Sunday, April 29, 2012

Running, Relaxing & Playing

Running and Relaxing
I must say it's been a really good weekend. Yesterday I ended up waking up way earlier than I had wanted. But, it turned out to be a good thing really. At 7 am it was already 70 degrees with high humidity.

I still didn't get my run started as early as I should have, but 9 am on a Saturday was early enough in my mind. I set out on my usual route for longer runs down at the river trails. I was sweating bullets pretty much from the start. The wind started to pick up, which at times felt good because it helped cool me off, but then at the same time I felt like I was running in place.

I definitely had a hard time judging my pace because of the wind. It always throws me off and it sounds crazy but I end up going faster somehow. Like my whole idea of perceived rate of exertion is thrown out of whack. I assume it's hard because of the wind, not because of my speed. So I definitely had to remember to check my pace more frequently.

After the shock of seeing both a bobcat and a colorful snake, things were pretty low-key. I made sure my route took me past a bathroom with water fountain so I could take a potty break (hello hydration), get more water, and re-fuel. I always look forward to taking my GU. That all went down around 5.5 miles into the run.

Overall, I had a great 9 miles. Well, I should say 8.5 were great, the last half a mile kind of sucked. There is part of the trail that is sort of temporary because they are doing construction. So the asphalt is tilted/slanted every which way but right. It's potted, pitted, tilted, and up a hill. And when you're getting fatigued, you just amplify that by about 10 degrees of annoyance and effort. I guess in some ways it's good though. I certainly had no desire to push past 9 miles after getting though that patch.

So 9 miles with average 9:16 pace = happy Heather.

It was a pretty low-key day really. We got a new/used fridge, had to transfer all the food and start cleaning the old fridge out. Jason and I did take a break for a late patio style lunch at Dugan's. It was nice to sit outside and just relax for a bit. We went over to our friends' house for a bit and sat out on their deck, always a nice way to spend an afternoon if you ask me.

Today Jason and I got in a very easy 4 mile run through our neighborhood. We sort of zigzagged up and down streets, which was a nice change of scenery. We kept it slow. It was more of a recovery run for me and Jason's first run in about 2 weeks.

Luckily, I was able to sell our fridge within an hour of listing on Craigslist, so the people came and picked it up. I got my car washed and ran some errands while Jason did yard work.

Then, onto some simple relaxing. We met some friends at a place called Pizza Cafe. They have cold beer, great pizza, and a patio to enjoy it all on. Definitely been a low-key weekend for the most part. Kind of what we both needed though.

Heath and His Toy
I did manage to get a video of Heath playing with his new "talky" ball. I found a ball on Amazon.com that makes noises as long as it's moving - it was suggested on one site I found for blind dogs.

We originally tied a sock around it so he could grasp it - it's a bit larger than he needs and hard plastic. You have to turn the volume up, but you can kind of hear the toy. The weird whining is actually Heath. He goes bonkers for this darn toy and it's nearly impossible to get it away from him.



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Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Running
  • Relaxing
  • Time with friends