I don’t know whether I should be proud or disappointed.
I planned today as a long run. I know the 1/2 marathon is months away, but having never run for really long distances, I want to condition myself to quite a few of them before April gets here.
So once a week I try to fit in at least an 8 mile run.
Since I worked late last night, I didn’t hit the road til about 7am. The first frost sparkled in the sun light, putting me in a pretty good mood right off the bat.
With the temperatures so cool, and the wind non-existent, I set off on my usual 8 mile route. This time, however, I didn’t turn around at the 4 mile point. I was having fun – enjoying my new iTunes purchases, thinking about the changes coming my way, and decided today was a perfect day to set my new longest distance.
I decided to go one more mile before turning around which would put me at 10 miles total. So I ran for what seemed like a mile… a couple of songs worth. Then I turned and made my way back.
About the last mile I could feel some tightening, especially in my calves, but the end was in sight, so it was easy to keep going.
I came in, stripped myself of a few of the outer layers and immediately got in my car to measure the distance.
I avoided looking at the speedometer til I got back home….
and when I did, I was both elated and disappointed.
My longest run so far, but 1/2 mile short of the big 10. I could have gone 1/2 mile more, I just didn’t know I needed to go 1/2 mile more.
My hubby has since hooked me up with endomondo.com. Here, I can find a route that would get me to 10 miles. It tracks my speed and minutes per mile.(I averaged 7.58 minute miles this time around.) And it lets me keep track of all my workouts! Awesome site!
So I just missed the 10 mile mark today. But I’m growing more and more confident with every long run that I will be able to finish the 13.1 miles come April. My nerves are slowly dissipating.
In other news, my favorite maintenance guy has been promoted to a supervisor position at another property, so he’ll be leaving us after this weekend. We make fun of him because he eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for lunch. So for a going away gift, I baked him these:
These are peanut butter cupcakes with a jelly filling, then topped with a peanut butter cream cheese icing and a dollop of jelly on top.
My own peanut butter and jelly expert, Amp, declared them as soft, but bready, and very tasty. Much like the actual sandwich.
His approval means it’s okay for me to serve them to others, and I will not have to get up in the middle of the night to fix them. Perhaps you remember that ridiculousness.
All in all,a good day off, I’d say.
Back to the grind tomorrow….