Saturday, October 9, 2010

Longest Run Yet on Football Day

Running
So, I suppose you gathered from yesterday's post that my week ended on a good note. Despite the long hours and mild complaining (sorry about that), the week really went by quickly and the conference was a success. So hard work paid off.

I also got in an awesome run yesterday. I kept saying I ran close to 5.5 miles. Well, I am a weirdo who underestimates things. I don't have any handy dandy gadgets that tell me my mileage or pace. Well, Jason does and during our run today, he showed me how many miles I had gone in 50 minutes (which is what I ran yesterday). Needless to say, I easily ran just over 5.5 miles yesterday and felt awesome - so that makes me rather proud of myself actually. It also means I have been underestimating how many miles I run all the time. I don't know why, I just round things out. So if I run 40 minutes, I say 4 miles. But I run a lot faster than a 10-minute mile. But I just can't stop thinking that way. Silly I know. Do you under- or over-estimate?

Now, speaking of running and being proud. today Jason and I pounded out 8 miles at an 8.38 pace! No runner's high, but I am really proud of myself. This is my longest run to date. I also think that's a pretty decent pace for that distance - or for me anyway. I felt fantastic cardio-wise, but about 6 miles in my hip flexors and hamstrings started to get really really tight. The last half mile I had to just push through by mentally willing myself forward. But I did it, we did it I should say.

We both stretched a lot right after the run and when we got back to the house. I do see an Epsom salt bath in my future.

Game Watching
After the run, we ate and got cleaned up. We hit up one of the local running stores because they were having a sale. I got some new socks and a water bottle to carry with me. Jason picked up some more shoes. Then we headed to a friend's house to watch the Razorbacks play Texas A&M. I made some hummus and brought over some cheese dip and salsa that I had taken home with me from the conference's welcome reception we had Wednesday evening. My friend made some bruschetta as well. While I'm not really big into football, it was still a good afternoon spent with friends.

I'm not really sure what we'll do for dinner. It'll likely be something really easy like veggie burgers with baked sweet potato fries. It's a little warm for soup or chili - we actually got into the 90's today. Guess fall really isn't here just yet, not for us anyway.