So let's talk about that run. This was 4.5 miles, and again, I set out to run as much as I could, with (self) permission to take a walking break if I needed it. No 2:1 intervals - I just started my Garmin and took off running. I made a conscious decision (and asked Jeff to do the same, since he runs with me) to not pay attention to my pace AT ALL for these runs - I simply wanted to concentrate on the act of running continuously, and I know that if I (or Jeff) started to get caught up in the "too slow, too fast" game, all bets would be off for a good run.
It was 58 degrees, but damp, so it felt cooler. I ran with my jacket on for longer than I should have - the transition from cold-weather running to warm-weather running always throws me the first few times I do it...anyway, I finally took the jacket off at mile 2, and walked for a couple minutes while I got situated with that, plus I ate a Shot Block since I realized that I forgot to eat anything beforehand - oops. I can only say that having the house in chaos with painting the bathroom and bedroom threw me off.
Parts of our route have some pretty steady inclines, and I'm pleased to report that I ran all of them. You know how I don't like hills, so this was big for me...when I was doing the 2:1 intervals, I'd usually get a walking break on those hills; not taking one made me feel pretty good! Oh, and funny thing - Garmin Connect (the site where I upload my Garmin after each run) shows you all kinds of stats, and mostly I just look at my total time and pace per mile, but I looked at my splits, and at one point (one very short point, I'm sure), I was running at a 5:18 pace - it was after mile 4, so you know the end was in sight and I was trying to get there as fast as I could! I just thought that was funny - there's no way I could maintain that pace for even a minute, I'll bet, but it was interesting to see it pick up like that.
Afterward, we went to Blue Baker, where I ate like I ran 10 miles:
Three drinks, three food items...seems about right?
No wonder I wasn't hungry again until dinnertime! But seriously, and I know Jeff will be very sad about this, we are going to have to cut out the cinnamon twist that we split, at the very least, now that we're running less miles. The chocolate milk is for recovery (supposed to be the perfect combination of carbs and protein...all I know is that I get to drink CHOCOLATE MILK once a week), the Gatorade is because I sweat out so much salt, the coffee is because HELLO...COFFEE, the bacon is a new addition and so salty good (haha, can you tell I sweat a lot?), and the bagel is just plain delicious. Although I do scrape off most of the cream cheese, so there's that ::adjusts halo:: - but this is too much food, really.
Yesterday Jenny and I ran a little over 2.5 miles, nice and easy, while coming up with a plan for Saturday's Girls Just Want to Have Fun 5K race. Our grand plan? To have fun! We haven't run a 5K together in over a year, so this will be like old times, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Today I'll finally get back on the exercise bike - I say finally like it's been forever, which it hasn't, but I missed Monday because my body was TIRED after all the physical labor working on the bathroom over the weekend, and I took the day off from exercising. I hate to get too far out of my routine, though - I have a sneaking suspicion that Lazy Shelley is always biding her time, waiting to make a reappearance, so I don't dare let her get too comfortable.
Tomorrow, I'll be running with Jeff, as Erica is out of town helping her mom recover from surgery. All in all, a nice week of workouts!