Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Treats!!

so, the last two runs have been, um, challenging for me. Spectacular and fun, yes, because the scenery and the atmosphere was so cool, but challenging in that I felt like I was slogging through mud up in Boulder. So today, I decided to run a quick three miler so that I'd meet at least three runs this week (we'll talk about the October Challenge later) and took off for the park loop.

This loop is nearly 3 miles (2.9907 by GMaps Pedometer), leaving from my house up the street to the path at the trail to the water fountain then back. It's always my goal to negative-split it, but sometimes, that no work out so good. Usually, I actually end up almost exactly the same for the out part and the back part, just because I tend to be so consistent. Today, the out part was done in 15:04, and the back part in 14:46. So, not only did I negative-split it, but I also came in at UNDER 10:00 MILES!! I'll have to check the running logs to find out how long it's been since I hit that. So, yeah, Happy Halloween indeed! I got my treat!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And then I saw a fox

yeah, I'm loving this place. Because the weather was so nice, the team decided to leave the office early (which means a little more time working tonight, but sooo worth it!) and go to an outdoor patio cafe for dinner. I had not made the time to join the team yet, since I was fried on Monday and ran yesterday, so I really wanted to go. Half the fun (OK, probably 75% of the fun) of being on a project is getting to know all your colleagues, and I wanted to go, but I also wanted to run. So, brilliant people that we are we figured out how to have cake and eat it too, or rather, how to have my run and join the team. I ran out to meet them, then hung out while they ate and then ran back to the hotel. All told, I ran 4 miles, with a little bit of a break to chill (literally -- once the sun went down it got cold!!!) and get to know everyone. I also realized how close the shopping/eating areas are to the project offices and hotel, so I don't have to fret about hot having a car.

Oh, yeah, on the way back, while I was passing these railroad tracks, I looked down off the footbridge and saw a fox. I stopped to try to get his picture on my phone, but it was too dark. He stopped what he was doing and looked at me, then ran away. It was so cool! Like I said, I'm loving this place!!

ORN: 4 miles, 41:54 minutes. Pretty hilly course, with amazing trees and bridges and a FOX!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mountain run

wow. I love this town. We're not even talking about the fact that there is a Noodle Company and a Wahoo Fish Taco within two miles of our office (but, hee-hee! I LOVE this place). We're not talking about the shower in the office because so many people ride their bikes in, or run or ride at lunch. We're not even talking about the Whole Foods on every freakin' corner.

We're talking about the bike paths and trails everywhere here. You see people out and about, being active and healthy. The weather has been great here (cold-ass night at the airport when I was wearing shorts off the plane from Tx notwithstanding), and it's just got a great outdoorsy vibe. So enticing - it makes me want to eat well, to go for a run, to rent or borrow a bicycle. It's great. The only problem, at least for a mildly out of shape wanna-be triathlete from sea level like me, is the lack of oxygen. Man, I thought I was going to die out there. But I know it will get easier the longer I'm out here and the more I acclimate to the altitude. But for today, I ran a route along Boulder Creek out from the hotel. 3.3 miles and I never once had to cross a street or dodge a car like I do at home. Glorious, I tell you! And although sections of it were secluded, it was so crowded with joggers, cyclists, walkers and rollerbladers that I didn't feel isolated at all.

So, yeah, I wish I could have kept working from home through the end of the year. I wish I could have been home for our birthdays yesterday. But if I have to be traveling, I gotta say, here is the place to be.

Monday, October 27, 2008


so I'm here in Boulder, for the next few weeks. I got in really, really, really late last night, and this morning came really soon, so I haven't run today. And I won't. Instead I ordered room service and am just hanging out. I need to unwind a little after a whirlwind weekend. Too many activities and not enough down time. Not a good recipe for the long haul, especially now that I'm back on the road again. And especially now that I have a bona fide marathon training plan in place. So, a little more work here in a bit, some administrivia, and then bedtime. So that's it for me now. Gotta blast.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

5 miler training run

so I went out in the dark and ran with my training group this morning. I joined the 11-minute group instead of the 10-minute group, even though my pace run last week ended up at 10:15. I decided I'd rather go a bit slower and have a good time than bust a$$ and die at every run trying to keep up. But, even though we are the 11:00 group, our leader took us out a little faster, so we ended up at about 10:30 pace. I felt great and was able to chat and stay at the front of the pack.

