Monday, September 6, 2010

So Long Sweet Summer

So long sweet summer.  I stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays.
So long sweet summer.  I fell into you now you're gracefully falling away.
Hey thanks, thanks for that summer.
It's cold where you're going, I hope that your hearts always warm.
--Dashboard Confessionals

This is one of my favorite Dashboard songs, and I listen to it on the "last day of summer" every year.  I'm currently listening to it on repeat.  Because I'm cool like that.  Since my summer is quickly winding down, I thought I'd do a quick recap of some awesome times.

Today I set out for my last "tough" run before the half on Sunday.  6 miles with 4 at tempo pace (7:54-8:15).  I was lazy and didn't head out until lunch time, but it was still only in the mid-70s.  When I was sopping wet a half mile in to the run, I realized that I failed to check the humidity.  It's amazing that a few nice days of weather can lead you to be completely oblivious about weather.  :p

The first tempo mile felt effortless, as did the second.  Mile 3 was a bit of a struggle, and four I was just ready to be done.  While running I was trying to do math to figure out my pacing for Sundays race.  Since I suck at math while working out, it totally takes my mind off of running because I have to double and triple check my work.  :)

I did 6 miles in 52:10 for a pace of 8:42.  Average tempo pace 8:08.
1. 9:31 
2. 7:58 
3. 8:03 
4. 8:20 
5. 8:14 
6. 10:01

I've been toying with the idea of getting a second job to help fund my running and racing habit.  I love my job, but unfortunately working in the non-profit industry, Jerbear isn't exactly bringing home the bacon.  And after my car pooped out on me a year before I had planned (ie:  budgetted for...uh ya... credit counselor), I was left with a lot less (read:  almost no) money to throw at races.  Friday afternoon I had a stroke of genius when I realized it was perfect scarf crocheting season.  When a few of my co-workers mentioned they might be interested in buying some homemade scarfs from me, lightbulbs came on!  And thus, Scarves for PRs was born.

If you're interested in buying one for yourself or a loved one let me know!  I'm obsessed with the infinity scarf (shown above) but can also do a traditional scarf as well.  Scarves are $30 and that doesn't include shipping and handling if applicable.  Email me at jerbearshares [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to place an order.


Jamie said...

I will be emailing you soon :) Great job on the humid tempo run! You are going to rock this race! As much as I welcome cooler temps I am so going to miss summer.

Staci Dombroski said...

I hope that works out for you :) Have a wonderful week!

northlandrunner said...

Running the half/raging with you was definitely a highlight of my summer too! Cannot wait for Vegas lady!

onelittletrigirl said...

I love love love Dashboard!!!