Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Double Dip

It's not often that I go for a run twice in the same day, in fact it's been long enough that I can't remember the last time.

Yesterday, I went to the gym at 5:30am and ran 4 miles on the treadmill, at around a 9:15 pace (my typical pace). After that, I carted Ava back and forth to her 2 preschools, and after I dropped her off at the afternoon class at noon, I had the urge to run again. I got home, threw on the gym clothes, and hit the gym again. This time doing a 4.5 mile run, at an 8:30 pace! That's big for me, I'm the person who mainly runs around the same pace all the time, and just increases it toward the end of the run, for the last mile or so. In fact, during yesterday's morning run, I had done the first few miles at the 9:15 pace I mentioned, but for the last mile, I jacked it up to a 7:30 pace, only one mile of that, but it felt great! Did a short 3 miler at the gym early this morning, the hubby had to leave early this morning, so I only had time for 3 - but kept up the fast pace, did the 3 at an 8:30 pace again.

So, I'm working on getting faster, and I'm really enjoying those runs. Not a lot new going on over this way, we're getting used to the school routine again (I love it!). Ava loves school, it's going great. We used 2 bad weather days last week due to Fay, in the first week of school. But, what can you do, at least we didn't suffer any damage over here, I know of too many flooded areas, I can't even imagine.

Sorry that I haven't blogged much, when I get a more interesting life, I'll have more to blog about!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ahhh, this feels good

I am finally starting to feel like I have my groove back with running, after feeling a bit out of it the past few weeks. Had some great workouts this week, and I feel back on track, which just feels great.

I mentioned in another post that I was considering quitting the gym, as it would be easier to just run outside, and use my Elliptical at home. I have sent in the paperwork to quit, but there is a new plan now, I think we're going to join the local YMCA, as it's about 1/2 mile from my house, much more convenient than the current gym (5-6 miles away). I literally pass by the Y every time I come in and out of my neighborhood, so this makes sense. Plus, for what I am currently paying for just Ava and myself, I can do a family membership, husband included, for $7 more. Seems like a decent deal.

So, I'll probably stick to the early morning workouts, around 5:30 when they open, just a good time of day for me. I'm excited about it, it's a small gym, but still very nice, and did I mention so conveniently located?

Been busy around here, school starts in just 9 days, and Ava is so excited, she loves school. I am really looking forward to it too, just another step closer to summer being over, and the Florida heat letting up (that part is probably another month and a half away, at a minimum).

My husband and I have realized that we're in dire need of a weekend away, just us, no kid. So, it looks like we'll be going on a roller coaster trip in October, and I couldn't be more excited! Before we moved to FL and had a child, we used to travel all over the country to visit different amusement parks and ride different coasters. The taller and faster, the better, we just love them. We will be going to a place that has fall weather, so I have a feeling getting back on that plane to come back to FL is going to be very hard, as fall weather is a huge thing I miss. But, I'm excited that I have a chance to spend a couple of days at my all time favorite amusement park, and enjoy some nice weather, and just some nice time away. Love that child of mine, but I could use a couple of days away from mommy-hood.