I put them in year order, but it bothers me to see that orange one glaring at me...I tried a different journal one year and now it mocks my OCD brain.
I wasn't running for too long before I started keeping training logs - our coach handed us the yellow booklet on the first day of our training back in August of 2010, and it got me in the habit of keeping track of my runs - days, distance, weather, pace, all kinds of things. I graduated to using a variation of the Runner's World training journals, and while I can look online and see my stats via Garmin Connect, I still like writing down everything after a run and keeping a running monthly and yearly tally of my mileage.
My new year for a training journal generally starts in May or June, depending on if I've taken off some time from running (which I did this year, in March, after my eyelid surgery)...I just note that on the previous week's page and gain an extra week or so in the journal. As a former sedentary person, it feels pretty good to see the stack of training journals grow; I'm really pleased with myself for keeping up with running!
As far as running goes, it's been tough...I know it gets hot here every summer, but man, it seems like it's really bad this year. Of course, I could look through my older training journals and basically see the same notations of high temps and humidity and slow paces in years past, but when you're actually dealing with it, nothing makes sense and my brain keeps telling me that I'm struggling more than ever. Not really...it just feels like that!
On Saturday, I ran by myself for the first time since February. The run itself was OK - I walked when I needed a break (like on the hills), and funny thing - I finished in almost exactly the same time as the previous week, when I'd run with Diane...but I felt like the run was much harder this time, which says a lot for how I'm approaching running solo. Something to work on, for sure. I didn't think to get my music and headphones ready until it was too late, so I'll have that for next time and maybe that will distract me from my thoughts. I'm still a work in progress when it comes to running, that's for sure!
Third try using the self-timer on my phone (first was all sky; we were looking up during the second one)...not too bad of a shot, and I like the unintended perspective of the Confederate soldier statue in the background!
I didn't want to wake up early on Monday to exercise, since it was a holiday, so I convinced Jeff to go for a 5K walk with me once we got rolling. We hit the park about 8:45 am - it was already 85 degrees out, and although there was some cloud cover and a nice breeze, the weather app said the "feels like" temperature was 95 - geez! The walk wasn't bad; we had one lap in the sun and most of the rest on the shady side of the park. I had to laugh because we'd been walking about half a mile when Jeff said "I didn't know you were serious about this walk - I thought you did more of a stroll" - and really, we were just doing the same pace that Jenny and I do with our walks, but he wasn't expecting any intensity. Afterward, we stopped at the car and I got my phone to take a few pictures as we did a little cool-down lap (a misnomer if I ever heard one in this weather):
Newer plaque - of course I had to touch the soil...
Jeff with the Confederate soldier statue - across the grass is the Union soldier statue; Jeff and the Confederate soldier were both looking at him.
The details on both statues were really good; I didn't get a picture of the mended tear on the Union soldier's trousers, but the hole in the Confederate's shoe shows how they didn't exactly get to run to the store and buy new things when their clothing wore out.
Afterward, we went to Panera for breakfast (Blue Baker was closed) - I have to say, their bagels aren't as good as BB's, but we survived. It was a nice way to start our Fourth of July celebration.
Yesterday, we ran 2.5 miles at 6:00 am, and honestly, it felt about the same as our walk from the day before in terms of heat, but there was a little bit of a breeze, so that was nice. And I saw my first mile in the 12:xx pace - haven't seen that in forever, and honestly, I didn't expect to see that until cooler temps arrive. But I'll take it!