Nope not 12 miles. After running a semi-hard (although definitely fast for me lately) 12 yesterday it would be silly to run that again. Granted I did so that earlier this week.
But I got 12, ONE-TWO, hours of sleep last night. I’ve come to realize that, even though I do not frequent college type hang outs anymore (so sad! aka I’m old!), this city is still essentially a college city. And thus runs on a Thursday / Saturday party night schedule. And I took advantage last night (and likely will every Friday) that no one was doing anything and caught up on this:
Because of my work schedule I haven’t actually watched ANY new episodes of any of my favorite shows. I think last night kicked off the weekly “Friday is going to be TV catch up night” part of my life. I mean, I had been doing this before last night but now I’m embracing it. Especially since it means that I’ll get a good night of sleep. The worst weekends are the ones that you stay up late but aren’t doing anything worthwhile. Just wasting time.
So I was wayyy cool and fell asleep on the couch. But I slept right through until morning. Seriously. The very definition of gloriousness. I always set an alarm and last night was no different although it was set for the time that I thought would be late enough so I’d wake up on my own. Ummm definitely not as it jarred me awake. Not so glorious but it was twelve hours later. Can’t complain there. Plus I felt much better than yesterday in turns of that silly flu shot. Can’t complain there either.
I figured that I wanted to get my run in first thing. On a typical weekend I don’t really care when I run but I was actually afraid that I’d lay back down and fall asleep and wake up tomorrow morning. And I told myself that I’d go exploring on my run.
Exploring for MM = map out a run first but in an area I’ve never run in. Yes. I know. I am SUCH a risk taker.
It took me quite awhile to find a route though. Mostly because I try and search for already mapped routes and see how I can modify them to suit my needs. I eventually decided to explore downtown as I’ve only driven through it and when I usually run I like to stick to familiar areas just due to safety and paranoia. But the good thing about cities in New England in general is that everything is within walking (and thus running) distance.
That said, I knew I didn’t want a long run so I did something I HATE (with the heat of 1,000 suns) doing: I drove to where I wanted to run.
But it was a lovely run.
I actually had typed out (with some pictures because everyone loves pictures) of the landmarks that I ran by today. But I deleted them because I wasn’t sure how much I should put out there. I mean, I feel like I “know” the people who read and comment here well enough that the longer I have this blog the more comfortable I’m getting interacting with you guys. I mean, I’ve even met some of you guys in real life! But I always wonder about who is reading but NOT commenting. So I want to ask you: how do you deal with blogging privacy and security? I HATE having to keep this in the back of my mind but obviously it’s something that needs to be thought about.
And here’s a random picture (for all you cookie bakers out there) to make up for the pictures I deleted
Maybe I’ll make cookies this afternoon. I may not be a baker at all but at least I know that they’ll turn out better than this!
So pictures or not, all in all it was a great run and I got to see all these sights from a new perspective: that of a runner. I need to explore the city more often this way! It was a bit of a slow run. But I think it was because I ran later in the day yesterday (after work) and I was hungry during the run today.
- 8.1 miles @ 8:59
Even though this is essentially 9 minute miles seeing that 8 out front makes me happy.
Gah I feel so pretentious just typing that!
Another sight I got to see? An old(er — I have no idea how old he really is) man in an all orange sherbert track suit outfit.
For real. And he was running faster than a plod. So I guess props to him. And I also saw a man in yellow shorts and a red top. Not going to lie, my first thought was of Ronald McDonald. And I giggled.
I also got to see a 5k race in progress. It was a walk/run race for Breast Cancer Awareness and it was amazing to see all these people — young & old, men & women etc — walking the streets dressed all in pink! I knew that there was a race downtown and it actually saddened me a bit to not be running in it as it had been written down on my “race calendar” (Aka a sheet of paper that just has the dates on races in the area). And it made me feel competitive because I got to see the leaders of the race zoom by. I wanted to race right then even though I KNEW that I couldn’t because of Tufts on Monday.
Which I’m wicked excited can’t wait for.
Until then I shall sit and wait. At least for today. With it being mid-October already there aren’t too many days I can just go outside and sit on my balcony and read left. I have the option of running again later this afternoon with the running buddy before going out later for the night (college city means Saturday night is where it’s at). I have yet to decide if I’m going to re-run though. My legs, while they are by no means close to dead, might want the extra time up while I read. Plus I don’t want to tire myself out if I have a long — but fun — night ahead of me 😉
But the really nice weather might tempt me! I mean, I could also do a circuit of sorts. But I figure I’m still going strong after not doing any lifting since July (eeek!) and the core has been sporadic at best. So I may still be lazy on that front.
And I may or may not be in love with FailBlog at the moment. I even have them on my google reader because they brighten my day. Again, I don’t want to know what this says about me as a person. But here’s one I saw the other day and both laughed and cringed at the same time. Ouch: