It was beautiful here today. When I headed out for my long SLOW 12 miles today, it was right around 60 degrees and sunny. I went out with a goal of staying really slow and running 12 miles in two hours. I ended up doing it in 1:56:43. I thought it was going to be an easy run, but I chose a really hilly route and ended up with a couple of miles at a 10 minute pace and I was pretty tired by the end. I did manage to do negative splits and pushed out the last three miles at 9:37, 9:27, and 9:00. I really needed this run. I haven’t run more than a 10 mile run since the half in mid-March. I have another half in three weeks, with a 10 mile race this weekend, so this was really my last chance to get in significant distance.
Several bloggers have posted PSAs lately regarding the FiberOne granola bars. Last night I was craving something sweet and that was the only thing I could find. It didn’t seem to bother my stomach and I had no intestinal issues last night. I thought I was out of the woods. I was wrong. I’ll just say that when I weighed myself after my run, I was three pounds lighter than when I got up (and today I didn’t sweat overly much and stayed really hydrated.) Umm, yeah. Those things are dangerous.
And then there’s the story of the white cardigan. Back when we were newly married, I got it into my head that I need a white cardigan (yeah, what can I say, I’m a librarian. We wear cardigans). I even knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. I dragged poor Beer Geek all over trying to find the perfect white cardigan. I never found it. Now whenever I’m looking for something and having difficulty finding what I want, Beer Geek asks me if what I’m looking for is a “white cardigan”.
I think a running skirt that works for me may be a white cardigan. I tried on 7 different skirts today. With the exception of one, they all had inner shorts that had a 3-3.5″ inseam. This hits my thighs at the worst possible spot and is horribly unattractive. The last one had what I think was closer to a 4″ inseam. I liked the way the shorts fit, but the skirt was cut too straight, so it was tight around legs. I couldn’t go up a size because the waist was already loose. On the bright side, none of the skirts I tried were the sportskirts or runningskirt brand.
I did end up buying a pair of shorts to try. I stopped at Lululemon and tried on some of their capris and really liked them. The sales woman said that they offer free hemming, so I was going to have them turned into shorts. Another saleswoman suggested that I try on a pair of their shorts in the “tall” version. Perfect! Longer than typical, but still a good bit above the knee. They are snug enough that I think they’ll stay down, but not as snug as compression shorts. I’ll run in them tomorrow night and report back. ;o)
I also picked up my race packet for the GW Parkway 10 miler while I was at the running store. I really like the tech t-shirt that we got. Too bad I can’t wear it for the race. ;o) It’s a women’s fit, but a bit longer than most. I think it’ll come in handy as most of my tech shirts that are cut for a woman’s body end right about where my fuel belt hits, so they ride up and become uncomfortable while running. Hopefully this one will work better. It’s a good thing I get most of my shirts “free” from races. It leaves me with more money for skirts and shorts. LOL