Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Back on Track

After my horrible workout on Monday, I wanted to start fresh on Tuesday. My goal for the run was to complete 5 miles at a comfortably quick pace. I messaged a friend (Ryan) late in the day yesterday to see if he wanted to join me for the run with my dog. He said he usually doesn't have much motivation to run after 6pm so that sounds like a great idea.

When I was changing out of my work clothes, I noticed something strange. Why can I feel the floor even though I have my socks on?
Oh, that's why! There is a giant hole in the bottom of my socks. Thanks Pepper!! She likes to take folded laundry and chew on it if I'm watching TV instead of playing fetch with her. (Yeah, she's kind of a brat.)

After I was dressed, Ryan came by with all the right reflective gear, and I regret not snapping a photo of us runnerds before heading out. Ryan stayed behind me and the pup to start which actually worked out well. We found a steady pace early on so the dog wasn't a complete spaz. I was annoyed that my Garmin wasn't catching a signal for the first 1/2 mile (I thought about bringing my cell phone for its Endomondo purposes but decided against it at the last minute). When it finally turned on, we were well on our way. We finished up 4.0 miles in 37:25 with an average pace of 9:21 which I was quite happy with. I didn't feel overly tired but fresh and motivated when I was finished! (I got on Google maps at the office this morning and realized the actual distance was 4.4 miles, but I didn't start the watch until the satellites were synced up)

On our run we talked a bit about heart rate monitors and the difference of running by heart rate versus speed. I know Maggie at Run for Pi(e) swears by this method. I am intrigued and want to investigate further before completing my next marathon (whenever that is)... I already have the Garmin 405 but don't know much about the heart monitor strap or how to get it activated, etc. I guess that's what the internet is for! :)

Before my husband went off to bed, I had him snap a quick pic of me and the pup. Aren't we cute? Haha
I was looking forward to testing out my shirt from the Dash Into the New Year 5k because at first glance it looked really nice. I LOVED it, mostly because it is nice and long (aka doesn't ride up), dry fit, and comfortably loose (they only had men's sizes).

I came home from our run just in time to see the end of the Biggest Loser. I'm now totally addicted to this season. I've seen episodes before here and there, but never a whole season. This is going to be my first one (I know, I'm a little slow to the BL train). I really like Dolvett and want his team to do well (Bob is annoying to me for some reason), but I really like a lot of the members of the black team better than the red team. So now I am hooked and can't wait to see what happens next week! What are your thoughts on this season of the Biggest Loser? Which trainer do you prefer? Which team do you like better (black or red)?


  1. I also swear by the "run to keep up with the group" method :) But when I'm by myself I usually run by feel/heart rate.

  2. Keeping a consistent pace is something I struggled with a lot in the past but running with a group has trained me to do this a lot better! I really love group running and am so glad that the F'N Run Club has grown as much as it has this winter. When the snow starts to fall and the temperatures drop, only true runnerds will be out there! Haha

  3. When I was at the salon last night, my stylist asked what I was doing after, and I mentioned maybe going to the gym or for a run, and she asked how far I usually run. I said "well usually 3-6 miles and then longer on the weekends, I'm training for a half marathon." She was like "oh ... you're a REAL runner." Ha. I guess. Whenever I encounter someone who runs just for fitness I never know how to relate to them.

  4. Haha, a "real" runner as opposed to a "fake" one? I like that response to your comment. I guess I don't see the point of running for fitness. The dreadmill is SOOOO BORING

  5. I always run faster with a friend...the miles just fly by. Great job!