I just finished my first 7-miler since the Phoenix Half-Marathon.
Despite the gorgeous 65 degree temps, it pretty much sucked.
I felt like I was lumbering around like an old lady.
I had side cramps.
I was gasping most of the time.
But I got her done.
I was supposed to run with Kori after she went to church this morning, but she never called like she said she would. Totally blown off! Maybe she'll read this and know I am ticked off and then I won't have to tell her. I'll get it out of my system when I drop her like a hot potato on the bike during our practice tri on Tuesday. Yay for passive aggressiveness!
Anyway, I ran my favorite route, minus the loop around the lake. It was hilly. There were some nice 25 mph winds coming out of the east. I used to run this route pre-Garmin, so I have driven it and I know the mile markers. Garmin was almost a half mile off at the end. Normally I have a "Garmin is official" policy, mainly because most of the time I don't know the actual distance I run. But dude, I wasn't letting him drop half a mile on me!
So I ended up doing 7.2 in 1:13, about a 10:07 pace, which is a faster pace than my six miler last weekend. But I was dragging at the end! It was only with a little help from ABBA that I was able to "sprint" the last quarter mile. Then I got home and I was pretty light headed. My first year of distance running, I used to take a gu for all runs over six miles. But since then I have typically done 8 mile runs without anything. Maybe I need to go back to downing the guey grossness on 7 milers. (Actually I am all about the Clif Shot Bloks)
And FYI, I haven't owned a pair of New Balance in 6 years. I am now a convert to the Brooks moon boots. But seriously, I don't think anyone in my running club wears New Balance (although I am still a bit sore from my 7-miler today).
And in complete surprise, with this whole non-sugar thing, I have discovered that I am a big fan of coffee with milk and no sugar. Who knew? I thought I just liked coffee that resembled melted coffee ice cream.
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