Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I heart running + TC 10 Race photos

I don't want to jinx myself or anything [just knocked on wood, tossed salt over my shoulder, and crossed myself twice] but I'm really loving my running lately.  Now I know, the last time I said this, I ended up hurt, literally the next day, but I'm hoping I have that out of my system [again see above ritual for non-jinxing purposes].  I wake up in the morning, and my legs feel fresh.  On my rest days, I want to run.  On my "easy paced" runs, I actually want to complete them (this almost never happens).  Last week, I was psyched to take on a tempo run, and aced it!  I knocked out a 16 mile long run without fueling properly and with a smile on my face.  Me thinks my knee issue did just the trick to rejuvinite my heart and soul [soles] for this round of marathon training.  Heck ya.

Monday afternoon I finally got around to knocking out my 6 mile run after a leisurely afternoon nap (I love "banker's holidays").  It was warm enough for me to wear a tank and shorts but still a cooler afternoon.  However, I did see people in long sleeves and capris.... shame on you!  It's so nice to have your easy pace actually feel easy.  So often my easy runs are sandwiched after tough speedwork sessions, and kind of suck, to be honest.  It was nice to run easy and have a good time.  And it was amazing to crunch through the leaves for 6 miles as well.

I did 6 miles in 57:38 for a pace of 9:37.

And now to tell a sad tale:  It appears that I have broken my super terrific photogenic racer streak.  [single tear].  I was emailed my photos for the Twin Cities 10 Miler, and for the first time didn't tweet/blog/fbook the heck out of them.  Oh well.  Guess you gotta look like you're actually running some of the time, eh?

So yeah, about that "my shoes help me not to be such a terrible heel striker"..... = LIES!!!   But in my defense I am hauling ass here.

So easy I could do this with my eyes closed.  Er wait... what?

And this is going to be the Jerbear Christmas Card circulating for 2010.  I like to call it the "Run 10 miles and try to catch as many bugs as possible" look.  Tyra and Giselle should give it a try.
Apparently I'm  having troubles getting in some O2 here.  Not impressed.
30 degrees?  Don't mind if I still pit out all hardcore like......awesome.
Ok, this one is cute.  Yay me. :)


Trying To Heal said... the look! bugs and all! i think it's hauuuute! giselle and tyra should def give it a try.

Julie said...

You actually have some cute pictures there! You should see my pictures:) LOL! How and the heck can you save the copy protected pictures to your computer? It never works for me! WTH!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Love that seasson second wind - great for you!

Susan said...

Yay for loving running! Definitely the season for some great runs. :)

Hahhaha oh the pictures! I just looked at my marathon pictures and thought, "How does my face even look like that??" Some people look so cute when they run and I'm not one of them...

Ed said...

Great recap! How many bugs did you catch in your mouth? Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

hahaha, love the open mouth look! the last one is really cute.

Megan said...

Glad to see someone else has "real running" race photos too! I either look like death, like I'm not moving or like my legs are on wrong :)

Yeah for loving running! I'm right there with you this week-just in time for my 10-miler!

Anonymous said...

You're a riot!

Very proud of you :)

Anonymous said...

LOL JERI! omg, the pictures are great but your captions seriously made me laugh so hard! gahhhh.. you are hilarious!

I'm glad you are loving running lately! That is so important. :) Keep it up lady!

Morgan said...

So you are human and take bad pics too? LOL! :) I think they are all great, shows what effort you are putting into the race!

Quinton J said...

I SMILED HUGE looking at these pics. Great effort...the pics say it all.