First hill repeat workout is complete!
We started our hill workouts yesterday. I love hills and I hate hills. Mostly hate...you will never see me wearing an inspriational shirt that says "I eat hills for breakfast" because personally, I don't relish that kind of challenge. But I know that they are a necessary evil when it comes to distance training, so I begrudgingly do them, and I love how accomplished I feel when I'm finished. While I'm doing them, however, is another story. Anyway, I did four hill repeats yesterday and lived to tell the tale. We had the added bonus of a freshly dead armadillo to navigate around - gross! Afterward, Julia and I went to Planet Fitness, so I awarded myself bonus points for the day. Go me!
I know I keep mentioning how much fun I have with my running buddies, but it really is true - we've got a great group and there's not only a bit of running going on, but a lot of socializing as well. For example, after we ran on Saturday, we had a mini breakfast at the park while we did our clothing seminar/clothes swap. Then, a group of us decided to go to the running store because it was the last day there for Dan, who was one of the co-owners. We shopped with the special "Dan Discount Day" (coined by Julia), said our goodbyes, gave him sweaty hugs (he'll still be around at races, just not at the store), and then we decided we needed to go to Blue Baker for second breakfast. It's amazing how much laughter we got in before 10:00 am!
Newly-engaged Phillip and Sarah came to town over the weekend, so naturally they had to run with us:
Wait...we need a close up of the ring:
There's the bling!
OK, so I've covered hills, friends, and bling. That leaves superpowers, which Phillip and I both got in the form of our new Garmin Forerunner 220s:
Garmin 220 powers, unite! We may have been a bit giddy at this point. Also high on bagels and friendship.
I've had my old Garmin, the 305, for over four years now, and have wanted a new, smaller version for about two years, which was when the Garmin 10 came out. But I couldn't quite justify it, since the 305 was still working. However...the 220 has such neat new features, it's so much lighter (1.4 oz. vs. 2.5 - a big difference on a wrist), and this was the most discounted I've ever seen it, plus I had a gift card to the running store. Boom - it was mine. Phillip followed suit, and my running buddy Cary got the fancier version (the 620)! I've used the new 220 a couple of times already and like it quite a bit - I even set it up so I can invite people to livetrack me when I run (which will be handy during a race). So goodbye Ricky Bobby - you've been good to me, but it's time to let you go:
I love that it doesn't wrap halfway around my wrist! And the lower profile is pretty sweet, too. Plus, I love the color - what a nice change!