- A humid 12 (plus) run (walk)
- Glo Run 5K (walk)
I debated about running this weekend, but I just feel better when I’ve conquered 12 miles prior to a half so out I went. I tried to wake up early-ish on Saturday, I really did. But the snooze button was ever so attractive. After several rounds of snooze button pushing, I finally got up.
I walked outside and into the humidity. Ugh. You know how a lot of running is mental? Well that humidity started messing with my thoughts almost immediately.
I had already planned on mixing up my route today and I hoped the new territory would help with the distraction factor. And with that I turned right out of my house.
I was actually doing okay to start with. I was definitely dripping sweat and my legs were a little slow to wake up, but I settled into a good rhythm.
I reached the edge of the park and kept going straight.
Let’s digress into a little back story – I had become increasingly frustrated with the first freeway I take in the morning and I was determined to find a side road to freeway #2. In discovering a side road, I also discovered another little small park. My goal was to run to the second park, which I did, and then passed it by as well.
This is where the distraction really helped as I gazed at what stores were lining this street. Best discovery? Orange Leaf!! I’ve never tried their frozen yogurt before!
Finally I turned on a cute street and then began making my way back to the park. While on my way to the park, I attempted to do running math in my head to make sure I got my 12 miles in. Have I mentioned before that I don’t do so well with the running math? I’m still not sure where I went wrong, but I ended up basically doing an extra mile. Oops! Needless to say I walked a good deal (especially when I realized I was going to be over 12). But I finished. And drank the nice cold glass of chocolate milk that was waiting for me at home.
But that wasn’t all! After several hours at work, a few co-workers and I did the Glo Run. Except we didn’t run at all. Because it was dark and I had no doubt if I even attempted to run, I would fall. It was fun – at each mile marker (approximately) there was some sort of tent or dance party or something. My one complaint would be the finish – it was somewhat anticlimactic – there was no finish line! You just finished. And that was it.
Well there you have it. Another training cycle complete. Come back next week to see how I fared at the Disneyland Half and the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare.
Speaking of Dumbo, it is going to be a no expectation race. While I’ve gotten my long runs in and a few doubles, I don’t feel super ready. I haven’t had a proper night’s sleep in about 3 months (at least) and its been a bit stressful (to say the least). Not that I’m complaining. But yes, I am complaining, because that’s what I do. I complain.
Not getting into the Disneyland Half meet up might actually be a blessing in disguise (up until this point I was holding out hope I *just might* get in because someone had to back out). Since I won’t have to get up super early, I might actually get to sleep in a bit. Yay!! (Trust me, if they offered me a spot in the meet up I’d be there in a heartbeat. After all sleep is for the weak (week)….after next.)
For those of you going to Disneyland, if you see me around, feel free to say hi. Although I say that and half the time I’m way too shy to actually go up to someone I recognize from the blogosphere.
However, if you see me on the course and I look like I’m about to cry or just barely holding on, please yell at me. Even if it’s just my name I will feed off the energy!!