I Beat You Rain..
The weather here in NY has been just horrific the past couple of weeks. Rain – rain and even more rain. Saturday called for – yep you guessed right…more rain. So I ran a nice 6 miler and beat the rain. A LSD run I suppose. I am needing to start upping my mileage as I am training for and running the NYC Half Marathon on August 16th.
I am having a bit of a dilemma in my head about how I want to approach this race. Do I want to fun run it? Shall I set a goal time? Should I try to PR? Yes to all of the above of course. I want every race I run to be fun. I sure want to have a goal in my head and without a doubt I want to PR the thing.
But, I also live in the real world where real life things can occur. So, I don’t put much pressure on these sorts of things. Yeah right.
I do admit, I am falling in love with running all over again. With me its been an on again – off again love affair. I have gotten many great highs from running, but I have also had just as many lows. Injury after injury – mile after mile – I always come back to the place where I just love it. For its simplicity. For its ease.
I am not the runner I once was nor will I ever be. But, that does not mean I am not a better runner now than I once was. Better, in the sense that I appreciate it more and more. I don’t want an injury to take me out again. But, I need to be smarter this time around. We all know there are OK pains to run with and not so OK pain. We know this. I know this.
Last night I had a family dinner thing and I had a lot of laughs. (sorry for the segue) I sat next to my cousin Mark who in all the years I know him, has been as skinny as can be. He smokes cigars and I assume does not exercise. So, last night I asked him “Hey Mark, do you exercise at all?” Mark said “We have Wii Fit at home”. Yeah but do you exercise? I asked. Again, his answer was Wii Fit but he didn’t say he used it just that he has it. So what, does he exercise by osmosis or something? His daughter Sarah at 10 years old is skinny as skinny can be. She is active.
So, as I was perusing the menu, I realized that there was hardly any really healthy choices. Sure, there was fish on the menu but somehow I felt as though if I did not cook it myself I wasn’t sure what I was getting. In the end, I went with the trout and a sweet potato plus a nice salad and sauteed spinach.
Today, I ran a consistent 5 miler. I also ripped my shirt right off my back. Ok, well after about almost 4 miles I was drenched and felt as though I needed my body free of clothes. NO NO NO I did not run the last 1.2 miles naked. Sports bra – shorts – socks – kicks. I tried picturing myself and how I looked but honestly I didn’t really even care. My chubby tummy was neatly tucked into my Nike running shorts so all was good. Plus, I wasn’t getting any funny looks from anybody so maybe I looked like an elite runner out there. Who knows?
I am awaiting an ipod shuffle. My beloved old ipod nano has decided not to charge anymore. Guess it just got tired and needs a rest. So, the shuffle with its cute clip on will do the trick for me.
5 miles 51.40 10.19 min/mile Best pace 7.38 min/mile
Mile 1 10.27
Mile 2 10.45 (no idea what happened here)
Mile 3 10.31
Mile 4 10.02
Mile 5 9.56
If you can understand, dear Michelle, that the 3 greatest obstacles between you and the life of your wildest dreams are actually imaginary, a product of your mind alone, I do believe we’ll blow the wheels clear off this popsicle stand.
“Push-Ups” for everyone,