I had a rubbish running weekend. A splendid weekend otherwise, but rubbish when it came to running.
I intended to do 12 miles, alternating fast/slow miles. But then I couldn’t get out of bed early enough and then I had mojitos at a Eurovision party and then and then and then…and then it was 5.30pm on Sunday night and finally cool enough to run and I knocked out seven very lacklustre miles as a sign of commitment to the San Francisco Half. Hardly the focussed, slick long run I had planned. But better than nothing. 7.1 miles in 1.05 at 9.11 pace.
So therefore today’s long run mattered. It’s been really hot here in the past few days, so I dropped the Dude at pre-school and drove over the mountain to Half Moon Bay where I was guaranteed cool weather. It was almost chilly…I loved it. I ran north, up the coast and that’s when I realised what the price of cool temperatures and flat miles with no traffic lights would be.
A ridiculous headwind that almost stopped me in my tracks sometimes. I tried to alternate mile-speed but my ‘fast’ miles were negligibly faster than my slow miles.
I literally felt gleeful when I turned round to head south, and the final 6 miles were notably easier. But my legs were already tired from fighting the wind, so they weren’t as easy as I’d hoped. I kind of gave up trying to push the pace and just ran as fast as I comfortably could, loving it every time the wind gave my back a little push. I ended up doing 12 miles in 1.51 at a 9.15 pace, and I don’t feel like those numbers reflect the amount of effort I had to put in. Hopefully the workout will stand me in good stead!!
What else? ONE OF YOU put a note on FB about the extra 20% off the Oiselle sale…and before I knew it, the pink long Rogas were mine. They should arrive today. It remains to be seen if pink running shorts are an unmitigated fashion disaster with my solid British legs…but you never know. I might look amazing.
And this is the final week for Juli and I to work on our Another Mother Runner Ragnar application. We’re nearly there and we think it’s hilarious and awesome and bound to win. Obviously! I’ll post it when it’s finished so you can giggle too.
And that’s about it!