I got out of work much later than planned on Monday night, so making it to open water practice just wasn't in the cards. I was pretty bummed since A and I had planned to meet up and swim together. As it turns out, she got buried at work as well, so maybe we just weren't meant to be there tonight!. Mr. R&R asked me to run with him tonight - or at least make an attempt at it since on my best day I can barely keep up with him on his worst day. He slowed down to my snail pace and we did 6 miles together. The first 4 miles were good. The last 2 sucked. My run endurance is a disaster and my speed is pretty abysmal, but I made it. The next few weeks are definitely going to be a challenge.
My Tuesday plan was 3 miles, but I realized that I needed to go out to my favorite running store to pick up a pair of shoes that they'd ordered for me. When I arrived, I discovered that Adidas did something awful to my shoe model (Adizero Tempo) this year!
|They look like a freakin' flamingo exploded all over them!|
|Love the colors!|
Another crazy day saw me still sitting at my desk at 6pm - and track practice starts at 6pm. This whole "stuck at work" thing is really getting old. By the time I finally made it home, a nice, soothing swim sounded like the best idea I'd had all day. I threw my suit, goggles, cap, and towel in my bag and hightailed it to the pool. I hit the water and swam 1200 yards. I contemplated sticking around and swimming another 400 to make it another even mile, but I was getting pretty hungry, so I called it a night and headed home.
Thursday and Friday were spent on the couch. I've felt a little run down lately, and I decided that getting a few solid nights of sleep sounded better than ending up sick and sidelined. That made the photo below seem like a good idea late on Friday afternoon.
|I'm pretty sure it's acceptable to drink at your desk when your boss hands you the beer.|
While we were there, Mr. R&R noticed that there was a pair of women's Hattori's in my size sitting on a clearance table. I tried them on and considering how cheap they were, I had to buy them.
Of course I had to try them out. I knew going in that trying to run a mile in 0mm drop shoes with absolutely no cushioning whatsoever was a recipe for injury, so Mr. R&R and I did a nice little half mile loop around our neighborhood. Running in these shoes was a very different experience. They forced me to land on my forefoot every single time and the impact of each stride was absorbed by my feet rather than being dispersed through the cushioning of a traditional shoe. It wasn't painful per se, but I can definitely see why the kind of shoe you ease your way into wearing. My right ankle (the one that tends to collapse at the end of my stride) was a little sore about an hour later, so I did a little preemptive icing and it felt much better.
The unseasonably cool weather stuck around for Sunday and helped me have the most perfect run I've had in a very long time. I ran 7 miles, never felt out of breath, never felt tired, never wanted to stop and walk. By the time I was done, I felt like I could probably run another 3 miles with no problem. If all runs were like this one, I would never have to convince/bribe/bully myself out the door. It was exactly the kind of run I needed to remind me why I run - I even managed a negative split!
|That average is only 1 second per mile over my half marathon PR pace!|
Swim: 1200 yards
Run: 15 miles
Total Time: 3 hours, 8 minutes