Monday, August 16, 2010

Getting back in the groove...

First things first, congratulations to Lindsay (chasing the Kenyans), she won the CSN giftcard giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered... I am still waiting to win one of those cards myself so I might be a little jealous!

I wasn’t particularly pleased with how my long run last week went down. I was supposed to run 10 miles according to the plan but ended up heading home at the 5 mile mark. I got a later start than anticipated that morning so I could blame the heat, the hills, my lazy training plan or any and all of the above. This weekend I was determined to turn that all around. I knew a change of venue was best but I was afraid to try anything too new and set myself up for failure two weeks in a row. With my easily shaken confidence, two weeks of failures would mean nothing but a lot of ice cream and TIVO at a pity party for one. ;)

Given that the previous week was a sweatfest, I decided to take my 10 miler indoors. As much as people dread the treadmill I knew under the right circumstances this was just the distraction I needed to kick it back into gear…. and it worked like a charm. The first 30 minutes, I spent working on hills by varying the inclines, the next 30 I did some speed intervals and then the remainder of the time was spent kicking back in a slower than usual pace watching That’s So Raven. Don’t judge… It was the TV I happened to be parked in front of (right...)
About halfway through, I ate half of a Marathon Energy bar and felt great for the rest of the run. It felt surprisingly easy and I even contemplated running a little extra (but then the Suite Life of Zach and Cody came on and I just couldn’t do it…). A great run, just what I needed to get past the less than stellar attempt last week!

In other news, today is my 19th anniversary! It is also the day Elvis died 33 years ago and Kathie Lee Gifford’s birthday but most importantly my anniversary :) The husband is pretty cute, sweet and an overall great person who wouldn’t want to hang out with him for 19 years?

8 comments:

Kovas Palubinskas said...
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Kovas Palubinskas said...

You were strong to say NO to the Suite Life after Raven. Good inner fortitude! :)

Jennifer said...

I don't think I know that show... doesn't sound like I am missing out! Great run, even in our heat I don't think I could run on the dread-mill. I am jealous that you can go so far! Cheers!

P said...

Happy Anniversary!

lindsay said...

happy anniversary! and woo hoo on the win!! thanks!!! :)

not so sure about those tv selections. they make these things called remotes you know... ;)

Amanda said...

Happy Anniversary!

Glad to hear you kicked it on the treadmill - I wish I was so strong - I still struggle with the treadmill, but am getting better at making the time go along :)!

AZ said...

I like those marathon energy bars but they seem like a bit much to eat while running. Worked okay for you though? Maybe I'll try it.

Oh, and happy anniversary. 19 years seems so long but it goes by so quickly doesn't it?

Jill said...

Happy Belated Anniversary :)!!!