Since it was my cutback week (can you hear my legs sighing in relief from there?), I had another 8 miler for my "long run." I putzed around forever Saturday morning, than finally rolled out of bed. I made myself some toast with almond butter on it. Now, before Saturday morning, I was an almond butter virgin. Am I just weird, or does it have the after taste of marshmellows???? Maybe it was the kind that I had, but it was definitely not what I expected. Whatever the after taste, it didn't upset my stomach like normal peanut butter does. Phew. 2 cheers for AB!
I started off the run and felt like I was jogging by somehow flying along. There was some wind at my back, but my legs felt springy. Springy legs = happy Jeri. Seriously the first 4 miles fleeeeeeeew by. I couldn't believe how fast I had gotten to the turn around point. As soon as I turned around I was smacked in the face with the wind. Those last 4 miles were some of the toughest miles I've done lately. Since my splits were so good the first half, I couldn't let up the second half, right? I finally made it home after officially cursing the wind/damning it to hell (not sure that I have the ability to do that since I'm not God and all, but thought I would try at the very least).
I did the 8 miles in 1:12:13 for a pace of 9:02.
When I got home, I immediately checked the weather, to see what was causing me to run in place for 4 miles. While it was 7-8 mph winds when I left (when the wind was at my back) it was 20-33 mph on my road back. Uh yeah. No wonder I wanted to DIE! Oh well, I count running into the wind as strength training, so that knocks my ONE TIME of strength training off the list for 2010. Yes!
In completely random news, both N and I were heading to our respective homes this weekend. When we dated in high school, it seemed like we lived sooooo faaaaaar away from each other. I refused to drive, so we only got to see each other when he'd come visit me. Just for fun, I decided to mapquest how far away we live(d) from each other. What do you know..... a small little half marathon jaunt. Kind of funny that he literally felt hours away, when I now run farther than that on a standard Saturday long run. I was half tempted to do a 13.1 to visit him Easter morning (since there's a MONSTER downhill for about 5 miles, I thought for sure I could break 1:50), but opted not to. Some other time, perhaps. :)
And just because I love him and missed him oh so much, my puppy Kerby. I haven't seen him since August. Love him.
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