There was a killer hill we had to get past to get back to the starting area, and it was tough go. I was able to keep up with the group but we all pretty much had to walk the last third of it. But, from then on it was smooth sailing. I also picked up my group training shirt (that was distributed the first meeting that I missed since I was driving aimlessly around). I didn't get to stay for the guest speaker, but I did get a few snacks and chat with my pace group for a while afterward. So I know what they look like now, not just what they sounded like when we first said our names in the dark!

Busy weekend in store, with scout activities, a Halloween party, a birthday party for TDP DinoBoy, and a 9:00 PM flight to Colorado tomorrow. Oh, yeah, and somewhere in there, I've got to do laundry and vote. And maybe, hopefully, sleep. Just a little.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn Run

So, we don't really have seasons in North Texas. We have summer, one perfect day in mid-October (which apparently I missed this week) and then mid-50s from then until about March, at which time it becomes summer again. We might get a two-day snap in which we get rain and sleet and generally cold blickiness, but nothing close to true seasons. Imagine how much in love I am with Boston this week, then, with these amazing trees in a billion shades between yellow and burgundy. And we're not even going to talk about the 200-year-old churches and town halls and the amazing architecture of these homes with huge front porches and expansive yards with brilliant green grass under the carpets of multi-colored leaves. Amazing. Yes, it was colder than a witch's teat yesterday, especially for me coming from 80+ degrees in Texas earlier this week, but today? Absolutely perfect.

So of course I had to ditch the hotel treadmill and hit the streets for a run after work today. We got done and I got back to the room just in time to catch the sun going down, so the out part of my run was in twilight, with the sun hitting the treetops just enough to seem to set them on fire. Once I turned around and headed back, it wasn't hard to imagine next week's trick-or-treaters bounding down the wide sidewalks in their costumes, bundled up with jackets and gloves, their breath rising like smoke from their lips. It was so storybook and vibrant, I was just enthralled. It's times like this that I am so glad to be a runner, to be able to experience the neighborhoods in the towns that I visit up close and personal, to be able to wave to the women on their evening walk, smile at the kids in their strollers and feel, if only for a while, like a part of the community. Way cool.

Gotta blast. A project pal is picking me up for dinner at some English pub in Framingham, then i've got a ridickerous early flight tomorrow AM. Peace out, folks!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Brrr, it's cold outside!

yep, it's a tad chilly here in Boston. Kept me inside for my run yesterday morning, and then last night, we spent too much time at the hotel bar (no drinks for me, just lots of great conversation) for me to wake up on time this morning. And tonight, a late night and a late dinner means no run tonight, either. Bah.

The plan is set for tomorrow night, though. I'm meeting a friend for dinner after the day's sessions are done, but not until 7:30 or 8:00, which means I have a good hour and a half to go for a run beforehand. It will be nice, and hopefully a bit warmer. That is all!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

3 mile timed run

Today was my first run with the Cowtown training group, and on the schedule was a 3-mile timed run. They said to go at an easy pace, but pick it up on the back end. So that's what I did, and ended up with 15:28 on the out segment, and 15:20 on the back end. So I did technically negative split it, but it still amazes me sometimes how consistent I can be, even when I'm not trying! It's like my body picks a pace for that day and holds me to it, no matter what.

We did decide, though, that I needed to be in the 11:00 pace group (that's why we timed today, to find our natural pace) for my training runs. It just doesn't make sense to try to get me to speed up for longer runs, so an 11:00 pace will be a better fit for me, especially as we get into more mileage.

I met a couple of nice people, including a crew who is doing the Komen 3-Day in a few weeks. It was fun to share walk stories with them. They've definitely got an advantage since they will be training together during the week, too. All in all, it was a good experience and I'm really looking forward to the next four months!

Now, I'm off to breakfast, if I can get Hub and Elder Child up out of their warm beds. Later!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Streak: FAIL

I missed last night's run, too. See, that's why I have to do the challenge. Now that it had been broken, I didn't feel too bad (at the time) about delaying the run to fight with AT&T tech support over the high-speed installation for the house (NOTE: that was FAIL, too). I was on the phone with them for over an hour, then spent another half hour finishing the install, only to be greeted at the end with FAIL. grrr. by then it was nearly 11:30, and wayyy too late to run outside, and too late to run on the TM since it's against the wall next to the boy's bed. And, honestly, I was way tired.

