So the run. I tried to run at a slower pace this time. That isn't easy! I was all over the place and kept checking Ricky Bobby - oops, too fast, better slow down. Then I would be going way too slow - oops, better speed up. I was aiming for a 12 minute mile, and overall, I came pretty close (exception being mile 9 at 13:38 - I always seem to have a craptacular mile) - my miles ranged from 12:01 to 12:27. I didn't end up pacing with the two women I though I would (one didn't show and the other started out with her husband), but Coach Cheryl and I ran together for about 2.5 miles, which helped. Then she had a restroom break (woohoo for the Exxon on our route!) while I ran on. Best part about the run? The chocolate GU. Seriously! I was not even nervous about the distance beforehand - I was just focused on the fact that I had two GUs along for the run and I was going to get to eat them at some point! Sad, I know...apparently food is still quite the lure for me. I guess I should get a "Will Run For Chocolate" t-shirt!
Couple of pictures for you - the first is my iPod shuffle/Airdrives set up (picture taken a couple of weeks ago before our latest bit of cold weather - note the short sleeved shirt):
I wrap the wire of the Airdrive earphones around and around the strap of my cap to get rid of the excess, and clip the shuffle to my hat. Love how lightweight and easy this is.
Next is a bit of different lacing on my running shoes - Coach Dale showed me how to do this after I mentioned that I always had to stop and retie my shoes about 2.5 miles into any run. He called this a "runner's knot" and it really did make the lacing not only feel more secure, but I didn't have to mess with my laces until about mile 7 of my 10 mile run (OK, that may have been more of an excuse to stop for a minute than anything else):
Tied - note the extra loop in the last two holes.
I found an explanation of how to tie this online - click here - they call it the "loop-lacing lock" but it's the same thing. Give it a try if you are having shoelace issues - but just be careful and don't tie it too tight - you'll hurt the top of your foot.
Oh! I saw the Hood to Coast movie last night - it's a documentary about the 197 mile relay race from Mt. Hood to the Oregon coast. It looks like a blast, and my non-runner husband is ready to form a team and do it! Might take a bit of logistics to work everything out, but I'm up for it. Plus you need to have a team name and fun costumes and decorate your van, which goes along with my motto "if you can't be fast, be stylish" - am I right or what?
Shameful Song of the Week (or, what keeps me running)
California Gurls by Katie Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg) - hey, it's got a good beat and I can run to it!