And not for the reason you may think. Or the reason that any normal person may need a bigger bra. I am, indeed, a proud member of the IBTC. (sad face here). THIS is why:
My keys, my ipod and my phone all go in there. In the summer I dont have anywhere else to put these necessities and, therefore, the girls need to share my bra with my gadgets. I really need an armband for my phone. That would solve a world of problems, like a potential shortage of saran wrap since I wrap my phone in saran wrap before every run to protect it from sweat. I’m resourceful.
I never used to bring my phone running but I now use my new Runkeeper app to track my kms and speed. I wish I had discovered it much sooner. I love that app. I never used to have any idea how fast or far I went. I am learning the art of pacing myself so I don’t need to take a lay down on the road half way through a race. This is a must-have for that.
Yesterday was the first day of my half marathon training plan. Instead of running 5 km @ 6.03 min/km I ran 7.41 km @ 5.47 min/km. I learned one very important thing. Never ever ever run the day after a race. It was a baaaad run. My legs hated me. Why did I run longer than I needed to then? As with most of my bad runs, its only bad for the 1st 25 mins. After that my legs magically stop hurting and I stop feeling sluggish. So I needed to run longer to end on a high note. Plus I was thinking. Running is good for thinking. I have a big job interview (HUGE job interview that could either end up with me having an awesome job or being completely unemployed) and needed to ponder it for a while.
On a random note, here are my new shoes. I love them more than someone should love shoes. I did something I know I shouldn’t and wore them for the very first time to my race on Sunday. They didn’t let me down.
I’m stoked! I acheived a PR in the 10km race and finally broke 50 minutes! 49:30 kills my last PR last July of 53:18! I just used a lot of exclamation marks there.
I was a bit worried going into this race as I just got back from a 10 day trip to Italy the week before and didnt run at all while I was there. I got in three really crappy and slow runs in the week leading up to the race but just wasn’t feeling my best. Plus I had a little bit of a mind thing going on. Last time I ran this race I started out strong and stalled to a dead halt @ 7.5 km as I was experiencing the worst cramp on the planet. I actually thought something was seriously wrong. It hurt so much in my side that I was limping because any leg movement KILLED. I have never ever gotten a cramp like that. This is the race I learned the value of pacing. It also made me afraid to push myself too hard. So I went into the race on Sunday with visions of lying on the road in agony flashing through my head. As I get more serious about running I am learning how to listen to my body more and also about proper training. I think this helped me push hard but not run out of steam.
I have also decided to run a half marathon in July. My first one and probably my last before I get knocked up. I have six weeks to train. I am not aiming to be fast, I’m aiming to finish. Anything around the 2 hour mark would make me happy though. I plugged everything into Smart Coach and it created a plan for me. This is what the first week looks like. There is a lot (too many IMO) of really short 5 km or less runs in the plan. I might up them a few km. Like change the 4 km run to 6 km.
|4 KM @ 6:03
||4 KM @ 6:03
||9 KM inc warm, 6 KM @ 5:24, cool
||4 KM @ 6:03
||21 KM @ 6:03