Monday, August 30, 2010

9 miles and Street Sweeper Social Club

It was a busy, busy weekend!

Saturday morning, I headed out to meet Katye at the trail for some major miles. The goal for Katye was 12, and I suppose I was shooting for that, but only (ONLY??? REALLY???--Isn't it amazing how our perspective changes as we up our milage base?) ended up with 9.23. That is my furthest distance since my half marathon back in the middle of May. As in three months ago.

Remember those 8 miles I did on the treadmill last week? These 9 were harder. Perhaps it was the rolled ankle I hit at mile 2 (really, it’s the only injury I ended up with, which is really a victory in itself!)

I felt bad starting out because I knew I was going to slow Katye down. She has those long legs and I am more of a turtle. After some reassurance, I finally stopped apologizing and we went out. Our starting pace was a bit quicker than my normal long run pace, but it felt good so I went with it.
I don’t have a lot of great endurance to just run forever like some of the other bloggers I follow (and I admire you all) and I ended up having to do 1 min running/1 min walking on Saturday. I try not to beat myself up over it though, because in the end, I was moving and on my feet and enjoying a BEAUTIFUL morning. Honestly, I could probably have kept going one those minute one, minute off for another couple of miles, but it was getting HOT!

After the run (I was content to end at 9.23, but crazy Katye had to run a few more tenths to hit 12.5) we headed over to Wegman’s for some delicious muffins and fruit. After chatting a bit and drying off (ewwww) we parted ways, but I am really looking forward to our TNT run on Saturday (Dear Hurricane Earl—if you can miss hitting the East Coast on Saturday, that would be awesome. I would owe you big time. Love—E).
In the past, after a long run, my arches and feet just kill me for the next couple of days, so I am happy to report that it was not an issue this time. Maybe my body is getting used to this whole distance thing, finally :)

Sunday, I intended to work out, but the husband had tickets for the Rock The Bells tour in Columbia. I wasn’t thrilled about going, but husband was excited so I tried to be a trooper and went with him.

In the end it was a good concert. The best part of the whole show was Street Sweeper Social Club. Never heard of ‘em? Neither had , but they were awesome! The husband and I found them when we ventured back to a smaller stage when Lauryn Hill looked like a no show (she ended up being there, way late and we still got to see her) and were visiting with a friend of mine. When the band started, husband commented that they sounded like a Rage Against the Machine copy cat. I whipped out the iPhone and started googling them until I found out that the guitarist WAS Tom Morello and once our friends believed us, we all ran to the stage and were probably 4 people back from Tom Morello.  It was a huge shock to all of us and a very pleasant suprise!

Seriously, I’m not worthy—the man is a guitar GOD!!

This week is more of the same--running and cross training with a bit more available time. I am back to being a law school widow, so I don’t always feel the need to rush home following a workout.

Saturday is a TNT Training run (and the Iowa Hawkeyes first game of the year—by the by!!) and I am sticking around to get in 10 miles and Katye has promised to push me a little bit so I can work on my sub 5 hour marathon time! YAY!!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Happy Running everyone!


the dawn said...

great work on your run! you are so right about the skewed perspective we get about distances. there is no "only" mileage. you did over nine, which is amazing and you should rejoice over that :)

Anonymous said...

You did great! Seriously I was so proud I know you could have thrown in the towel any time but you killed it even with that little ankle problem early on

Hunnybee said...

You've been chosen for the Cherry on Top award!
Come over and collect it to pass it on.

kilax said...

It is funny how 9 miles becomes a short run!

I sometimes feel bad when I feel like I am slowing friends down... but they are always free to run ahead! :)

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Only 9+ miles? ONLY? LOL! You are so right about how our perspective on the miles change. A few weeks ago, I was so happy to ONLY be running a 6 miler. ha!

As a fellow turtle I would love to meet up and run with you sometime. I always feel terrible about slowing my friend down (I'm still doing intervals), but she's a great sport about it.

Crossing my fingers for the both of us that Earl will stay away! Enjoy your training run.