Saturday, December 3, 2011

Windy Run & Happy Hour with Friends

Windy Run
Today started off cloudy and cool, but then the sun started to show itself and the temps started moving in the right direction (for me that would be warmer of course). I set out for my long run of the week around 10:20 or so. It was looking to be a pretty day. Not too hot, not too cold.

I did start off with my handy dandy running sleeves, but rolled those suckers down by mile 3 - right before seeing a family of deer dart across the path. Not seeing rabbits on my runs, but the deer make me smile just the same. Around mile 3.5 I made a left turn and was slammed in the face by wind. It literally felt like I had stopped running forward. A few curse words might have slipped out.

Other than the run-in-place winds, I was feeling pretty good. My sciatica was only bothering me off and on. My calves were pretty tight from running yesterday as well though. I made a different loop trying to get the wind at my back for a bit, but I swear it just kept changing directions at that point. I stopped to refill my water and take a GU around 6 miles into the run.

Everything was good until mile 7.5 when I had to finish out the last stretch all in the head winds. It was brutal. When you feel like you're pushing hard but don't feel like you're moving fast, it starts to get to you mentally. I was definitely not smiling at this point. But I had no choice, I had 1.5 miles left to go, so I just did it. Overall, pretty good run. I definitely had to fight a bit for it though.

Hair Cut & Happy Hour
I got home and did my typical rolling and stretching routine before getting myself cleaned up. Next on tap was a hair cut. WAY over due mind you. Jason tagged along because we had plans after the salon visit. Since I do have short hair, it never takes more than 40 minutes tops.

He decided to walk next door to an outdoorsy type of store. I knew he'd not come back empty-handed of course. He informed me he found a kayak and camping gear he'd like. Oh, right, sure thing. And bought himself some Merrell minimalist shoes. He's been obsessed with minimalist shoes recently. He of course throws out, "never enough shoes, right?" making fun of me and my recent nail polish color. Humph.

We met up with some friends for a drink and snacks at Canon Grill. They have happy hour all day Saturday (hello $2 Blue Moon, which I crave after longer runs). I had already eaten lunch, but Jason hadn't. So he ended up having a quesadilla.

Of course, this means he won't want much for dinner tonight. I had planned on pizza (we had chili last night). So now I don't know what we'll have. I may end up having to have leftovers because I know I'll be hungry long before he is.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Run
  • Hair cut
  • Time with friends
  • Relaxing evening