Saturday, April 3, 2010

From One Extreme to Another


Last night I had a wacky dream. I was running a race in a large building, and I had to run into a room, chug a beer, sign my name in a book, then run to the next room. What that heck is that about?!?!

I ran another training run this morning for the Mountain Goat, which gave me a feeling of redemption after last Saturday's Virtual 10K. As I had suspected, I really did run farther than the Nike+ipod indicated, I ran closer to seven miles, in an hour and seven minutes. The only reason I figured it out was because after today's run, a fellow runner said his Garmin read 6.97 miles, while the Nike+ read 6.22.

And honestly, it felt like seven, it was a hard run. The steep hills begin at mile one, I charged right up, but I got hot, even though I had on a Tech shirt and shorts. It's crazy how much the weather has changed in a week, last Saturday I ran in 20 degree weather, this morning it was about 60 degrees, and right now, at five o'clock it's 89!!!!!

Around mile three I felt a bit of a stitch in my side, which was annoying because that hasn't happened in a while. So I slowed down, had some water and kept it at bay. I have to say how nice this one guy was whose house is on the route, he set up a water station in his driveway, and further up was another station, with a couple of cub scouts helping with the clean up.

At mile six, I was feeling tired, probably because I've been used to running in the cold, and this was my first warm weather run in months. I was wicked thirsty, we passed a Burger King, and I'm not a soda drinker but I felt like running right in there for a large, cold, bubbly Pepsi over ice. Then I made the mistake of looking at my reflection in an office building window, my form is terrible. I was hunched over, lurching along like, well, Lurch. But I decided to just suck it up, and get the last half mile over with.

So that run is done for another week, next week they are switching to a different section of the run, apparently these hills are very steep, but relatively quick. Whatever that means.

I wanted to give a shout out to two bloggers, whose giveaways I won last week! Thanks to Suzy at Running on My Time, for the Starbucks giftcard! It was funny that I won, since she won my book giveaway. Thanks also to Brad at Eat N Listen, for the Flavorwood BBQ Grilling Smoke cans. Brad is a food blogger who loves bacon, one of the first posts of his that I read was about a basket he made out of bacon....bacon!!


So now I can plan on sitting outside in the warm weather, drinking a latte, and smoking some meat.


Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

16 comments:

Alyssa said...

Molly, that was nice of you to include Passover, too. We sort of celebrate both in our house. I say "sort of" because Lil Bits is young and to her Easter is much, much better.

Happy Easter to you and your family, too.

misszippy said...

It is hard to get used to the heat, especially when it comes on so quickly. But like you said, now you can kick back and enjoy it!

ajh said...

That latte sounds good! Isn't this weather great? Glad you found out the true distance!

Teamarcia said...

Our heat was here and gone--enjoy while it lasts!
Congrats on the giveaway scores!
Have a great holiday weekend!

Julie said...

Hi Molly,
I have those crazy dreams every now and then too!! After I remember them I always sit and wonder what and the hell they mean:) It is taking me a bit to get used to the warmer weather and have also been so thirsty!! Enjoy your weekend!

yonca said...

Enjoy the beautiful weather! Happy Easter!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hi Molly,
I'm stopping by from SITS today. I don't really like to run, OK, I HATE to run, but I've found it interesting to read about your experiences. It sounds like it's great therapy for you and way to go! I hope you have beautiful weather today.

Anna

Sophia's Mom said...

89!
This is what really upsets me!!!I spend the entire winter and summer waiting for spring or fall weather and it only lasts a week...

Happy Easter/Passover!

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Susan Fobes said...

I was looking at a pair of training shoes yesterday-you put me to shame. I have got to get moving...

Erin C. said...

Happy Easter! And don't dismiss those running dreams... I don't remember my dreams too often, but when I do, they sometimes involve running. Once I dreamed the night before a 5K race that I ran the race and finished in 21:39. So what did I run the next morning in the race? 21:39. I wish I could figure out how to do that ALL the time! Hope you had a great holiday!

MP said...

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to you, too! (I'm jealous--89 degrees is my idea of heaven!)

Tara said...

Hi Molly! Happy Easter to you and your family, hope you got a lot of egg hunting in!

Sounds like you had a dream about college. That's the sort of stupid stuff that we did in college.

Wish we had 89 degree weather! We are still in the 60-70's here. I guess I shouldn't complain.

Love and Puppies, Christy said...

That beer chugging race sounds amazing. Let's organize!

J said...

This weather sure has been crazy! It actually has been perfect temps in the mornings. Hope you had a good rest of the weekend!

Love the Decor! said...

Funny dream!!
Thanks for stopping by Hope your day is full of blessings!!
Congrats on the giveaways!!

Nikki said...

lol that is a weird dream!! he he. I wonder if its like meaning you want to run but you also want to drink a beer after you reach each finish line :) Happy Easter to you too!!! ps you are such an inspiration!! I started running a few weeks ago and I'm at 1.2 miles per day. I wasn't going to run today but now I want to hearing you talk about running 7 miles!! :)