Today is gorgeous here. It’s currently in the mid-70s and breezy, which is virtually unheard of in Virginia in mid-July. I dropped the kids off at camp this morning and headed out for a nice, slow 8 mile run. Two of my favorite bloggers have recently gotten certified for coaching running and they both are endorsing the really slow long run. I’m not very good at staying slow, but I decided that today I’d do my best to stay near a 10 minute mile and see what happened.
9:28 (oops, but it was mostly downhill)
9:54 (walked to eat a gu)
8:58 (with a half mile left to go, I decided to see what I had left)
All in all, an awesome run.
Our cookout this past weekend was a blast. We had our “usual” group of close friends over. I indulged way too heavily in the cheese platter, but didn’t drink as much as I sometimes do. I only had four beers, but they were some of my favorites: Dominion Baltic Porter, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Anchor Christmas, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. My friends gave me a hard time because I wouldn’t share any of the Baltic Porter. I’m usually very generous with my beer, but this was a seasonal that may not be made again, so I’m hoarding it.
The hardest part of having an event like that is not getting a lazy day the next day. Before kids, I would have spent most of Sunday lounging on the couch with a book. Instead, we got to go to the playground and shopping and played in the backyard. I’m still recovering.
Yesterday I was tired and cranky and Shoo didn’t have camp. Beer Geek had a “late” conference call. When he got home at 6, he told me to just go out until bedtime for the kids. I thought about heading over to the library and reading or going to a coffee shop. Instead, I ended up heading to a store and bought myself an early birthday present: an Asus Eee Netbook. Now Beer Geek and I won’t have to fight over who gets to surf the ‘net LOL. Between my nice, unexpected break last night and the enjoyable 8 miles today, I’m in a much better mood today.
(Oh, and I called and emailed tfh and haven’t heard anything back yet.)
Category: long run