Randomness on a Tuesday

Let’s start with this past weekend, shall we? I got in my 15 miler on Saturday morning, and it was craptastic. I don’t know what the deal was, but my legs had no energy. It was probably in part due to the fact that I ran hard 800 meter intervals on Thursday night, and my legs were still feeling it. I was also horribly down on sleep last week stemming from a midnight soccer game (yes it started at midnight) on Wednesday. I was also probably due for a less than stellar run. My training has been going freakishly well thus far, so I was bound to have a crappy run at some point. The crazy part was that I felt the whole time like I was averaging around 9:30/mile just slogging along. When I checked the garmin at the end though, my overall pace turned out to be 8:40 over 15.5 miles. This tells me that my standard natural pace is becoming faster. Yay! I have a 20 miler on tap for this Saturday, so I hope the weather cooperates and all goes well.

Saturday night Steve and I attended a casino night fundraiser for the WSC (Women’s Soccer Club) and Women’s Charities at Lakefront Brewery. It was fun, but more importantly I got to drink Lakefront beer. Yum.

Moving along to Sunday. Like most of the teen population of the United States this weekend, I watched Twilight. I will spare you a detailed review and just say that despite its obvious flaws (completely cheezy and badly acted at times), I swooned over Edward and will probably watch the movie over and over because I can’t help myself. In other Twilight news, this photo has been brought to my attention:

So yeah, if you need to find me on November 20th, you know where I’ll be.

Moving along, I am conducting an experiment this week. It is entitled wake up at the butt-crack of dawn, work out, and see how I feel. Here are the results so far.

Day 1 (Monday): I set my alarm for 5:30am and was in the pool at the Y by 6:05 (pats self on back). Believe it or not, this actually went well. We all know how much I dislike swimming, so it was nice to get it out of the way first thing rather than have it hanging over my head all day. It went by faster too, because I was thinking about the day ahead rather than thinking about how much I can’t wait to get home and plant myself on the couch for the evening. I also found that I was energized during the day and in no danger of falling asleep at work. Verdict: a success.

Day 2 (Tuesday): I once again set the alarm for 5:30am. This time I got up and had a cup of coffee before I headed to the Y for some mile intervals on the treadmill. I do not run without coffee. I was on the treadmill around 6:15. After a slow mile warm up, I moved into the intervals. I got through the first three ok, but by the fourth I thought I would die. I actually had to HOLD ON to the treadmill hand grips to complete the workout. I felt tired and a little sick. Right now (10:15am) I do not feel energized. However, I am glad to have it out of the way. Verdict: still out. We”ll see how I feel for the rest of the day, but I suspect I am not cut out to run hard that early. 

One last thing. I have recently discovered the show Weeds. We started getting Showtime not too long ago, and the show is through season 4. I joined Netflix this month just so we could watch it from season 1. Let me just say, I can’t believe I had never seen it before. It is so addicting that not even three weeks have gone by, and we are already up to season 3. It is absolutely hilarious, and the characters are great. If you can’t tell, I would highly recommend watching it.

That is all. Please carry on with your Tuesday.



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3 responses to “Randomness on a Tuesday

  1. Weeds is the best! The first season was the funniest I think. The rest are just really good. New (and maybe last?) season starts in June I think. Can’t wait!

  2. As the kids say, OME! That movie poster makes me all sorts of trembly. For reals. Makes me want to go read book 3, page 186. Because I’m a hopeless teenager.

    I would like to conduct a similar experiment, but just can’t quite get to the “wake up early” part.

  3. jules527

    Working out before work is seriously the BEST as far as making the rest of the day feel like a breeze, and freeing up lots of time after work. I love it to death….if it weren’t for the pesky ‘cutting into my sleep time’ thing. I wish I could make myself do it more often.

    I hear you about the bad run, but holy shit….if my bad run averaged an 8:40 pace for 15.5 miles I’d think I was the bomb:) Keep up the good work.

    and sometime when you are running 12-13 or less [do you ever??} we should run together some saturday morning. I’m always looking for more running partners….but just know that I do NOT run faster than a 9 minute mile ever. EVER. 🙂