Running and blogging have had to take a bit of a back seat this past week. I’ve been a little busy with other endeavors. Jones turned 8 today and I got to spend the better part of yesterday creating this masterpiece:
In case you can’t tell, those are lightsabers from Star Wars. I’m neither a good baker nor particularly artistic, but twice a year, I get to create a masterpiece. Thankfully, while their ideas are grandiose, the boys have fairly low standards for the actual execution LOL.
Today may have been Jones’ best birthday party ever, at least from my perspective. We held it at a local bowling alley and it included bowling, pizza, and all set up/clean up, so all I had to do was show up with a cake. Awesome!
In running news, I ran a hilly four miles Friday at a 9:25 pace. My only goal was to stay in the shade, since it was a sunny 82 degrees out (I know, I’m a warm weather wimp), so I was pleased with the average pace. Today, I made a failed attempt at speed work. I briefly contemplated doing mile repeats, but after the near fail of the first one, I cut back my plan to 1 x 1 mile, 2 x .5 mile and 4 x .25 mile (and I didn’t even manage that). My goal was approximately an 8 minute pace.
1 mile: 8:04 (almost hit it)
1st .5 mile: 3:59 (ok)
2nd .5 mile: 4:13 (FAIL!)
At that point, I decided speed work was just not in the cards today. My breathing was fine, but I just couldn’t get my legs to do the necessary turnover. So, I just ran enough to hit 5 miles in 45 and change. Guess I have my work cut out for me as my next race is an 8k.
Three weeks until round 2 (AKA Shoo’s birthday). Wonder what creation I’ll get to come up with for him…