But this morning, I felt dismal that I'd let another day slip by. Once the streak was gone, 30 for 31 didn't have the same drive behind it. And that sucks, because it had been going really well. Sigh. No matter. Streak or no streak, I'm back on track. I've also determined I have to do my running in the morning again, so I'm getting back to that routine. It's better that way -- I feel more energized, I feel stronger, and I make better choices about my food.

ORN: 3.6 miles; 37:31 time; 10:25 pace

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Watch out, Trump!


So for some reason, the boys decided we needed to play Monopoly last night, and we dragged out the gameboard from the playroom closet. They didn't understand at first why we had two sets of everything, until Hub and I remembered that we'd combined two sets back in graduate school, the better to finance our 7-hour marathon games. Halfway through the game, I looked under the second board and found the little ziplock bag full of "maverick" cards and the blow-by-blow analysis of a couple of said eternal games. Most of them punished the player most ostentatious in his braggadocio about amassing large fortunes at the expense of others; some of them were designed explicitly to remove property from the most-organized among us (ahem, that would have been ME, with all multi-colored cash lined up facing the same direction and in neatly aligned rows). Digging through the "maverick" cards (really just scraps of paper with scribbles on them) and remembering all the inside jokes in them, I forgot the game at hand and was transported back to my tiny graduate apartment, where we holed up for hours at a time, all of us twenty-something wanna-be academians, and played the hell out that game. At the time, the most REAL money we ever had was when we deposited the semesterly financial aid check and went hog-wild at Snuffer's before having to pay for books and rent. And the houses we coveted were tiny little plastic boxes thaat could easily be swiped once someone had too much rum & coke and quit paying attention to the board. Life was pretty simple then, I gotta say!

ORN 10/15: 2.3 miles around the neighborhood after the Monopoly game; total time: 24:02, nearly a minute less than the same route two nights earlier. Running streak was broken Tuesday, but we're still gonna aim for 30/31
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

because I was already going to have a STELLAR day...

it had to get better by getting locked out of the house. And my spare key? In the lockbox on the front door (so the realtors who did a crappy job selling my house can get in and parade through people who are either unqualified to buy it or who will jerk us around pretending they're going to buy it). Yeah. Fun times.

And the first locksmith I call? $85. Um, no.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Now what?

F@$@# buyer backed out. We have no back-up at this moment. Goodbye, dream house.

The possibility of me getting a run in tonight are slim to none. Not in the state of mind that I'm in right now. Factor in that I didn't do hardly any work today because I was expecting to hear about when we would close, and I have a ton of work to catch up on.

Plus, I'm being sent to Boston next week. Fun.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lucky 13

13 for 13. 13 runs in 13 days in October. Go me. 2.3 miles in 24:50; did the same route last week in 24:25. But today I had my old running buddy with me. I somehow convinced Elder Child to come out with me for one lap. He wasn't thrilled about it, but he got through the first lap of 1.4 miles without dying, cramping or puking. Go him. He hadn't been running with me since before his surgery, way back in the fall of 2006. It was nice to have him with me. I have to say, though, he's a hecka lot faster now as a 13 year old who stands 5'1" than as a little boy with short little legs! But the boy's got no endurance -- about the time I got warmed up he was starting to get gassed. He's used to the short bursts of activity on the ice rink, not longer runs. Maybe I'll be able to keep him out there withe me. I think he came with tonight since he was bored out of his mind from being out of school for Columbus Day.

anyhoo -- gotta run. got a few more emails to send out before I turn in for the night.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday run

so a combination of too much walking yesterday and complete laziness, plus the offer of a homecooked breakfast won out over a run this morning and I slept in 'til nearly 8:00. It would have been longer except that TDP DinoBoy came in demanding breakfast, followed by the two cats doing the same. I then lazed about more, reading the paper and playing WordTwist on the iPod until it was time to fold a mountain of clothes (they had taken over the bed in the guest room until nobody had any more clean socks). Then I had a hair appointment and lunch with the boy at the sushi place before heading to the rink for open skate. Before I knew it, it was nearly 6:00 and I still hadn't gone out yet. So, there I went.

It was an OK run -- just over 10K total distance in 1:07 and change. It was hotter than I expected, and I was either fighting the wind if I headed south or was in the doldrums if I turned any other direction. It was very weird. I felt very winded a couple of times, and had to stop and walk twice because I just couldn't get my breath. But my overall pace ended up being 10:43, so maybe I was just going too fast. That, or I had too much sushi for lunch. Is there such a thing as too much sushi? I didn't think so.

