Saturday, January 21, 2012

Long Rainy Run

Last Week

I was so proud of my long run last week, but I never got around to writing about it! I did 10.5 miles. The first 6.5 was up The Avenues and back home to get a drink and fuel. Then I just went out on the bike path and added 4 miles, and those 4 miles were so awesome! I felt really good, and was able to keep up an average of 9:48/minute mile pace on flat! That was with slowing down a bit on the last mile too. It just made me so happy that I was able to do that after running 6.5 miles, and that it felt pretty easy! I must be doing something right!

Last week, I also got a new TYR tri top and shorts that were on sale at Kompetative Edge for 50% off. Score! They are so nice! The top is nice and long so I won't have to worry about getting my lower back sunburnt, and it also has a big pocket in the back that will actually be useful. I'm so excited to try it out! The shorts are just like my tri suit, and I love them!

Notice the sea monkeys on the back of the toilet? Yeah, they got knocked off today and are no more. Poor sea monkeys. They were Ethan's Christmas present, and didn't even last a month!

I wore the shorts for my run Thursday morning, then I did an easy trainer ride during George's nap. When I say easy, I mean really easy for only 30 minutes. I just really need to get used to sitting on that seat again. I was so sore after Tuesday's trainer class! I'm sure I'll get used to it quickly though.


This morning was awesome! I got to sleep in until 7:15! Then I made whole wheat pumpkin blueberry waffles and pancakes. Yum, they were so good! And the house smelt like apple cider while they cooked!

When I put George down for his nap, I looked outside for the first time and realized it was pouring! I wanted to do 11.5 miles for my long run, but there was no way I was doing that inside! I reminded myself that I am a rock star and that I just needed to get out there to do it!

I'm so glad I have such a nice rain jacket that really makes the rain a non-issue. (even though I look kind of silly with the hood on...) I wore it for my Ironman and I wished I had had it during the St. George Marathon where it rained pretty much the whole time! The trouble is that it doesn't breath very well, so I was soaking wet (with sweat, not rain) when I got home! But I stayed warm for the whole run so it was great.

I drove up to the capitol headed up City Creek. My battery died on my Garmin so I just used an app on my iphone called Runkeeper to track my miles. It wasn't as easy to look at my pace, distance, or time that way since I had my phone in my iFitness belt, so I just kind of guessed on where to turn around. I turned around at the 2 mile marker up City Creek since I knew I had done about a mile before that.

As I started back down, my right foot started to hurt a little. It wasn't bad, but it felt likewhen it got bruised back when I was training for the Utah Valley Half Marathon and I had to stop running for like 2 weeks. I didn't want that to happen again so I pretty much decided I'd just cut this run short and head home instead of out for another loop when I got to the car. But then it stopped hurting, and I didn't feel it again the whole 3 miles. Weird.

I sat in the car for a few minutes debating what to do. I ate my shot blocks (Have you tried the margarita shot blocks? They are so good! And they have salt in them!) and drank some water. Finally I decided to just keep going and at least do 10 miles. I was at 6.5 so I thought I'd just do the 3 mile loop around Bonnaville Blvd. and call it good.

I left my gloves in the car because I was pretty warm, but that was a little hasty because after about a mile I was pulling my sleeves over my hands. It was ok, though. I was really only cold for a few minutes where the road was more exposed.

On the way back, I ended up running down the canyon towards memory grove for the length of a song, then back up, to add some distance on. When I got back to the car I was at 11.19 miles, and I was fine with that! It took me kind of a long time - 2:05. That's a nice slow 11:11 min/mile pace. That's ok, though. It was a hard run, City Creek is pretty steep! My legs are tired!

It's weird because I was warm the whole run, but as soon as I got home, I was freezing! I started a hot bath while I stretched and that helped. We had a nice relaxing afternoon and I put my feet up while George napped, and did a little cleaning after that. It was nice. Now I'm sitting with my feet up again, and my compression socks on, not wanting to move. Hopefully we'll have a nice night and George will just sleep!

1 comment:

  1. You are a rockstar - thanks for sharing - you keep me motivated!