Monday, February 8, 2010


I had lots of plans for yesterday, and the day started out fine with a yoga class.  Then I sat on the couch for about 5 hours, then took a 2 hour nap, went out to dinner and then spent a nice evening with Tom.  Oooh, life is tough.

Today I got up off my ass, did some housecleaning and just got home from a run.  I think this is what the fancy folks call a "tempo run" and yikes! I feel like I'm entering a whole new phase of running.  I went out for 6 miles, and the middle 4 called for a 10:30 pace.


Once again, I start out feeling like a rock star, then slowly slip on the pace thing.  I set Gary to bleep if I went under 10:30, and he was mostly quiet the first 2 miles (mostly), but really started acting up on the third mile.  I'd hear the bliddely-bleeeeup! and speed up a bit, only to get bliddely-bleeeeuped again a minute later.  Fucker.

All in all, I was pretty happy with this run.  I'm certainly not a big fan of the "speed" thing, but I think it's good to be pushed out of my comfort zone, even just a little bit.  It certainly isn't boring.  I still found myself taking quite a few stopped water breaks, but less than the last speedwork run I did.  I think these'll just naturally fade out as time passes.

Of note, I ran up that unavoidable 250' hill to my house, and today I made it non-stop.  Granted, it was at a pace of something like 15:00, but I didn't stop.  Progress!


Tricia said...

great job on the run!

Lisa said...

Sometimes those non-running days are just what the doctor ordered.

Great job on the run!

Any progress is good. Congrats!

ShirleyPerly said...

Way to go on the tempo run and run up that final hill!

I don't have any real hills in FL and am actually envious of all those you have, but you can keep the cold weather ;-)

funderson said...

sweet! I need to get a Gary...I get SOOOOOO complacent. Something beeping at me would be good motivation. I worry though, that it won't work out here??