Anyhoo, I'd better get used to the 6-milers. The bulk of my weekday runs on the training program are 6-milers, at least for the first two months. Then we start adding in longer tempo runs and the weekend long runs get extended too. It'll be tough, this not-being-beginner stuff, but it should be fun!

Peace out. Gotta grab a shower before I try to read to the kid or he'll kick me out of his room! Have a GREAT week!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

State Fair Photos

We had a GREAT day at the Fair today, helped out by a fantastic game by the Longhorns. Dad and Elder Child went to the game, while TDP DinoBoy and I wandered around the fairgrounds for a few hours. Photos here:

Whose idea was this again?

So you can tell I've been running in the evenings instead of getting up early since I am having a hard time with this 5:20 wake-up call. Finishing up my PB on toast before I head out for the first training run. A little nervous, but excited nonetheless. I think next week I won't stay up late with Hub watching stupid YouTube videos (but if you haven't seen the "Take on Me" literal video, you should really make time for it, esp if you're a child of the 80s!! --- this is what makes the Internet both worthwhile and yet very, very scary!)

Gotta blast!!

UPDATED: Note to self: Make sure you know exactly WHERE the running group is meeting next time.... Vaguely remembering that they were meeting in a church parking lot "near" the running store does not help... Grrr. However, I did get in a lovely half-hour run IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, as well as a driving tour of the Ridglea area's early-morning deserted streets.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Does this count as a long run?

'cause it's not just two miles!! Today's grand total run was a whopping 2.8839 miles, in 29:46, which is good enough for a 10:19 pace. I don't know what got into me today, except that it just felt really good to just get out and run. That and I had just a little bit of time -- in fact, I gotta blast and shower before I take the boy to hockey practice. Luckily, he now plays at the mall rink about two miles away, so it only takes about 10 minutes to get there. And there's a Starbucks about twenty feet away from the ice, so I can get one of their smoothies for dinner. Score!

Gotta go -- have a great Friday night!!

Guess how far I ran last night?

seriously... guess. You'll never get it. Damn, yep, you're right. 2 stinking miles. Yeah, I suck. But, I had good reasons/excuses - Hub had hockey practice, and I had just spent the larger part of the evening at Scouts, then at the FW Running Company's marathon training program orientation. Yep, this year, I'm not going it alone. I'm doing the organized runs in hopes of breaking 5:00 this time. There are a lot of first-timers, and a lot of folks who are doing the half, and they said their pace groups run from 9:00/miles to 13:00/miles. I'll be there somewhere in the middle. I don't think I'm yet fast enough again to be in the 10:00/mile group, but I'm afraid the 11:00/mile group might be too slow once I get some more mileage under me. We shall see -- I'm excited again to start this whole adventure. We start the first organized run Saturday morning at 6:15. I don't know how many of the weekday runs I'll make, but I know the Saturday morning ones will be my priority (that leaves Sundays open for cycling now that it's not 105 anymore -- wheee!!)

The only scary thing is that once I talked to the coach a little to select my plan, I kinda did myself in by looking at the beginning schedule, labeled Marathon Plan A, then asking "What's Marathon Plan B?" Right there, he asked what my base mileage is and whether this was my first time and if I had a time goal. When I answered 20ish, no and yes, he grabbed Plan A out of my hands and gave me the Intermediate plan. "You're no beginner, you can handle this," he said. "Be sure to remind me about your time goal once we get about six-eight weeks in so we can work toward that," he said. So, there you go.

Gotta run. Today is another busy day, I'm sure. A few deadlines, a ton of con calls, and oh, yeah, IT'S FRIDAY!!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

2 miles done

If this doesn't show how dedicated I am to this Run Every Day in October thing, I don't know what does. As evidenced by the post previous, today has been one big stress-kitty day. And then to top it all off, when I was about to head out the door for my run after putting the boys down (that makes it sound like I'm a vet and they're sickly old dogs -- what I meant is that I put them to bed), I walk through the living room and hubby had turned on Dexter. What!! I forgot that my in-laws have Showtime, and Sunday's episode was being re-run. Man, I was going to miss it if I went out... but, that's what DVRs were invented for, right?

