Yes, I am way behind on announcing my SCAPE winner giveaway - but life has thrown me for a loop this week with training and getting my new business off the ground. But enough with excuses! And the winner is: # 3 Katie at Run This Amazing Day! When asked the question, what do you do to keep your skin protected? She answered in typical Katie fashion, "I protect my skin by letting a puppy lick me!!" Nice! And as much as I'm a dog lover, this might be a little over my head :) Congrats Katie, leave me a comment and I will get your SCAPE products out to you!!!
In other news, work has been a bear. I'm drained and defeated and can't wait until I'm out on my own and doing business the way I want it to be done. I decided to take some time off this week as my boss was out of town, and I had a fabulous time with the hubbs. We were going to go up to Tahoe but work threw a wrench in that for me and we stuck around town enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having.
Wednesday I got in a so-so run. I think my legs were still recovering from the hard trail race I had ran on Sunday. They were so lead like that I couldn't believe I was still out there attempting to get a decent run in. Oh well, got the miles in and called it a day.
7 miles 1:00:33 - 8:39/mi pace
I still hadn't gotten in my long run from last weekend so with a day off I decided yesterday I would tackle it. We went over to the east bay to get some change of scenery and make it a little less mentally draining. We went to the Iron Horse Trail and the temps were perfect. The one awesome thing about this trail is that it is wide and the scenery is just beautiful. The one bad thing about it, depending on which direction you start it, the way back is a steady incline. I was an idiot and started at the downhill section which meant for part of the run on the way back I was going uphill. Mind you, it's not a hill, just a steady incline, but when you already have 6 miles on your legs and you have 10 more ahead of you - you feel it! I may or may not have had a mental break down, cry fest at mile 12 when I looped back to the start and still had 4 miles ahead of me. My legs were done and I just didn't want to finish. But being the good sherpa that he is, the hubbs knocked some sense into me and had me finish strong those last 4 miles :)
16 miles 2:14:06 - 8:23/mi pace
When we got home, my hubbs who is slowly taking up running, wanted to go out for a run. He asked me to join him and off we went for another 2 miles. They were slow miles but probably a good way to really cool down after the 16 miles I had ran and the hour long drive we had home. He is doing great, his kick is good, his form is good, and as much as he keeps telling himself he is NOT a runner, I have a feeling this might stick. I'm hoping he enters a DU at the end of September - I would love to cheer him on in a race!
2 miles 19:07 - 9:34/mi pace
When we finished I was toast! I quickly iced bathed, put some compression socks on and called it a day. 18 miles in one day sure is draining. I felt bad I didn't even have any energy to help with dinner! But I'm glad I got it done and I think on Sunday I will cut back the miles of my long run and shoot for 12-14. We'll see how they feel by then :)
So many changes right now for me, so many un-knowns and it's taking it's toll. I wish I could fast-forward time to 8/31 and be out of this job. I'm dreading turning in my notice on Monday. I need to work on it though, it's eating up a lot of my thoughts and keeping me from being able to be productive with other things. Although I am leaving on a good note, things haven't been very good at my office and I'm thinking of a zillion million thoughts of how it's going to go. I just want to get it over. I have a feeling I won't be sleeping much on Sunday. :(
It's FRIDAY! And I couldn't be more happy about that!! I'm off to catch up with all of you. Man, missing a day of blogging sure puts you behind! You have all been busy! Good luck to any of you racing this weekend!
Happy Friday and Happy Running peeps!