So, um yea, I've been meaning to blog. Just like last week I was meaning to work out. I ended up taking the week after the Irish Sprint off. I kept meaning to get up and work out, but nada. Last week, I did workout almost daily, but I also worked late daily. I was actually really excited to share my Thursday evening run, but Friday was quite crazy.
First, I would just like to put out there that I'm already over 100 miles for the year. That accomplishment took until mid-August last year. I told J that I didn't need a milestone present, since he had just gotten me a tutu and I got myself Hunger Games nail polish. But, he knows me and knows how much I love presents, and got me one anyway - a heart rate monitor. It's pink and super cute, and has been fun to work with so far. I can see how many calories I burn, and it's nice to have a more accurate count. I have only been using the monitor for the past few days, but I've definitely been overestimating my calories burned. It will be interesting to see how this helps my weight loss. J got a heart rate monitor for Christmas, which has really helped his training, and he wanted to spread the love.
On Thursday, I set out for a 5 mile run. My gps was a little off, telling me I reached miles 1 and 2 earlier than I know I did (even if I didn't know the course - sub 9 minute miles? nope). That wasn't a problem for the rest of the run because my phone died. J was running an easy run, which meant he was still ahead of me, but at least I could see him and O, where as usual I have no clue where he is on our run after we start. However, he was just far away where I couldn't get his attention, so I figured I'd just see J on his way back, ask him where to turn around, and be set. Little did I know J decided he was feeling so good at his easy pace that he would just keep going as long as possible. When he finally turned around and I caught up with him (I also wanted to hand off my phone and pick up my water from him), I was well past my 2.5 mile turn around.
Fortunately, I was feel really, really good. Like, I only stopped to wait at a crosswalk and once more for 30 seconds before finding J. Like, I kept up with J for a little bit after we turned around (he ran back to the turnaround point with me to go back home together). I realized that J's easy is still faster than my hard, BUT I didn't walk. I let J and O go ahead, but I kept running (until another crosswalk, so it's not like I was without breaks) all the way until the end. And I even managed to kick it out a bit at the end! This run was certainly a confidence boost.
I also tried a GU Peanut Butter flavor, which was delish. I may have to buy some more. It was actually the first GU that I have tried, and I was a little afraid, but once I got enough water to wash it down, my stomach settled. I was sad to have no music, but all in all, I had a great run.
And now, with my charged phone, I'm going to attempt to recreate for 9 miles.