Title to be explained in a later paragraph, but too good a quote to pass up!
Well yesterday’s weather was nice enough to make me sweat hardcore but this morning? Not so much! It was a balmy 35* which was nice a crisp. Felt good but definitely a bit of a shock to step outside!
I did 6 miles this morning. Kind of on the long side but better than the 8-10 miles I have been doing Monday mornings. So an improvement. I figure that small changes will be the easiest to handle, so I’m going to slowly lower the mileage by cutting out 1-3 miles per day from my usual. That will lead to maybe a 15 +/- 5 mile decrease over the course of the week. I’ve also decided to cut out my lifting sessions as I’m far too tempted to include an extra 3 or 4 miles afterward, which isn’t necessary.
The miles were slow and steady. I never felt like I was being a speedster (and my watch didn’t tell me otherwise) but I didn’t feel all lethargic and slow and dragging. I suppose in the grand scheme of things this is what running should be: an enjoyable way to pass the time. At least for the time being. Once Boston training starts I’m sure I’ll change my tune 🙂
Leading me to re-ponder my paces. I’m assuming that since there were no objections to the paces I posted that they all seem good relative to each other? As in my recovery/easy pace is okay compared to long run pace compared to tempo? I’m never sure if I’m running one pace to fast/slow given what my race paces and other training paces are.
I also really enjoyed watching a complete sunrise. Even though I do core work before most of my runs I’m still not leaving my room until 0630 or so and the sun rises at 0706 (I think that was today’s). I do get roughly 15-20 minutes of pre-sunrise light though (is this dawn?) so it’s not really as bad as it sounds. Still, it’s a bit scary to look outside the window and see NO color in the sky
This morning the route I chose didn’t incorporate laps of my school (another surefire temptation to add miles) so I hit the actual streets immediately. It actually made me feel a bit unsafe which hasn’t happened in a really long time. Makes me think that I actually really do need reflective gear. I suppose I could wear my Halloween costume (oh burn! Another teaser!) Any ideas on cheap (and non-dorky) actually I am trying to embrace my inner dork (in both academics, running, all aspects of life) so I guess I’m open to anything as long as it’s cheap and not tacky. I can handle a little nerd but definitely not tacky.
Which (non-running tangent here) reminds me of Hot-Spanish-TA. No, he’s not tacky but he was describing something in class the other day and said “chabacano” which means tacky. It came out of nowhere so it was hilarious. *LeSigh*. I need to learn his schedule so I can (to quote my roomie) “be a better stalker”. Haha. But she is right: I am failing at this.
So I’m going to be creepy and go sit in the cafe before my meeting (seeing a woman who will “fix my life”) and study a bit for some upcoming exams. I have seen him there before so maybe I’ll get lucky? I’m open to ideas. After Thursday night’s acknowledgment at the local bar I need to do *something*. Right? Oh man, hello MM, are you 15 again? Haha
Here’s some more Facts of Life to spice up your Monday!
26. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies”
27. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?
28. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.
29. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get the fuck out of my neighborhood.
30. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.