Today was a good day. I got to sleep in and get some apparently much needed sleep. I woke up refreshed and fully awake. I had my coffee and lounged around for a little bit, scrolling through Facebook and Tumblr. Just before 1pm, I got my running gear on and got myself ready. I was feeling somewhat intimidated by the miles I had planned for today: 9 miles. I checked the temperature, almost 20º cooler than when I went out for the 8.5 miles last Sunday. Good. I filled my water bottle with Gatorade and stashed a PowerBar gel in the pocket on the holder for my water bottle. I made the first just over 5 miles without stopping, but had to stop at that point so I could eat the gel and chug some plain water with it, then refill my water bottle. Shortly after that pit stop there is an intersection with traffic lights. As I was running up to the intersection, thinking that I was going to make it through on the light, however it changed just as I was running up, so I stopped and hit the crossing button. However…I forgot to pause my watch. Soooo…the minute to minute and a half I stood there waiting for the light got added to my overall time. Oh well. I finished the 9 miles and it felt great. And I sported my Boston remembrance bib the whole way!
I stopped a second time, at mile 7.65, my turn around point on the final lap. I checked my pulse and it was in the 180’s…no wonder I was feeling it. I like to keep it around 165-170. Again, I believe it was due to the temperature. I should have gotten up earlier and ran before mid-morning instead of in the early afternoon.
So, because of working a couple shifts of overtime at work last week, I missed my usual Friday run. This time it was scheduled as a 5 miler. I figured I would just do it yesterday (Saturday). However, thanks to my allergies, I felt horrible yesterday and ended up sleeping most of the day, and then, I had an appointment to get tattooed at 7pm, so when I did feel up to going for the run, it was too late and I didn’t have time to run and shower and make it to my appointment on time. I finally decided that I will just tack it on to my run schedule for this week. I will run this Friday’s mileage on Thursday and then run last Friday’s 5 miles this coming Saturday. I’m running the Schlotzsky’s Bun Run 10K next Sunday (so excited!!!)…I don’t think that running the 5 miles the day before will mess me up for the 10K.
Got my new tattoo last night and it looks AMAZING!!! He did a fantastic job. It’s worth more than he charged me for it, hands down. And the next time I get a tattoo from him, I fully plan on tipping him as much as I can afford. My next ink will be the start of a re-do of my chest tattoos. He’s going to do the line work first. Then, about a month later, we’ll re-do all of the color. And it will look a million times better than it does now when he’s finished.