Thursday, July 31, 2014

a little grumpy . . .

I missed run last night -- on what sounded like it was the most perfect night of this ATL summer! -- due to an inconveniently timed conference call at work.

I hate when real life gets in the way of the fun stuff.  But I made up for it this morning with a super hard work out.  (Yawn.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I was in Phidippides the other day, buying socks and moaning about how I can't keep my nice white Balega's nice and white.  (Someone suggesting occasionally boiling them in vinegar -- yeah, that's going to happen!)

Anyway, Kevin (the fabulous manager) suggested switching over to gray.  Uh, duh.  Why didn't I think of that?  I don't like short black socks but gray goes with my sneakers (and most colors).  What a fabulous plan!

It's the little things, right?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

the joy of monday . . .

Monday training run - 1.4 miles in 30 min
Pace: 21:35

It was super toasty but not as humid here in the ATL last night.  We headed into the hills.  That's hard on a Monday -- so it was run/walk the first half and walk/walk the second.

Actually, I think any run is harder on a Monday.  It's easier to not get enough water during the day and Mondays can be taxing, at least to me.  Too many emails and too much scrambling to get the week started.  So it's good to go out for run, especially on Monday, but it can be rough.

Side note:  Dumbo is just a month away.  Corrals, waivers, final race instructions are all showing up and I'm getting jittery.  I was so much more ready for this last year.  That said, it will be a fun trip regardless.  (Yay - mini break.)

Monday, July 28, 2014

success . . .

Blue House with Butterflies
Because I couldn't get my camera out fast enough
for the
really odd house seen on run...
Saturday long run - 7.5 miles in 2:49
Pace: 22:24

After last week's rain-out, it was good that M and I got out and did our target miles.  Slow and steady but finished.

We actually walked so different than usual things were achy afterwards.  I really think C is right -- run/walk alternates muscle groups and is a little easier on the body for long runs.  (She's back from her travels this weekend. Yay!)

Friday, July 25, 2014

food friday . . .

Dinner last night was made up of primarily Herb Blend salad with whatever else I could find in my fridge to go on it.  (Hey, it was raining when I drove home last night and I was wearing cute shoes -- so no grocery stop.)

It was ok.  I liked the spicy taste but I didn't like the spiky leaves and twigs.  I know the non-romaine options have more nutrients (and I don't like raw spinach) so it's hard to find a good match for me in the range.

In other food news, I found out this morning the Weight Watchers is discontinuing my Peach Oatmeal (= M-F breakfast at work). Nooooooo!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

perks of running . . .

Wed training run - 1.27 in 28 min
Pace: 22:05

My weeknight run group meets at The Galloway School here in the ATL (not that Galloway -- it was started by his dad).  It's located on a park and right behind the Chastain Amphitheater.  Lots of trees and paths . . . and rolling hills (so many hills).  But it's a very popular park in the heart of Buckhead and a great place to run.

One of the big advantages of keeping this location is that our runners are super lucky to have great, free parking -- even when concert-goers are paying a premium for the same right.  (Although the night that Sting played a few years ago, none of us could even get to the run -- streets were backed up for miles in every direction.  Happily most of the time, it's just a bit more congested and you have to dodge peep with picnic baskets on the sidewalks.)

But it's good to know people!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

sum sum summertime . . .

These hot hot summer months are a continuing challenge.

I saw someone online last night in one of my fb run groups asking how a night person can get motivated to do crazy early morning runs.  My answer: live and try to run in the ATL in the summer!

I've never been a morning person but I would rather get up at 4 am and be running and done by 8 am than be out there on a sunny Saturday morning much later than that.

It's also funny that when people join our Saturday group, at first they're distressed to hear how early we start for longer runs (later in the schedule) but by the time we get there and the reality of temps (coupled with other weekend obligations) sets in.

Early is good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

the power of the group . . .

Monday training run - 1.2 miles in 26 min
Pace: 21:22 

Super steamy run again last night but at least it was a bit overcast.  I've got a really fun run group this quarter.  Of course, they're always fun but this group seems to have a higher percentage of people that actually show up from week to week!

Runs are definitely better with peeps.

Monday, July 21, 2014

and the skies opened . . .

Saturday "long" run - 1.57 miles in 38 min
Pace: 21:46

On Saturday morning, M and I set up in the drizzle (not unpleasant) at 6 am.  She very generously has been getting up super early on Saturdays to help me get my miles in while C has been out of town.  (I'm also trying to recruit her to join our group in August when it kicks off again!)

We made it a good way into the park and the drippiness got a little worse and then a little better a few times.  Again, this wasn't horrible compared to the heat we've had this summer.  Unfortunately about 15 min in, it started pouring buckets on us.  We stopped under a bridge and reassessed.  We decided to turn around when it looked like the sidewalks were flooding.  (Amazing how much more water and sticks and leaves there was on the path when we came back through the same way we'd been only a few minutes before.)

So it ended up being a low mileage weekend... but I'm looking at the calendar and shuffling things a little and I think I'm still ok.  Not great but ok.

Friday, July 18, 2014

40 days . . .

Oh drat.

Dumbo is just around the corner.

I'm at the point of alternating between being excited for my little vacation and freaked out that this is only a few weeks away.

9-10 miles on tap for this weekend.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

an 11 on the wizometer

Another nice one today.
Wednesday training run - 1.06 in 22 min
Pace: 20:40

What a difference a couple days can make!

On Monday it was mid-80s and we super high humidity (=miserable runners).

Yesterday, on the other hand, there was very little humidity (=happy happy runners!)  It was an 11 (out of 11) on the Wizometer in fact -- Channel 11 being our local NBC affiliate.  I'm not quite sure what a Wizometer is but they're pretty proud of it over at 11Alive.

So all that to say that I wish we didn't have humidity here in the ATL in the summer.  Wouldn't that be nice?

And it travels, too.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

wish i may, wish i might . . .

I wish I were faster.

Not because I particularly want to be faster but because 1) I'd have more peeps to run with and 2) I could more easily do the races I want to do.

Don't get me wrong. I'm happy to be out there -- particularly when I'm feeling pretty good (like right now) -- but it would be nice to have a little less stress involved in the whole process of running when you're a slow runner.

I think when winter (or at least cooler) weather comes, I might try some speedwork again but for now I'm focused on what's practical . . . and that's trying to get through these steamy summer months and staying on top of my training plan for fall (i.e., Dumbo).  I know I've got the 10K down.  The Half is a toss up at this point but it'll be a fun trip regardless.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

melting in the atl . . .

Monday Training Run - 1.05 in 21 min
Pace:  20:20

It was soooooo muggy last night.  Like sweating-before-we-even-started (while standing in the shade) muggy.

I'm not naturally a morning person but early morning runs really are so much easier.  Unfortunately, they're not doable for me during the week... so I'll keep sweating it out with my fabulous run group.

Monday, July 14, 2014

happy bastille day

Saturday Long Run - 5.7 miles in 1:57:43
Pace: 20:39

Today is Bastille Day and there's a Frenchman in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France (my favorite).

That's a big deal.

Back to running tomorrow.
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