"Oh. My. God. Ouch. Terrible." ~ Lance Armstrong after running his first marathon
(Don't forget: just a few more days to enter the Happiness Contest!)
Monday, August 1st 2011: Dear Work: I forgive you for keeping me in your walls for so many hours that I couldn't run on Monday. I still love you.
Tuesday, August 2nd 2011: 14 mile bike ride in 1 hour & 4 minutes (13.2 mph). I got my protein for the day by eating mosquitos as Mel and I were riding. Delish.
Wednesday, August 3rd 2011: 5 miles @ the track - SPEED WORKOUT!!! I haven't done a speed workout for ages and was so happy to get back on the track. I almost threw up a few times, but I didn't care one bit. It took months to work through some knee injury issues so I was positively thrilled that I felt good enough to run to the point of vomit.
I did Yasso 800's (two times around the track) and wanted to keep them around 4 minutes each. My times were: 3:58, 3:44, 3:38, 3:57, and 3:41. I can't wait to start working on building speed again!
Thursday, August 4th 2011: 17 mile bike ride with Mel in 1 hour & 11 minutes (14.4 mph).
Friday, August 5th 2011: Diet Mountain Dew + Hostess Crumb Donuts = Pure Bliss. Yum.
Saturday, August 6th 2011: 14 miles @ 10:29 minutes per mile. We made a last-minute decision to join a group of friends going to run a section of the St. George Marathon course. We dropped a total of 2,276 feet. If that doesn't pour gasoline on your quads then light them on fire, nothing does.
I ran the first ten miles with Mel and our friend Jess. They are girls. And unlike boys, a high proportion of their time was spent singing and dancing. I kept hearing them sing about putting a ring on it as well as numerous out-of-tune hits from the 1980's. They are good company so I was willing to overlook the singing.
Jess has been quoted as saying that getting a jumping picture is on her bucket list. If this is real, she probably has other fascinating things on her bucket list like finding a quarter in the parking lot or trying to endure a whole episode of Murder She Wrote.
She was too speedy to get a sharp picture (because she was a little embarrassed to be jumping while other runners went past). We talked about technique and she decided to go with the cheerleader pose. I tried that once too but got a frightening result.
I did the last 4 miles by myself at around 9:30 per mile and felt great. I was so happy to end the run feeling like I could go farther if I wanted to. I was so happy in fact that I tried a jumping picture myself. And it looks like I dislocated my right arm in the process.
The Moonlight Half Marathon is coming up Friday night! Anyone up for a blogger get together Friday or Saturday?
I'm considering the costume contest.....any suggestions?