So, yeah, now I have Dexter recorded on my in-laws DVR and I have to figure out when to come over here and watch it.

Sigh. Oh, well, it's late and I stink. G'night.

All I wanted was a drink...

so, we were supposed to close on the house last week. They pushed it to this past Tuesday. Then, on Monday afternoon, we hear that they submitted false information on their mortgage app and had to resubmit and go through approval again. For a very scary 24 hours there, we thought we'd have to go back on the market and go through the showing parade again. Gawd, kill me now.

Why did they just find that out less than 24 hours before closing? I don't know, but it f%$#@ us up even more, since we'd already arranged for the utilities and phone/internet (INTERNET, people!!) to be cut over. When we found out (LESS THAN 24 HOURS) before the move was supposed to happen that we had to push back to this Friday, all of a sudden we're the ones scrambling to undo all that list of stuff you're supposed to do when you move, like I don't know MAIL, PHONE, INTERNET, CABLE, WATER, ELECTRICITY... grrrrr. We thought we'd caught them all, until the internet went down last Thursday -- they apparently didn't get the "undo" order, just the original disconnect work order.

And then today, I'm standing at the kitchen sink, getting a big glass of water after lunch. I'd had a nice little frozen dinner with some cheesey rice and chicken. And some grapefruit. But I was really kinda thirsty. All I wanted was a drink. And halfway through filling my 32 oz insulated hospital mug (yes, it's almost 8 years old now and you can't read the name of the hospital anymore, but it's a damn good mug), the water just kind of trickles to a stop. And then nothing. Eff me. No water. Because we're supposed to have moved by now, the friendly folks down at our utility shut off the water. It's going to be at least tomorrow until they can get it back on. And we didn't even want to know how much it's going to cost to have it turned on for a week.

SIDEBAR: Now, I fully realize that there are folks down in the Houston/Galveston area that just got through a long stretch of two or three weeks without water and electricity, and I totally am not comparing this inconvenience to that. They definitely had it tough for way longer and had a big battle to deal with in all aspects of their lives. I get that. But the rest of the world down there was messed up too, which is no consolation, but it's somewhat understandable that this is what happens when Mother Nature gets pissed.

But, what is maddeningly frustrating with this whole situation here is that it should have never happened. And it wouldn't have happened if these people buying this house had just done what they needed to do properly. Now we're at their mercy while they get their sh!t in a pile, praying that the builder doesn't decide (what is well within their right) to pull the new house from us.

Meanwhile, we're completely in limbo here, and having to scramble to re-arrange all this, not to mention the movers, plus we're not even talking about things like transferring the Elder Child's school. If we'd moved when we were supposed to, we could have transferred him at the end of a grading period, but now they're already two weeks into it and he's having second thoughts about switching schools. Argh.

Like I said, it's a total cluster. So tonight, when I get done with work, I get to pack up a suitcase for all of us and spend the night at my mother-in-law's house (In the doll room. The scary doll room, with lots of scary dolls with scary eyes). And then hopefully tomorrow when we get the boys off to their schools I'll come home and see if the water is on and I can get a drink.

NOTE: I still plan to run tonight -- this is part of why I chose to stay in the scary doll room instead of at a hotel on the north end of town where I wouldn't be able to run outside. I'll actually get a chance to run right by my you-can-see-it-but-you-can't-move-in-yet new house. Sigh.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

One day...

soon, I will run more than two miles in a day. Today was NOT that day. I did manage to eke out a 2.3238 miles run (per GMaps Pedometer) tonight after the TDP DinoBoy was in bed (with visions of Bilbo Baggins and his party of dwarves invading his little hole). It was another rough day around here, so yet again I'm glad to have the challenge to motivate me to get out and get some amount of exercise today. Otherwise, I'd have very easily just turned in after a couple of pages of the Hobbit instead of going out.

Oh, and a little fun fact: today, I ran in a long-sleeved shirt for the first time since probably March. Yee-haw!! Fall has fallen! It's entirely possible it will hit 90 at least once or twice more this year but for tonight, I'll take it. G'night, all!

