If you’re not a Bay Area local…it rained all weekend. It was bliss. This is not something a Brit usually says (and if you’re British and thus probably flooded, I apologise) but we needed this rain so badly. Every moment of miserable grey skies and pouring rain was greeted with happiness here…even if it spoilt our plans and our weekend somewhat.
I snuck this weekend’s long run in on Friday, which was a wise move. In preparation for Hellyer on 1st March (my half-marathon PR attempt), I wanted to run 12 miles with some tempo miles thrown in. I ran along the flat Bay Trail which made tempo miles a little easier. I ran: 3 miles normal, 3 miles tempo, 2 miles normal, 2 miles tempo, 1 mile normal, 1 mile tempo. I REALLY liked that – it broke the run up really nicely into chunks! It also meant that, when the rain started at mile 8, three of my remaining miles would be faster so I wouldn’t get so wet. My tempo miles weren’t as fast as they are during my 6 mile tempo runs but that’s to be expected and I was fine with that. All in all, 12 miles at 8.52 pace.
Later, I checked Daily Mile for 2013’s data of long runs to see how this compared to long runs before my PR at San Francisco. The good news is that it’s either the same or a little bit faster, not entirely sure. That was a confidence booster!
On Saturday, the Husband went out for his 38 mile Ironman long bike-ride. He. Got. Drenched. He also fell off his bike at one point, it was so slippy. Luckily he was turning onto a bridge so was going very very slowly, but he was a little shaken up and sore as well.
On Sunday morning, I was up at 6.15 to meet two of my friends from church for a 6.45 run. Several of my church friends are getting into running (this makes me VERY happy). It was lovely running with friends, something I don’t do often. I ran 3.3 easy miles at their pace…and then my friend Lisa absolutely smoked me at the final sprint to a rubbish bin. She has some speed, that girl. I will be signing her up for a race very soon.
What else? We watched a lot of Olympics and celebrated Jenny Jones’ first UK medal on the snow EVER! (Did anyone else sob when her parent surprised her during her interview?) And I made this fantastic red lentil soup because, frankly, it was lentil soup weather.
This week is race week…the Bay Breeze 10k is Saturday. I’m excited already!