And it was a good one. Make no mistake, I feel like a Vegas hooker after Charlie Sheen has been in town, but I am really pleased with today’s run for a couple of reasons.
The first reason is that this is the second longest run I’ve ever done. In my life! 10.14 miles, to be exact (Thank you sweet Garmin). I have a 10 mile race and a half marathon coming up next month, and finally getting a run in the double figures has given me a bit of a confidence boost because a.) I know I can run the distance and b.) I didn’t feel like I was going to suffer from a cardiac event!
The second reason is that I have been a 10k girl for years. It is a distance I have been comfortable with and I know how to pace myself well through one. I have attempted a Long Slow Distance run a couple of times before, but always start out too quickly and tire myself out. Today I was religious about checking my pace, and managed to stay around the 9:30/mile speed for the most part. Not too fast to exhaust me, but not too slow (in my eyes, anyway) to feel like there was no effort.
The final reason I am pleased with today’s run? Well, it will have helped work off the mexican food and beer from last night. Oh, and this:
In case anyone is interested, I wouldn’t recommend beer, mexican and cake for a meal before a long run.
As far as birthday celebrations went, everyone tried to hold in their anger at sucking hard at indoor crazy golf (I came second by ONE MEASLY STROKE!). Then there was a meal before gathering at a friend’s house to watch some humorous documentaries and inflate balloons with helium (one of my gifts).
I’d like to point out that the stripey dress I’m wearing isn’t the only article of non-workout clothes I own, I just really like it. Anyway, everyone was really into the balloons. And when I say everyone, I mostly mean my friend Liell.
I also got a very swanky new headband, which I wore on my run today, a scarf, and then this afternoon my friend Grant and his brother, Bruce, came round bearing even more gifts: A book by Nick Cave (THE Nick Cave, I didn’t even know he wrote books! I’m ashamed that as an English Teacher I didn’t know that!), and some trashy scratch cards. I’ll let you know if I’m a millionaire next time….
Over and Out!