I worked from home today because we had a new dishwasher delivered and of course, they give you the crazy times of like 8-12 where you need to be home because they could deliver at any time. The guy didn’t come till like 1:30, but we FINALLY have a new dishwasher!! As soon as the installation guy left I ran a load of dishes just to make sure that the dishes came out clean – and SUCCESS! We no longer have to do dishes by hand. Do you know how glorious that is?! Unreal. I’ve never been more excited about an appliance in my life, unless we somehow get a new washer/dryer that would be up there on the excitement scale as well.
I went for a run today and before I left I made note that I wanted to do some speed work, Fartlek training. Run fast for 2 minutes, run slow for 2 minutes so you can increase your speed when you’re running at a steady pace. I got outside, the sun was shining, people were walking down the street sipping on latte’s (I’d like to think they were drinking latte’s) and it was all around just a wonderful day. The street light turned to walk as soon as I walked up to it, and so I began on my run. About 3 minutes into the run I realized 1. My legs felt like concrete blocks and 2. I was running much slower than normal. It was in that moment that I decided I was no longer doing speed work, but it was going to be tough just getting through the 5km in general.
It took me almost 7 minutes to run my first kilometer which is much slower than usual, I usually run faster than 6 minute kilometers. I wanted to turn around so damn badly. I got through the first 2.5km, and realized I needed to get all the way back home. I walked like 4 times, and my final distance was 5.24km and it took me almost 35 minutes. WHEEEW. I know that runners have good days and bad days, and most of the time workouts and runs feel like hard work. Sometimes they feel like extra hard work (like today), but when you have a good run, where you feel like you could run forever, or you lift a PB in a certain exercise, that’s what makes it all worth it, right? Those are the workouts that keep you coming back for more, keep you hooked on exercise!
Speaking of running, next weekend I’ll be running my last race of 2012. It’s kind of bittersweet. I love races! I love the energy you get of all the crazy running people around you, I love wearing a bib with my name on it, I love hearing the people yell out my name when they cheer me on and I LOVE getting the medal at the end of the race! Racing is kind of like a sport for MANY people, but at the same time is like a little sport that only you’re participating in. I don’t care about anyone else’s time but my own time, and I like the challenge of trying to beat my own time every time!
The last race I’ll be doing is the Toronto Women’s 8km race, and I’ll be running with none other than my racing bff, Michelle! I’m also lucky to be racing with two of my bosses, Kristen and Tammy. I’ve raced with Kristen before twice… she’s a SPEED DEMON. In the Toronto Yonge St. 10km race I kept up to her for the first 4km, and then after that I just let her go on her own merry way and I went down to my own speed. It’s not surprising though, she’s been running her whole life! She was also part of the team that ran the half-marathon in MayJ See picture below.
I guess now that my race lineup for 2012 is complete, it’s time to decide what I want to do in 2013. Do I want to do another half-marathon? It’s a possibility. I’ve had a few people ask me if I was thinking about doing another, and I’ve had another person (Kristen.. aka Speed Demon) tell me basically that I AM running another half marathon in 2013. As the days go on, and I’m doing more running, the more I’m thinking that I might. I know I’ll do a couple of 10km races, perhaps the Yonge St 10km again, and maybe the Sporting Life 10km since I didn’t do that one this year. I’m also thinking about trying to stick to running during the summer and participating in the Toronto 10 miler in August… Decisions, decisions.
Remember the small post I wrote about how I eat when I’m stressed? Well it also seems when I’m PMSing, I can’t get full. Seriously… I could eat protein all day and still feel hungry. What the heck?? Does this happen to anyone else? I’ve been told that this happens because your body raises its metabolism because it’s preparing for “that time of the month” (sorry dudes) and so fuel is burning that much faster when you ingest it. Is this true? Do you have any tips or tricks on how to make this stop? 1. I don’t want to eat so much that I counteract all of my workouts and 2. I don’t think I can friggen afford to eat and eat and eat! Any and all advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
Anyways, only two more days left for my giveaway! I have alot of entries so far, so get in while you can!