After using up all my adrenaline watching the Women’s World Cup Final (Team USA lost in a nail-biter to Japan on penalty kicks), I had to use my intended long run for comfort instead of celebration. And long runs are not necessarily comforting, especially since it is the first “real” one of this training schedule I have concocted. I had two fantastic 4.75 mile runs with Rocco earlier in the week, and I have actually done a stretch here and there as opposed to my usual zilcho, so I was actually looking forward to doing seven miles.
Here is what “happened,” with explanations and disclaimers after the pic.
Although the GPS does not lie, it also does not record when I pause the program, and so when I factor back in the paused distances, I did actually run an additional quarter mile, so my total was 6.0 miles. Whew. That means only a mile short of the day’s goal, and that is okay with me. Also, when I paused, I was fumbling around trying to figure out my route, because after mile three I decided to change it up and run toward a path I’ve never been on and so, had to stop for directions so to speak. That added several minutes on to my split times, so I am thinking I was more like 10:30 per minute. (I had a slight hangover to contend with too, damn you tequila, yet so delicious.)
On the asthma front, I am no longer in denial of needing the daily medication and have noticed my breath stays calmer longer throughout a run. Fitness will still help me, so mileage is on the rise until the week before to get stronger.
The two earlier runs this week resulted in a creative breakthrough too. Am excitedly drafting a new project and will share soon!