5.2 on 6/2...
Clearly, I didn't think this through when I began my tradition of running my new age in miles on my birthday. What didn't seem too bad, mileage-wise, when that number began with a "4" has gotten a little more daunting as I get older. Especially because I'm not in training for a half marathon, so my long runs haven't been all that long - usually only 3 miles...in fact, the last time I ran more that was nearly eight weeks ago, at the Cap10K race! But I turned 52 yesterday, so 5.2 miles was on tap.
Jeff took off a couple of hours from work in the morning so he could run with me. We ran a nice 5 mile loop, and it was only a little difficult to run past our car to get the additional two-tenths of a mile and make it an official birthday run. We did 2:1 intervals and took it easy, and in return, the weather was fairly decent for this time of year - it was only 68 degrees when we started out. We got to see an orange full moon when we arrived at the park, and later on got to see a beautiful pink sky sunrise, complete with a pink sun. It was like nature's version of a color run!
I was surprised that I felt pretty good during the run - honestly, I wondered if I'd get through it, what with the whole not running longer distances thing going on. But my legs, lungs, and brain cooperated, and it ended up going well. Plus I had a bonus sighting of Brian with dogs Koda and Abby, my usual Thursday running buddies (with their mama Cary). Abby ran past me and kept glancing back, like "wait a minute, I'm usually running with that lady" - she was so cute!
After the run, we went to Blue Baker for breakfast. Neither of us had eaten anything before the run, nor had taken any fuel during it, so we were pretty much famished and ordered a lot of food:
I destroyed the entire bagel sandwich - it was so good!
I like this picture - Jeff was laughing, and the steam from the coffee reminded me of a genie popping up to grant a wish. If Jeff's wish was for most of the cinnamon roll, it was granted - I was pretty full after that sandwich.
You know how you SAY you want to do something, and your friend says "yes, let's do that" and then months go by and you don't actually do it? Well, time was up last week, and I joined Cary at Planet Fitness to do a toning workout that her sister had recommended to us back in January. Cary had actually started it a couple of weeks prior to my joining in, which was good because she had the moves figured out. HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, it was challenging! Especially the first day, because Cary had missed a workout, so we had a double on tap. We did legs, abs, and chest. The abs and chest workout was hard enough, but the legs beat me down. It's hard to believe the same legs that let me run three miles regularly protested all of the lunges and squats so much, but they did.
I went back on Monday, and I'll go again today, even though it's leg day again and that is not my favorite. This has got to be good for me, right? I keep telling myself that - it's a lot more intense than doing the 30-minute circuit workout, that's for sure. And then I'll go for my usual 2.5 mile run with Cary on Thursday morning...that will be the real test, to see if I can run 12 hours after leg day!