Half Marathon Training Week 11, Day 2 (30 minute tempo run)
So... I accidentally did my tempo run today. This was not on my agenda for the day, please understand. I strongly believe in my running three days a week plan. I remember the first time (and until today, I thought the last time) that I ran two days in a row. It was my first time through Couch to 5K back in 2009, and I thought my legs were going to fall off. I believe I cried. So I decided then and there that I would not run two days in a row again. Now, please, let's ignore the clear logic here that I'm lighter and fitter now than I was in 2009... bear with me. Old habits die really hard around here.
But I had kind of a tough day. There's a whole lot going on in my personal life right now, and since it's messy and complicated and annoying, I will spare you the details... the point that is important to make for the purposes of my selfish blogging needs is that I was grumpy today. Little Miss Bonnie woke me up at about 6:30 barking her fool head off this morning. Normally, not a huge deal since I am a morning person, but I'm pretty sure I was smack dab in the middle of a REM cycle because I about hit the roof and stabbed that puppy. I didn't. Don't worry. But it made me groggy and grumpy and weird. Which is never a good way to start a day.
On top of that, I've been spending the last couple days sitting on my couch. Really. That's it. Yesterday, I went for my run in the morning, and then pretty much stayed on my couch for the rest of the day. Today, I woke up and then sat on my couch for hours playing Fruit Ninja because I am so cool. After about an hour, I had a pounding headache from staring at that tiny screen, so I tried to be productive and clean (HAHAHAHA). Then afternoon happened. And I hadn't left my house all day. Let's be honest, I hadn't gotten out of my pajamas. Okay, let's be super honest... I hadn't brushed my teeth.
So I decided I needed to get out, and I realized I wanted to run. I was grumpy and feeling kind of down and disappointed in myself (I fail at cleaning) and I just needed an outlet. For some reason, Turbo Fire sounded awful today, so a run it was. And I originally planned to just run for a while and not worry about anything, but apparently being pissed off really fuels a run. I was moving along at a pretty quick pace, so about halfway through, I just decided to make it my tempo run. Which means I can sleep in tomorrow. Yeehaw! Plus, it helped my mood drastically. I wish I could say that it helped me get off the couch and stop eating, but... I don't want to lie to you guys.
Also, it was cold outside (55 degrees!) and I needed to wear long sleeves. That was relatively delightful. And I tried out my new SPIbelt! I ordered it a while ago on a whim because pink was on sale and I decided I had to have it. It was inexpensive, and after one run, I believe I love it. I still haven't gotten to the point where I need gels or shot bloks or anything on my runs, but I used it to carry my cell phone and clip my iPod shuffle and it seemed to work well! Disregard that I wore it like a lame fanny pack around my waist...
Yeah... pretty embarrassing...
That's it. No more awkward pictures. But luckily... it's TRIPLE TANGENT TWEDNESDAY time! Stay tuned :)