I REALLY needed a break today. The boys started fighting the minute they woke up and Jones’ swim instructor didn’t show up for his 8 am class. By 9:30 am, I’d had it.
The sitter arrived at 2:30 and I headed out for an easy 4 mile run. I didn’t even take Garmin along. I started the timer on my watch, but I really just ran what felt good and didn’t think worry about it. Despite a couple of LONG stop lights and a call from Beer Geek in the middle of the run, I finished in 39:15. If I had to guess, I’d say that 37-38 minutes of actual movement would be more accurate.
To answer a couple of questions from yesterday’s comments, I got two new pairs of Mizuno Wave Rider 11’s in the mail. I heart them. I ran in the blue pair today and it was immediately obvious how worn my old ones are. (Funny thing is, I used to wear Mizuno volleyball shoes in high school, but I always wore Asics for running, although I think my first Asics were for volleyball as well. Anyways, I never would have tried the Mizuno’s, but the guy at the running store recommended them after watching me run and I love them).
As far as the book, it was a study that tried to quantify the effects that grants have on scientific knowledge. As a research librarian with a background in economics, my part was to do a citation analysis (who was cited, which studies, was there any correlation between grant money and citations, etc.) Very dry stuff. The other authors (and really the more important authors LOL) were PhD economists. Anyways, stuff I did before I became a full time stay at home mom.
Before the run, I was all ready to write a post about what a bad place I was in mentally. The kids are driving me crazy (each in their individual way and collectively LOL), Beer Geek has been traveling way too much, and my weekend long runs and midweek medium long runs are starting to take up too much of my time. I don’t find running relaxing when I’m trying to force it into an already packed schedule. I’m in a better place now that I had a nice run, but I’m really looking forward to the marathon being over. Physically, I think I could probably do more than one marathon, but the training is taking quite a mental toll. I look forward to going back to shorter length runs and being able to focus on speed more than endurance.