons, but my warm up was good, and because it was 7:30 I had gotten my second wind after work. So all in all I was excited to just knock it out. 20-25 minutes of pain - here we go!
Mile 1 - 7:30
Mile 2 - 7:58
Mile 3 - 8:01
last .05 (according to my watch it was not a full .1) - 0:28
Overall - 23:57
Positive splits, I don't like you. BUT a few things to point out: this was 45 seconds faster than the June Fete 5k, and only 20 seconds slower than my PR. Not bad for the weather and how slow I feel like I've been running lately! Plus, the course was not very flat - each lap had three slight inclines. The end of the lap was uphill.
I was DRENCHED afterward, it was horrendous. Anyway, it was an okay race. I was glad my dad was there to cheer me on!!
The next day was going to be my day off from running. But my dad wanted to go on an evening run, and of course I couldn't say no!! Oh, because you're wondering, my workouts for the week were comprised of:
Monday: 30 minute at home toning workout
Tuesday: 3 miles in the a.m.
Wednesday: 3.5 miles in the a.m.
Again, it was infinity% humidity, but hell. We had a good time. We took old Bishop dog.
I swear, running with Bishop is like running on a treadmill. He just pulls you along, and you don't even think about it. It's such a welcome distraction. We ran 3 miles around town - 8:37, 8:15, 8:28. My new thing is to run up hills without decreasing effort. Imagine that, right??? I am the worst with hills. When I'm by myself I give myself way too many breaks. That ends now. Thanks to Bishop, I succeeded with that last night.
Last night I did my muscles good but sitting in a hot tub for far too many hours with my gals. So needed.
Today, I finally got that day off from working out. I bought a new iPod!!! My iPod, like I mentioned, died on Wednesday/Thursday. I'd had it for 6 years, and treated it pretty poorly by the end - I wore it in the rain, let it roll around the bottom of my workout bag, etc. etc. It gave up and I was not surprised in the least. Today I replaced it with this baby.
Does anyone buy iPods anymore? I didn't even know what the newest ones looked like. Everyone uses their phone, but I'm against that. I don't feel like lugging my phone along, and it's too important. I'm an iPod user all the way. Anyone else??
1. What devices do you carry with you on your runs?
2. Do you ever run with a pup?
3. How was your Friday night?