I went running today in the snow. OK, so it was just flurries and well, there was no snow actually on the ground. And really, it was 36 degrees out, but still, I’m hardcore, right? (I can hear you northern girls snickering from here.)
After two days of 33 degree rain, it was dry and sunny today AND a friend took Shoo for a couple of hours. I was planning a 4 mile tempo run, but I’ve been having some stomach issues and I had a raging headache, so I decided to just do an easy 3 miler. I felt better as I ran and did manage to do 4.5 miles at about a 9:30 pace, but it was definitely not a great run. I also tried to use my heart monitor and I couldn’t get the band to “talk” to the forerunner. Not sure what the problem is. Even if I can get that worked out, I need to figure out how to tighten the band more. It was barely tight enough when I had the band pulled as tight as possible and I’m afraid it will slide down when I’m running.
I’ve been feeling “off” lately. Not feeling 100% physically and in a bit of a slump mentally. Today’s weather helped, but I’m still not quite myself. Several friends have gotten bad news lately (job layoffs and miscarriage) and I’m kind of down about that. I’ve also been feeling a bit guilty for not feeling 100% thrilled with my life, when others have actual negative things going on and I’m just tired and bored.
I signed up yesterday for the Marine Corps Historic Half in May. I haven’t signed up for the National Half yet. I have two issues with that one. First, since I’m running a half the preceding weekend, Beer Geek will have already wrangled Jones and Shoo for the better part of weekend day. I generally try not to do that two weekends in a row. Second, and far more important to me, is that the National Half starts in downtown DC at 7:00am. I don’t drive in the city (you can stop laughing now). I just don’t. The metro won’t be running that early, so that isn’t an option. Beer Geek can’t drive me in as he’ll need to stay with the kids. I do have some friends running the full marathon, so I can probably get a ride with one of them and then metro home. We’ll see.
Hills tomorrow (UGH!) and day 9 of toning/strength training. Over halfway to a new pair of socks!