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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Week Six Whoops!

I think week six is best summed up by my daily mile post for today. Other workouts this week included six miles on Monday and five miles on Wednesday. Sadly, I did not get any cross-training in this week. Next week should be better on that front... the schedule's fixing to lighten a bit.

For today's 'deep thoughts' section of the blog, I will say this: One thing I love about running is its ability to transition my mood and help me find perspective. There's nothing like a nice long run with the one I love to help me realize that things like forgotten Garmins and locked cars are sooooo very insignificant in the grand scheme of things. I completed today's run with an immense feeling of gratitude. I love running, I love my family, my kids are healthy, my leg feels good, it's a beautiful day, I have some phenomenal people in my life, I have people to help me when I need it, I have all I need and so much more... life is good, dang it!

And, finally, hear me now and believe me later. I am resolved to try Gu or something like it before the August 7th half marathon. Wish me luck :)

  • 12mi tracked
  • 01:47logged
  • 08:57pace
  • 1205calories
greatWhoops! 12 mi 01:47 08:57 pace

Where do I begin? We were up and at 'em early. Got the babysitter in the door and settled, and headed out for our group meeting spot. We got about 3/4 of the way there when I looked around the car and realized Gwen (the Garmin) had been left on the kitchen counter. Not to worry, the 'handy runner' app on the cell phone is not quite as handy as the watch, but it will do the trick.

We arrive at the meeting point with a few minutes to spare, so I opt to take a little walk to the facilities for a pre-run potty stop. The facilities were locked. Not to worry, there are plenty of biffys along the trail.

I get back to where everyone is gathering, and my beloved running buddy asks me, "How much do you love me?". In our relationship, this is never a good conversation starter. Turns out he had locked the keys in the car. Grroan. Again, however, not to worry, because we have THE best neighbors on planet earth. Made a quick phone call and made arrangements for fab neighbor Peggy to meet us when we were finished with our spare key. Peggy ROCKS!

So...after all that, we were not exactly in the best frame of mind to start this run. However, once we got going, this was a great run. A definite perk of all that Wednesday sprint and hill work is that it makes the Saturday long runs feeI positively dreamy. I have not yet worked up the nerve to try a Gu type product, and it caught up with me a bit today... I was really hungry by the end.

All in all, a great run.

  • Ann B.

    Anne, it took me forever to use Gels but now that I do I love it. I take one every 45 minutes during runs that are longer than an hour and a half.

    about 3 hours ago
  • Barry L.

    I agree with Ann - gels (or shot blocks, or similar) are an absolute necessity.

    about 3 hours ago
  • Renee B.

    Great job Anne! You had a lot of obstacles this morning and you did great. I do gels every 30-45 minutes on long runs. About 10 minutes after I take one I can feel the extra energy in my body. However it has taken a while to find gels that agree with my body and learn how to eat them. You might want to try some.

    about 3 hours ago
  • Jeni H.

    What a crazy morning, but you had a fantastic run! I like the shot bloks and usually try to eat one to two of them every 5 miles or so during long runs. You might want to try just tasting some different products on a non-run day sometime.

    about 3 hours ago
  • Tiffany R.

    Love Peggy! I did put down a Gu today at about 1:20 and it went ok took it in near water though. Great job today even though the start was rough! You guys are a great couple!

    about 2 hours ago
  • David B.

    Wow, 12 miles with no fuel - I used to bonk after 7. Now I never do a run over 6 miles without something. You might just find that you can push your pace another 20 seconds with some fuel.
    This would have been a great run at any time but given all the challenges this morning I'm very impressed with you.

    about 2 hours ago

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