I ran my four miles for Reese’s Run (there’s still time to sign up!) today because I won’t run tomorrow or Saturday in preparation for the GW Parkway 10 miler on Sunday. I planned to take it really slow and easy, but apparently I suck at pacing myself. The first mile was 9:05. A little fast, but mostly downhill. About a third of the way through the second mile, I was really regretting it, thinking I’d gone out way too fast. Then I looked down at Garmin. I was running uphill, into the wind, at an 8:50 pace. Oops. No wonder I was dying! I ended up doing the 4 miles in 35:43, including a few stoplights. Not exactly the slow run I planned, but it felt good, nonetheless.
The Lululemon shorts totally rocked the run! They were so comfortable. It was warmish today and I found them much cooler than my compression shorts. They are about 2 inches shorter, plus they feel lighter and looser, so it felt like the breeze (or very strong wind as the case may be) was able to cool my legs a bit. So, two thumbs up for these shorts! (No, I have no connection to the company, but if they want me to be their heavy thighed guinea pig, I’d be happy to try out other stuff for them LOL).
I’ve been trying to figure out my goals for the 10 miler on Sunday and I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I’m just going to run what feels good and enjoy the run. It’s supposed to be pretty warm, which tends to slow me down. Also, my quads are still a bit sore from Tuesday, so my legs may not be their best. Since this was an impulse buy LOL, it wasn’t really planned with my other races and I don’t want to mess up my half that’s in two weeks.
When I ran my 12 miles on Tuesday, I wore my Fuel Belt with one of the pockets filled with Gu and the other filled with my license, cell phone, house keys and $10. That’s pretty standard for me for my longer runs. When I got home, I pulled out my keys and went into the house. Later on, I emptied my belt and couldn’t find the $10. I figured it fell out when I pulled out my keys and put it out of my mind, assuming someone would pick it up (we live on a major road with a bus stop one yard away). Today, when I got the mail, I found the $10 at the bottom of my mailbox. Apparently someone found it on my yard and put it there so we’d find it. What a nice surprise!
I also found out that Gap now owns Athleta. I’m totally psyched because I have $70 in gift cards to Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic and now they will also work with Athleta, which may mean trying some of their running stuff. Woot!