Eh, but for now I'll just forget all the psychological mumbo jumbo and enjoy the moment. This was my last mini-goal before goal. The good thing is I'm in full training mode for the Livermore 1/2 marathon so that will give me something to focus on, other than losing these last 4.4 pounds.
My workouts have been going along well. On Thursday I went to the gym but instead of the treadmill I did a 3 mile run outside. The run felt difficult almost the whole time. In fact, my last few runs have felt harder than usual. I'm forming a theory that if you don't do long runs, your shorter runs will slowly, over time, get harder. In any case I was longing for a "good" run because with longer and longer Sunday runs on the training plan - well I don't want to start dreading them. After the run I did chest/triceps/core for strength training (I think it's my favorite routine, I really like working my chest and triceps). Friday was 25 minutes on the bike followed by legs/shoulder/core. Now that I'm strength training only three days a week (instead of 5) I'll have to mix-up the order, otherwise I'll end up doing the same things on the same day (Mon: back/bicep, Thur: chest/tri, Fri: legs/shoulders), which just doesn't seem good somehow. In any case, when 1/2 marathon training is over I'll go back to 5x a week.
Saturday was a day off from exercise but it was action packed nonetheless as we celebrated our baby turning two. Can you believe she's two already?! I can't. Here she is enjoying her cake. Really enjoying it.
|Our baby enjoying her (2nd) birthday cake.|
When she likes food she gets almost giddy, kicking her legs, nodding her head up and down, and now she says, mmmmmmm. I think she might have my foodie gene. And a family picture, that's my mom with us.
The party was a great time. I stuck to my food plan (1 hamburger, 1/2 cup potato salad, 1 serving of chips and 1 slice of birthday cake)....until I didn't. I had another slice of cake. I convinced myself they were more like half slices. And before bed I had more chips. And some cereal. Good grief! So I further convinced myself all these carbs will help me kill it on my long run the next day. Carb loading, yeah, that's it.
I had the great fortune of being able to do my long run later in the morning; so nice to let my body adjust to being awake before I have to start running. In my head the 8 miles seemed like a lot so I decided I had to run somewhere beautiful to offset the drudgery. I started out heading for the Mill Valley/Sausalito path, the same one I did a 10 mile training run back in January for the Kaiser 1/2. But when I was on the Freeway I had the idea to run in Tiburon, starting out from Blackie's Pasture. I had no idea how long the path was or what it would be like but I figured I'd be running along the water and it was a beautiful day so how could I go wrong?
I parked and asked some cyclists about the path. Unfortunately they said it was only about a mile long but that I could continue on through neighborhoods and run to downtown. Why not? I headed out on the path, which was totally flat and right next to the water. I told myself just to take it easy, enjoy myself, and go at whatever speed made me the happiest, regardless of "pace". Turns out that was a great plan. To get an idea of how beautiful my run was just take a look at the map and notice how I was almost always next to water:
|Blackie's Pasture / Tiburon Run Route|
When the trail came to an end I ran through neighborhoods until I got to downtown Tiburon. After running through the small downtown area I still had another 3/4 of a mile to go. So I started down Paradise Drive, a popular road for cyclists with almost no shoulder but also very few cars. I'd worn my bright yellow long sleeve running shirt so at least I was easy to spot. But Paradise Drive meant a few rolling hills, I'd been enjoying an almost totally flat route thus far. But I just kept running and I felt good. In fact, I felt great. The hills slowed me down a bit but they didn't cause me any pain. I must have had some sort of endorphin rush because I was having all those "great run" type thoughts like, "I just love running, man this is so good, what a perfect day, I am awesome!". Good stuff, right? Around mile 6 I wasn't feeling as great but I was still feeling good and my mind stayed strong through the whole run.
It was an awesome run, just what I needed to get this training business underway. My average pace was 10:36 minute miles, the run took me 1 hour, 25 minutes. I'd be thrilled if I could maintain that pace for the 1/2 marathon. I'm not setting any goals just yet though, I need to see how the training goes as the mileage goes up. Here are a few post-run pictures.
|A good post-run stretch.|
|The smile of a happy runner!|
Tomorrow I'll be in a bathing suit. We're joining a friend for some pool-time. It's been an awesome weekend and tomorrow's day off work will keep the good times rolling. My next post will probably be after my Yosemite backpacking trip. That's unless I have a freak out and need to vent. Let's hope that doesn't happen.