Thursday, July 24, 2008

How can 3 be harder than 8?!

Had a tough run this morning, and it was all of 3 miles! This happens to me once in a while, I'll go out for what I think will be an easy 3, and it'll feel more tough than a 7 or 8 mile run.

I think the problem may be that I went to the gym with the plan of doing just 3. I guess it's a mindset thing, because when I go in with a plan to do say, 7, then 3 usually doesn't feel so bad. I hadn't run in a week before today (but I had worked out on the Elliptical a few times), but usually just a week off doesn't set me back much at all, but today was just hard. I didn't have to stop to walk or anything, it just felt tiring, I just wasn't all that into it. I ran it at a pace of about 9:15, which is pretty typical for me. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

I found a cool site, where you enter your name, and it shows you all the races you've been in. I had never heard of it before, yet I have a feeling that everyone else already has heard of it - I'll share it anyway, just in case. It's fun to see your name listed in all the races you've done, you can always stalk other people I guess too, if that's your thing!

Not much else new going on here. Just waiting for summer to wind down, only a couple of months to go before we start to feel some relief around here. By relief, I mean October, where it's usually in the mid 80's instead of 90+ everyday!

How many of you do not belong to a gym? I am considering giving up the gym, just haven't decided yet. I have been going for about a year and a half now, and I have always enjoyed it, I love that Ava goes to the daycare there, makes it so much easier to get those workouts done. But, now that she'll be in school essentially all day starting next month, it might be easier for me to work out on my Elliptical at home, and do my running outside. Not sure that the gym will be worth the money anymore, as getting there between dropping her off and picking her up at two schools every day is going to be challenging. We'll see, still thinking that over, I have some time to figure it all out.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! We're off to the beach this weekend for a few days, guess it's sort of a "Stay-cation", is that what they're calling it?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Back into the swing of things.....

And, it really feels great! I have had some great runs this week, and am so glad to be back on track. I ran 7 on Monday, 6.5 on Tuesday, did the Elliptical on Wednesday, and ran 7.5 today. It has been feeling great, and I've been averaging about a 9:15-9:30 pace, which is good for me.

This time of year, it's hot as heck in Florida, so my runs are mainly done on the treadmill at the gym, which is fine with me since I can drop the little one in the daycare there and have the time to myself. I would typically still aim for at least 1 outdoor run per week in the summer, I'd just schedule it for 6am or so, before the part of the day where I'd melt out there running. But, we have a rapist on the loose here in Orlando, not far from where I live. Even though the attacks (unfortunately, including one murder of a runner) have been happening about 6 or 7 miles from my house, that's still too close to home. And, what really freaks me out is that they've been happening at what I'd consider to be safer times of the day to run, like 6 in the evening. When I run at 6am, there's no one around, so that can't be too safe. Just crazy that we have to worry about this stuff. So, the runs are definitely staying on the treadmill for a while. So, girls, be careful out there, regardless of where you live! My husband and Ava wanted to take a bike ride last night around 7pm, and I decided to run along side them - wow was I dripping after only 1 mile, it was too hot for me!

Not a lot new going on, just staying busy, school starts in just 39 days (yay!). As much as I love having Ava home for the summer, it will be nice to get back to the school schedule next month.

Looking at races for the fall, have not decided on anything yet, but definitely want to do another half, I think I mentioned that in a previous post. I am really looking forward to the time of year when it starts to cool down a little bit here - that would be Oct-Nov. Long way to go!