5 Miles at Race Pace … Almost Killed Me
If you wake up on a Monday and I don’t have a post up, here’s what to do:
I hope you had a great weekend! Mine involved running, football and cooking so all in all, not bad.
I’m the kind of person that eats the same meals over and over again until I can’t stand them anymore. Last week I reached the point where I just couldn’t take my normal meals, so on Saturday I picked up this new cookbook:
I’m looking forward to making a few recipes from it this week. I picked out Chicken Marsala Meatballs and Artichoke Risotto to get started. I’ll be adding mushrooms to both of those dishes because I put mushrooms in everything :).
I’ll let you know how it goes in case you’re looking for some new recipes but aren’t sure about buying a new cookbook.
My run Saturday night was … not easy.
Saturday runs on the Hal Higdon plan are often pace runs – as was the case for this weekend. It was my goal to run 5:59 in Chicago and I’d love to run that at Miami in January. However, just five pace miles nearly killed me off this weekend.
I know I took a couple of weeks off from hard training when I decided I wasn’t going to Chicago, so this could just be a result of some fitness loss from that. Also I did the first mile way too fast at 12:47 and that’s not a great way to setup the rest of your miles. Perhaps in a couple of weeks I’ll be back in a good “race pace” groove. I hope so!
It was also hot and VERY humid Saturday. My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest by the end – but I made it and that’s what counts!
On Sunday Adam and I slept in. And when I say slept in, I really mean that. I’m actually embarrassed to tell you what time we got up! We went to a sports restaurant on the beach to watch the 1’o clock games and grab a bite. That’s when I knew my long run was going to be a doozy. It was still 88*F and humid as F when we were leaving the restaurant at around 3pm.
Unlike me Cecil looooooves the heat, he just sits in the window soaking in the sun rays all afternoon. I don’t know how he stands it because sometimes I go to pet him and his fur is so hot!
^ Yes I am hiding the dirty windows with heart graphics :).
When I got back to the beach for my run it was down to 84*F with a nice breeze, thank God.
After Saturday’s pace run, my easy long run (8mi) on Sunday felt like cake. I was cruising along loving my life and then BAM.
The inseam of my shorts decided to tear at the worst possible time and I chafed in a way that nobody should ever have to experience so that was no bueno. It definitely put a damper on an otherwise great run.
When I got home I realized I really needed to go grocery shopping so I (painfully) showered and then headed out.
8pm, just got done with my long run.
About to go grocery shopping.
The glamorous life of a run blogger. ??
— Kristina (@kristinarunning) October 2, 2016
Let me give you some words of advice: do NOT go grocery shopping after a long run. Every single item in the store will look like the most delicious thing ever and you will buy way too much! Oops! At least I have lots of great food to look forward to eating this week :).
What’s the latest that you allow yourself to sleep in on the weekend?
Do you like to buy cookbooks or prefer to just look stuff up online?
How do you take your coffee? I like a splash of half-and-half in mine!