As noted, the weekend was hot! I woke up yesterday morning later than I wanted. My intention was to wake up at 6am when everyone else was in bed, drink coffee, and head out for my 10-mile run. But some days, like yesterday, I wake up and still feel tired. I know it's better for me to sleep a while longer than try to force my body to get up and run. Since I turned 40, I definitely pay more attention to things like that and take advantage of any and every opportunity to get more rest.
Because I knew it would be hot, I thought I'd head to Ocean Beach to do most of the miles where I might be able to catch a breeze. Plus it's fun to switch up the routes every now and then!
Noob Move: I didn't bring any water. None. It was in the 90's and it was a noob move of pretty gargantuan proportions. Usually I see all kinds of drinking fountains...but I didn't see any on the beach. Around Mile 5, I saw a foot washing station for surfers and - well - you can guess what happened next. I have no shame when it comes to hydration. I'm also trying to get over my dislike of selfies. I'm not a selfie person AT ALL which is why I have so few photos of myself (my husband isn't much of a photo taker either). But I realize a blog without pictures is lame so I promise to get over it.
It was a breathtaking view from start to finish. I LOVE the activity in the city on weekends.!! From hang gliding to surfing to running to biking to roller disco -- you see everything here! And the people participating in them are just as diverse.
I had a whole lot of house envy in the Sea Cliff neighborhood part of the run. I keep telling my husband I want a house someday with a really colorful front door and bougainvillea growing all around it.
The run felt so wonderful. The best in a while actually! I don't know if it's the addition of strength or core or the fact that I've been disciplined in my training program, but the hills were MUCH easier than ever and felt almost effortless. If I'd just been smarter about hydration earlier in the run, I could have finished stronger. I ate three ginger ale Clif Bloks at Mile 6 that gave me an added boost. The flavor was good - you really need to test the flavors of everything you plan to eat on race day. You never know how a particular flavor will settle with you when you have very little food in your belly.
Look at these beautiful splits! My goal is not speed, but to maintain negative splits for every mile and leave lots of energy left for a strong finish. I only had 1-2 minor hiccups but overall I'm really happy with this!! In fact I think I was too conservative in the first part, but that's okay. I'll keep working on finding the perfect starting / ending pace.
Even though the run felt good, I knew I needed to take care of my knees which are always the first to give me pain when the mileage increases. Jon is a big fan of cold therapy. For a while, he was doing quick hops in an ice cold shower mid-day to energize himself. I don't go that far, but this ice bath felt really good and my muscles aren't sore at all today!
After the bath, I took Croc shopping with me while Croc and Jon cleaned up the backyard. Croc was such a good boy at the store (and insisted on pushing the cart the WHOLE time!) so I gave him a fruit chew in the parking lot while I loaded the groceries. As previously mentioned, he's a runner, so our rule is he needs to touch the wall at all times or he loses the special treat :)
Today is my day off from training but I'll do some strength or core work. Our vacation is coming up soon so I'm more motivated than ever to tone up! I'm also mentally psyching myself up to continue my training while on vacation. I know those are the times when I start to slip - when I get a little lazier or let the altitude or unfamiliarity with the trails be an excuse not to run. Not this year!! I WILL stick to my training.