Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hitting the Track

So I was looking over my posts from the last week, and I feel like I have been slacking.  It seems I've taken more days off than I intend to.  Oops.  Gotta fix that.

So today, I had the day off, so the little one and I took off for the zoo.   This time we went straight for the children's zoo, since it seems we always miss that area.  We walked around for about two hours and ended with the elephants as they were getting sprayed with water hoses.  Very cute.  On the way back, I was thinking I wanted to go to pilates, but I also had a run I had to get in.  I was feeling pretty good, so it seemed doable.

I haven't been to pilates in three weeks!  This is probably one of the reasons I feel like something has been missing.  Two weeks, Shellie was out, and the next I was.  I kind of felt like Shellie was extra torturous today.  Maybe she was mad at me for not showing up.  (ya, because it's all about me!) But hey, it's not all my fault!  It was an intense hour with back-to-the-basics pilates moves.  Very effective, and I'm sure I will feel it tomorrow.  =)

I did get called out in class today.  For planks.  CURSE YOU PLANKS!  We were doing planks and I just cant hold them that long.  So she asked me if I was okay and I told her I was.  I would pop back up and hold it more, but I ended up doing plank intervals.  I wonder what it is with planks.  I think part of it is mental.  I just don't know.  Does my weight make it harder?  I would think so.  Whatever it is, I need that mental switch to hit me when it comes to planks. 

So I was done with that, and I went out to put my mat away and get my phone and earphones to get in my run.  But I didn't have any headphones.  Crap!  Then I had an argument with myself.  It was ridiculous and it went something like this:

me: I don't have my headphones.  I need my music.

me: You don't need your music, just go in.

me: Ugh. Let me look in the back.

me: They are not in the back.  You left them in your bag. 

me:  I can come back later after I put the kiddo to bed.

me:  You are already here!  Just go in! 

So I walked to the other side of the car to check for the headphones anyway.  I sat down and thought, I'll just go home.  I need music today.  I started the car and checked my phone.  No messages and no emergency on the home front?

me: Should I go in?

me: Yes!  You have to get this run in today because tomorrow is an off day.  Get out of the car!

me:  FINE!!!!!! 

Then I angrily stomped upstairs to the running track.  I had the Garmin, but it was about to die, so I decided on an interval close to what my coach has prescribed.  I thought about my coach and his encouraging words.  I must take my walking breaks.   The track is 1/10 of a mile, so I would run four and walk one.  I would do this four times.  So I took off. I tried to keep a pace that was slow and steady.  One lap five, I did stop and walk and got a quick sip of water before starting back up on the run.  The starting and stopping of running is getting a little easier.  In the last part of the first mile, I had to have been in my zone, because I had that nice comfortable feeling where it does seem like you could just keep going.  I love that feeling.  I almost forgot to stop once. 

Once I finished two miles, I didn't want to stop.  The day's run was supposed to be forty to fifty minutes, and I wasn't quite there, so I did keep going.  I did one more round for another half mile for a total of two and a half miles in about 42 minutes.  That was still faster than my half marathon training pace, but it's all approximate since I didn't have the Garmin to get an official time. 

I was pretty happy with today's exercise.  I did miss running outside, but I think the intervals distracted me from just running in circles.  It gave me something else to think about. Especially since I didn't have my music.  I am getting used to not always having music, but I really just wanted it today. 

Now it's time to put my angel to sleep, and I can just sit.  I think I'll enjoy the silence with a glass of wine.

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