Good things and First Tempo Attempt…

was a success!  and also last Wednesday.  I absolutely stink at finding time for this.  But there are so many good things that I need to get better at it.

The Tempo Run:

I went out last Wednesday before work attempting to do 5 miles like this:  10:36, 9:01, 9:01, 9:01, 10:36.  Here’s what I wound up with:

I do my own hair. Can you believe I’m not a professional

The sun was just coming up at this point. That makes this picture cool and artistic to me.

All the numbers

I would’ve been happier if my goal had been 8:50 instead of 9:01 but I’m psyched anyway because the last long run before this I threw in a couple spurts of the 9 minute pace and it felt like death so I had gone into this thinking I didn’t have it in me and I was destined to be stuck at my 10ish minute miles forever.  So a pleasant surprise.  I might be made of more than I think sometimes.

More Running and not running

Before the tempo run I had done an easy 2 miles on Monday and strength training on Tuesday (upper body/abs) and Thursday (legs/abs).  Since my knee had started bothering me I had cut out legs because my Dr. said to, so now that I’m clear to work them again Thursdays workout hit me HARD.  Like not able to walk normally for two days afterward hard.  And I didn’t push myself tooooo hard either.  I just get out of the swing of things too easily.  So I’m very glad to be back in the game.

Saturday I went out for my longest run of my training so far – 7 miles… woohoo!!  It was more of the same from what my long runs have looked like: 10:15, 10:14, 10:27, 9:58, 9:47, 9:36, 9:24, 8:50.  Average overall was 9:57 for 7 miles in 1:09:46.  I have to learn to plan a route better.  I have my 6 mile loop down but the 7 miles took some creativity.  Since I go out and back I figured that I could just make another small mile loop somewhere but it didn’t work out so at the end of the run it was me running around my block 4 times until I hit 7…. oops.

Mezamashii and Mizuno

My run this morning was extra special because it was my first time testing out these bad boys:

pretty shoes

I have never won anything in a random drawing/lottery type of thing.  And I won free awesome sneakers!  The nicest Ericka ran a giveaway on her blog a few weeks ago and I was one of the 10 lucky winners!!  Included in this giveaway was an invitation to Mizuno’s Mezamashii project.  ‘Mezamashii’ means brilliant run.  Mizuno is giving out tons of sneakers to runners in lieu of spending crazy amounts of dollars on advertising to allow us to find our brilliant run and enjoy running, all because they have so much confidence in their product.  That is pretty cool!  I chose the Wave Creation 13 based on their handy dandy ‘Which of these prettiest sneakers are best for my running type and make me the fastest ever’ tool (ok or maybe it’s called ‘Precision Fit’ tool but who’s counting).  When I came home from work one day last week and saw that the box had arrived, I was so excited that I had to try them on right away (don’t mind the dorky accounting work clothes).

The sneakers are on my feet. And they are awesome.

Even the bottoms look cool!

I’ve never tried Mizuno sneakers before so I was nervous but excited to try them. Right now I’m in Saucony ProGrid Ride 5 which is a bit lighter but I didn’t really notice the difference with one run.  So far they are nice and bouncy and I like that there is a ton of room (width-wise) for my toes so hopefully I won’t get as many blisters and maybe actually keep some toenails!  I went for an easy 4 miles in them and will keep using them on my shorter runs until I get used to them.  So stay tuned 🙂

Ok that’s all from me for tonight!  Adios

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