I’ve had a string of good runs (minus last week’s stroller run grimness) so I was due a rough one. And it came on Sunday – my 9-mile long run. I can think of several reasons for this. 1) Poor diet (ie too much quantity, too much rubbish, too much wine) resulting in general feelings of lardiness and sluggishness. 2) I wore heels three times over the weekend so my calves were REALLY tight during this run. 3) Too many clothes. Yes it was cold but the sun was quite warm. I dressed for a race in Alaska!
I suspect it was a mix of all three reasons but from the very first steps, it felt rough. Like I was crawling. I knew immediately it wouldn’t be a fun run but rather a character test to slog on and get it done. So I did. It didn’t help that Nike Plus was waaaay off course – it told me my first mile was 13 min miles which I knew wasn’t right (10 or 11 min miles maybe today, but not 13). But that put me in a negative mood after one mile. But I soldiered on and tackled my first hill for a long time – a ruthless little beast that I crawled up and staggered down. But things loosened after that hill – I felt a little stronger, I may have run slightly faster as I relaxed. By the last mile, I felt pretty okay.
Nike Plus (I’m not a fan today) told me I did 10.5 miles. I thought this was a little much so used two mapping tools to check the route and both told me it was 9.5. Does anyone have any experience of Nike Plus screwing up like this?? Apart from the Healdsburg Half where it was waaaay off course, I usually think it’s tolerably accurate!
But anyway. 9.5 miles ticked off, in an unimpressive 1.31.08 at 9.35. It was an exercise in mental discipline and I did it. This week, I eat less, I eat better, I wear flats!!!
On a cheerier note, here are some snaps of the weekend. It was a social one – most unusual!!!
So that was our weekend. NEXT weekend promises to be even more exciting because, on Thursday, the Dude and I are leaving the Husband and the cat for three weeks and going home to the UK to see our families. Apart from the whole ‘leaving the Husband’ thing, we are ridiculously excited!!
Not that we’re sneaking in a day-trip to Paris, or anything like that!