It sure is nice to go into a weekend without any obligations…got my schoolwork taken care of (as far as big assignments) and have my ‘shorter’ long run in for the weekend already – and with excellent company!
I was so happy when I received an email from my friend Sarah yesterday, proposing a 10-mile jaunt out in scenic Whitehall, VA, a little over half an hour outside of Charlottesville. She had composed a great list of running ladies to run with and so I was stoked to hit the road with them! By evening, we had firmed out a plan for me to meet her and Alex at around 6:55 AM to drive out to the running route.
My marathon training schedule for today called for 10 miles – which worked out great, distance-wise, but since it’s a cut-back week, it asked for 3 at LR pace and 7 at MP! Sounded challenging, and as it turned out – it DEFINITELY was! Our first mile was around 9:30 and my legs felt stiff and heavy. I was concerned it would not bode well, but just told myself to “LIVE IN THE MILE” I was in and just see how it went.
Sure enough, by mile 3.5ish, I was feeling less stiff. My running belt was irking me (I discovered that it doesn’t work well with the short-type waistband, the wide one – described well here in Meghann’s blog yesterday – is much more conducive) and I had to stop several times to hike it back down. I tried to push it out of my mind and took advantage of those brief stops by taking scenic photos, like so:
Soon enough, I was in THE ZONE. Part of the route we ran on today was actually the Three Bridges Marathon – which gave me POWER UP confidence for that race. There’s this area, from the turnaround before heading to the dam that is freakishly magical – slightly downhill. I was trying to hit MP (~8 min/mile) but just as it unfolded the last time I was there in Sugar Hollow, I was in the 7’s.
Now, if I had to run a much longer workout today, I would have totally pulled the breaks on that…but since it was “just” 10, I embraced it. SNAP! So, that’s when I entered my “holy crap I am running fast” phase:
Mile 1 – 9:30 / Mile 2 – 8:36 / Mile 3 – 8:26 / Mile 4 – 8:02 / Mile 5 – 8:20 / Mile 6 – 7:12 / Mile 7 – 7:30 / Mile 8 – 7:39 / Mile 9 – 7:54 / Mile 10 – 7:34
I felt unstoppable from Mile 6! It was an amazing feeling – and magically, my overall pace came out right at 1:20:46 – an 8:03 average pace. THESE are the runs that boost confidence, especially after Sarah mentioned that the race is in almost exactly two months! YEAH!
My mantra today of living in the mile…it totally did it for me. That and this Audrey Hepburn quote I read somewhere this week:
Enough about running for a minute though – because as much as I TRULY believe that we can do ANYTHING that we put our mind to, I have to reveal something that I do not have much confidence in, whatsoever – dressing myself. Haha. Seriously. I need a personal shopper. And like many women, I’ve been on the quest…for years…nay over a decade…for the PERFECT JEANS.
These are my specifications: need space for my *ahem* athletic thighs/quads, non-existent hips, pretty average calves and super-short legs (I am 5’2″ and I think my inseam is, on a good day, with shoes, 28″).
Whenever I find a pair that *almost* works, there’s something slightly wrong with it. In the jeans pictured above, of course they were like 7″ too long, but they had cute details at the bottom so altering them would totally ruin them. Also – this could be a personal problem – but I don’t know what size I wear. Yeah, told you I was helpless…I have a pair of Gap Long and Lean that I like (they’re “ankle length”) and they’re 4’s, but those jeans above are 7’s and fit about the same. And how should jeans fit? Loosely around the hips? I tend to buy my shorts kind of baggy but I am so confused about jeans – and it’s practically jean season!
P.S. Even though this pic is from TJ Maxx and I am often on the thrifty side for clothes shopping…a good pair of jeans is something I would be willing to drop some $$ on so if you have ANY suggestions, please share!
Any running / shopping plans for your weekend?