I had more great runs the past few days. I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I’m sure it’s not going to last. Lol. Maybe I’ve turned a corner in my running. I almost think it’s a mental corner as much as anything.
I ran 13.1 miles Saturday while still in Connecticut. It was cold, about 32 degrees, but I felt great. I even sped up the last few miles.
Yesterday I had to promise myself to stick to just 30 minutes of running. I’m worried about overtraining. I ran hard two days in a row, followed by a long run. I ran about 45 miles last week. So I used a timer to keep me in check plus found a movie to go see so that I had to get off the treadmill by a certain time. Good thing I did both because I probably would’ve kept going. As it was, I ran another progression run (really loving these), with my last mile at a 7:25 pace. Not really the easy run I was supposed to do. But at least I only did a half hour.
Then today was an easy run of 6.5 miles. I think my new “easy” pace is close to 8:30/mile. Seeing as my pace in my first 5k back In April was 10:09 — and that felt like a really hard run — I’ve come a long way in 8 months.
Like I said, I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I like it.
A couple downsides are that I got a mystery bruise on my arm and some bad chafing from my running bra. The bruise showed up sometime after my race on Thursday. I don’t remember hitting anything, so I wonder if the cold weather somehow caused it. Like an expand/contract thing.
The chafing is just a regular casualty of running. I’ve been having trouble with it lately, I think partly because some of my favorite running bras have become a little less snug than they should be.
In the non-pain category: Tia of the blog Life: Everyone Has One nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I’m so tickled to get this from Tia because I feel like she’s a sister to me — a sister I’d like to hang out with and I might even let borrow my clothes (assuming mine are cool enough for her). That’s saying a lot because I don’t let my real sister borrow my clothes since I can’t expect to get them back the way I lent them to her. If I get them back at all.
Favorite color: green followed by purple. It used to be pink, then blue. But it’s been green for awhile now.
Favorite animal: turtle
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: diet root beer, but I probably drink more coffee lately
Facebook or Twitter: ugh. I don’t like either, but I use Facebook more because I can sometimes get coupon codes from liking stuff
Favorite pattern: um? Is this like zigzags? If so, I’m fond of argyle.
Getting or giving presents: definitely giving, but I hate the pressure of Christmas. I prefer seeing something I think someone will like and just giving it to them right away, just because.
Favorite number: I kind of like the snazzy number Christian sings in the elephant in the movie Moulin Rouge. Does it qualify as snazzy?
Favorite day of the week: don’t really have one. But now the song I Don’t Like Mondays is in my head
Favorite flower: tulips, I love how they herald in spring
What is your passion: I’ve got a million of them. I’m prone to intense obsessions with things and I approach things with a ton of intellectual curiosity. I love getting excited by new things.
Tia nominated several bloggers that I would’ve nominated also and I’ve seen this award go around to quite a few blogs. I tried not to duplicate, but I probably did and probably missed other blogging sisters who I should’ve included. Without further ado, here’s my 10-12 nominees: