Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I’m Going to Disneyland…

Really and truly I am…I can’t believe I actually leave already tomorrow morning. Wow…Last night I got home and had been planning an interval workout, but in review of my workouts to date I’ve been very lax on my tempo runs, so I decided maybe I should do an easy tempo instead…the thought was 5 miles with 3 miles at a tempo pace of sub 8 minutes, preferably at least MP – 30 seconds. It took a while to work up to the idea I was going to run, but when I finally figured out it was fairly nice out, I got myself out the door and warmed up with a first mile of 8:37, a little faster than normal warm up but it felt good, then the tempo miles,

Mile 1: 7:50
Mile 2: 7:30
Mile 3: 7:28
Mile 4: 7:40

Cool down mile was 7:57…guess I didn’t quite slow down as much as I had thought. And yes, that’s for a total of 6 miles, 4 at tempo pace. I finished the third and figured why not. The first mile was actually on that kind of monster hill that I battle occasionally, that’s the fastest I’ve ever ran up it. I’d say the hill itself is at least a third of a mile, maybe more, and the grade is fairly steep so I felt very good hitting it at that pace, if it hadn’t been for the hill I’m sure the mile would’ve been at close to 7:30. The other miles were over, basically flats I could call it as it’s hilly but just as much uphill as down I would say. The run felt really good though and I finished in 47:09. Not too bad for 6 miles. The only real bummer about the run is the fact that fall is definitely in the air. I know a lot of people enjoy this time of year, but me, I'm not a cold weather girl, this same type of day in the early spring is awesome, as it means days are warming up, things feel great, but in the fall, it feels cooler, things are cooling down and cold is coming...I don't like that. I so enjoy early spring, but I dread early fall...I got home, ate some food quick and then packed up the stuff that I think I’ll need for the weekend. I still need to throw in a gel or two, of course into my checked luggage, what sucks is for this short of a trip I would not normally check a bag, but I pretty much have to now since I have liquid items I need to bring…oh well. What do you do??

Anyway, I was sleepy this morning and I didn’t want to go out in the cold so I stayed in bed and figure on a quick 3-4 miler this afternoon before I have friends come over for dinner maybe, then tomorrow I fly and Friday I want a very easy 3 miler to loosen up the legs before going to the expo and getting my race packet and meeting a friend for lunch hopefully. Saturday we are going to a beach, I don’t care which beach, I just want to lay in the sun and see the ocean…maybe wander through some shops and eat dinner by the ocean. Sunday a very, very early start since you are supposed to be to the start area by 4:30, yet the race doesn’t start till 6…yikes. I don’t normally eat till an hour before I run…guess breakfast will be a banana and peanut butter sandwiches, an old tried and true standby, I’m going to miss what has become normal for me these days with my kashi waffles and egg, but what do you do??

I might have a chance to post a little quick message before I take off, and if I get access to a computer anywhere after my race I’ll try to post, but if these things don’t happen, it will be next Wednesday at earliest that I’ll have time to do any updating. I leave tomorrow at 11:40 and come back around 5:30 on Monday and immediately am driving to northern Wisconsin for a work “legal retreat” at a resort up there until mid-day Wednesday at which time I’ll be driving back and probably crash, but I’ll try to get at least a race report written before I crash. Ah, Sunny California…


Ginger Breadman said...

Wow! Have fun! I'm so excited I feel like I'm going too! The beach and dinner sounds just as fun as the race. Since you're not one to like the cold, you'll have to make some good memories to relive all winter when it's chilly. Have a great trip and a great run!

Kurt said...

Take me you wild and crazy para legal.

Firefly's Running said...

Good luck on Sunday if I don't hear from before race day. You will be awesome!!

Andy said...

Yikes, you have a spammer that posted to your blog!

I just wanted to wish you luck, but know that you have left. I'll be thinking of you this weekend and I hope you have a great race. I can't wait to read all about it later.

I liked your 9/11 remembered post. Thanks for sharing.