Work it out: 7/1/13

Hi there and Happy 4th of July! Is it ok to write that on July 8th? I don’t know. Mid week holidays throw me off.

I’m not officially training for anything, but I am following a little training plan because I’m about 60% more likely to get out there, when someone else has decided that I should. So, here was week one of not really training for anything:

sidenote: with quality posts like this, it’s so weird that I haven’t gotten the financial backing to do this full time. strange.

Monday- ran 3 miles outside after work. It was muggy but not as hot as it’s been which was a welcome relief. I was pretty tired, but forced myself to get out there and work on my negative splits, which have been very difficult for me because I always go out too fast. My goal was 9:30, 9:15 and 9, but I ended up with 9:36, 9:06, and 8:56. Still negative splits but I gotta work on reading my pace better. 27:32, avg pace: 9:10.

Tuesday- ran 2 miles outside with Chris. I took a nap between when I came home and when I ran, which was a terrible idea. My head was pounding with each step I took, but it started lightly raining, which cooled things off nicely and had me feeling much better. 21:xx, avg pace: 9:55.
Wednesday- rest day (unless marathon trips to wholesale clubs to find BBQ food/furniture count. do they?)
Thursday- Cranford Firecracker 4 Miler! Also known as the only reason in the world I’d wake up to an alarm on a mid-week holiday. Debbie and Mike met us for this festive, small-town race, and although we missed the start (only by about 90 seconds) we still had a great race. As per Debbie’s watch: 40:18, avg pace 10:05.

This is so the cutest race ever too. Of course I have no pictures, but it’s probably a good thing that I forgot my phone because the humidity was 150% and all the neighbors came out to blast us with hoses and Bruce Springsteen (the former not being so good for electronics, the latter being so, so good for life).

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Friday- unplanned rest due to a broken (?) freezer. We’re not sure what’s going on with it, but I think we got our first official welcome to home-ownership. Needless to say, when you come home to a flooded kitchen and mass quantities of rapidly defrosting meat, you do not head to the basement to do squats and lunges.

Saturday- 3 hot, hot miles outside. I told myself if I left by 9, I’d be fine (it even rhymes!), but I was not fine. I mean, it was ok because it was only 3 miles, but I really need to bite the bullet and get out the door by 7 latest these days. Oh summer. I decided to focus on negative splitting again but realized right away that I’d have to scale down due to the pace, so I aimed for 9:45, 9:30 and 9:15 and came pretty close. 28:xx avg pace 9:27.

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Sunday- rest. and a trip to Ikea. and Walmart. We starting put together some more rooms in our house, and it’s so ridiculously exciting. Pictures to follow soon!

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