Monday, October 06, 2008

2 miles

again. meant to do more, but it didn't happen. I did one mile inside on the treadmill and then decided I couldn't handle one more step on that thing. So I ran around the block for another mile. Whereupon I got locked out of the house when I got back. Let's just say that's par for the course today. No times to report today -- I kept the treadmill on 5.0 and then I didn't use the watch for the mile in the hood. Gotta go to bed now.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

two, two, two miles

yeah, I know. It's supposed to be my long run day. But Hub and Elder Child were gone on their overnight trip, so it was just me and TDP DinoBoy this morning, which meant no run for me this morning. Instead we slept in, had a nice simple breakfast, and then headed back out to the school carnival for day two of booth duty. Afterward, my new sister-in-law was at my in-laws' waiting for all the guys to get back, so we headed over there to visit and catch up. I hadn't seen her since right after the wedding, and it was nice to have a little bit of time to just chat. But there went the afternoon, so no chance to go to the gym.

Later on, while the Cowboys were playing one of the ugliest games since, um, last week, I took TDP DinoBoy to the rink for a little extra ice practice, then we had to scurry over to Michael's for art supplies for a science project. By that time, it was pretty late, and I thought I'd have a chance to run outside. But, the science project needed a little constructive critique and artistic direction (in other words, I had to teach the boy how to tie the pipe cleaners together for his 3-D model of Chromium), and before I knew it, TDP DinoBoy was ready for to call it a night. We picked up a copy of The Hobbit at the carnival's book nook yesterday, and I'd promised him we'd read before bed. Just like that, it was 9:15 and too late to run outside. So, I had to hit the treadmill for the requisite 2 miles. If not for this little project of mine, I'd easily have just hung on the couch with the cats. So, it's good for a little motivation, if nothing else.

The next week is going to be crazy, but ultimately fabulous if I can survive. I'll do my best to keep posting, and it's non-negotiable that I get in a run every day, but I can't promise anything beyond that. It's getting late, so I've gotta tuck in now.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Four in a row

Got it done. Only about 2.5 miles, though, since I've got to go fetch TDP DinoBoy from grandma's house (he's not going hunting YET) so we can head out to the school carnival. Fun times, I tell ya! Don't believe that I ran 2.5 miles? Here's the proof! I woulnd't make up that crazy route on my own, I promise you!! Anyway, since I wont' be so close to this park anymore after this week (yippeee!!) I thought I'd do the park loop one more time for old time's sake.

Gotta blast. Have a great day!!

4 miles

This should have been posted yesterday. 'cause I ran it yesterday. I went out a little earlier in the evening than the night before, so it was hotter and I was slower. Just by a tad. but I still made it happen. three days in a row. woo-hee!

Mile 1: 10:53
Mile 2: 11:30
Mile 3: 11:02
Mile 4: 10:23

Sheesh, that second mile was glacial, I don't know what was up with that. And I did negative-split the thing by, what, nearly a minute?

Average pace: 10:57
Total time: 43:50

So not my best effort on that path, but not dreadful either. And I wasn't dead either like the night before. I didn't know ten seconds a mile would be so much work. Whatever, that was yesterday. Today is a new day. Which means I should get outside and hit it before the sun comes up. Supposed to be back in the upper 80s/low 90s today -- wheee!!! The boys are going bow-hunting today, supposedly, although they haven't left yet and they should have left around 4:00 am. They're burning more daylight than I am. Gotta go!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

4 miles

ick. I need to do something about my fitness level. bleagh. I ran the 4-mile out and back and it was not fun. even though the temps are nice October evening low 70s, the split times were dismal:

Mile 1: 10:35
Mile 2: 11:07
Mile 3: 10:54
Mile 4: 10:33

Total time: 43:10
Average pace: 10:47

OK, so actually, there was only one split above 11:00, so it wasn't that terrible. But if felt like hell. I *worked* for those, and I used to get times in the 9:50s when I worked that hard. Plus, it's hard to explain, but I just felt sluggish. Sigh.

Maybe running every day in October will help with this. Damn, did I just say that out loud? Eeep.

In lurve wid da kittehs

more animals

I have a mobile edition of this on my iPod touch. Perfect for the mall during ice practice. tee-hee.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

2 miles

better than nothing. and, let's say, for instance, hypothetically, that I was engaged in some kind of streak goal for the month of October, a 2-mile run would be the minimum amount to count for said streak. I'm just saying. If I were to do such a thing. I've been known to do it in the past. Not saying that I'm doing it now. Out loud.

ORN: 2 miles on the treadmill; total time 22:30.

BTW, a happy, happy, happy 21-year-anniversary-of-our-first-kiss to my hubby. You still make me smile every day.