Sorry I’ve been MIA! My work schedule was crazy last week (working late and skipping lunches) AND my wittle sister was home from school! So here’s basically a week’s worth of running updates!
My new running shoes finally came (after being shipped to Texas from San Diego first. Yeah, I live in the SF Bay Area…).
I wanted to run with Annie and test them out. We jogged an easy 2 miles with the dog. Did NOT like the shoes. Definitely not the right shoe for me. Whomp whomp.
Did not have much time because I left work late, had to cook dinner for the family, and it was my night to go to Kyle’s house.
Ran 3 miles doing 800 m repeats (jog 800 m, run hard for 800 m, repeat).
Vegan food for dinner- tempeh and veggies served over quinoa.
Since my sister was in town, she drove out to where I work for lunch and we obviously had to get frozen yogurt. It was delicious until I found a hair at the bottom of mine…it was not my hair.
Left work late again, so I didn’t have much time for a run because my mom, sister, and I had an appointment to get our eyebrows done. I decided to run with my dog and meet them there.
Friday I was going to sneak an easy run in (even though it was a rest day), but I worked from 6:50AM-5:30PM. I was beat and decided to meet Kyle and his mom for dinner.
Saturdays are usually longish run days mixed with speed work. Whelp, it was raining and clumsy people + speed work don’t mix well. I have a half marathon in ~2 weeks and was not about to NOT run it because I slipped in a puddle, tripped over a bench, fell in a pile o dog shit, and broke my ankle.
I opted to do an easy 10K (9:31 pace). It was so much fun! I discovered that I love running in the rain as long as it isn’t really cold and windy.
After my run and bagels with Kyle, we went to try to get me a new pair of running shoes.
If you are a new runner or thinking about running, try to find a shoe store that has a great return policy. I go to Road Runner Sports, and as a VIP member I get 90 days to test out my shoes. If I don’t like them, they will allow me to exchange them (no questions asked) and those shoes get donated!
I bought these to try (they will be shipped cause they were out of my size). And I have to show you a random cat photo because my 2 cats don’t really like each other. When we got home from the store, I found them by the fireplace (turned off when we left but it must have still been really warm) like this:
No, the white one is not dead.
Sundays are typically my long, easy run days. BUT because I didn’t get to do speed work on Sunday, I decided I’d do some during my 10 miler. Ran 10 miles: 1st 5 miles @ 9:33 pace, last 5 miles of fartleks (if you think I just named a weird bodily function, you can read more about fartleks here).
Kyle, being the best boyfriend ever, decided to meet me at mile 5. He rode up part of Mt. Diablo (he’s a cyclist), and then headed over to where my turn-around point was.
I asked if he wanted to help me do fartleks, and he said, “What the fuck is a fartlek?” I explained what it was, and we decided that he would speed up on his bike and then I would sprint and catch up. Rest. Repeat.
We did this once, and then decided it would be better if I sprinted for a pre-determined amount of time while Kyle rode next to me, encouraging me, tracking my speed, and counting me down.
So once on every block, I would sprint for 30 or 45 seconds (holding it at 9, 10, or 11 MPH) and then recover until the next block.
Actually incredibly fun!! I cannot tell you how much it helped to have him there. Running is an incredibly mental sport, and having the support of someone while you’re doing speed work makes all the difference. Now I just need to figure out how to bribe him to do this with me every week…
But I think I know how this will turn out.
Post-run, after I had cooled off and my sweat was now making me very cold, warming back up by the fireplace. Yes that is Kyle on the floor. He said that he now gets why the cats like to sleep right there.
And later that evening, before a delicious dinner at Kyle’s house.
What’d you do this weekend?
Anyone else like to run in the rain?
What’s your favorite way to do speedwork? Fartleks with Kyle!