I didn't manage to run on Saturday. It was raining pretty hard when I left work. I weng grocery shopping and decided that that running would wait until Sunday. In fairness, the rain cleared and I could have run later in the afternoon but oh well. Sunday it was.
I was out on the canal at 8AM on Sunday. Brrrr, it was chilly! I LOVED IT! Perfect weather for running! I started out and just started to run. I didn't look at my time, I didn't look at my mileage, I just ran. (The canal has mile markers so all I had to do was count the mile markers and I knew I would be pretty close to my mileage.)
I was running in the peaceful morning when a guy on a bike crept up behind me. He called out that he was 'coming up on your left'. I jumped about a mile, and he laughed that he was afraid I was going to jump right into the river. I trucked on. I felt pretty good. Before I knew it I had reached the mile marker that I knew to be my turn around point. (I knew I would be over my 5 mile run, but I was actually ok with that.) I had run every step of the 2.88 miles. I did walk for a bit at the turn around. I saw a jogger coming up and I didn't want to jog right in front of her....and then I wasted a few moments because I didn't want to jog right on her tail end. So I waited and then followed her dust. She was actually only remotely faster than me so I kept her in my sights for about a mile or so on the way back. I ran the whole way back and I felt pretty good. I knew that if I ran back to where I started I would be over 5.5 miles. I knew in fact that I would be pushing 6 miles. I figured it would be a 2/10th of a mile deficit and I briefly thought about running the extra segment to finish it up.
However, right at the 5 mile mark I started to feel it in my heel. Darn Plantars Fasciitis. (my knees bothered me a bit too at the end) I made it to the bitter end and decided to not push the foot. It was SO stinkin' close too!!!!!!
How amusing to see that I actually got faster....my last first and fourth miles were about the same. I turned at about 2.88 so that's why the third mile was slow...because I wasted that minute or two walking. But how amusing to me that the last 1.9 miles were faster than anything else. Go me! (and that is when I was starting to feel it in my knees and heel!)
I came home and rolled my foot on a frozen bottle of ice......then I got in the hot tub to relax a bit. By then it was lunch time. We toyed with going for Mexican, but ended up at a diner because I enjoy a salad that they have. I really felt the need for something nutritional. As much as I love the Mexican, I just was craving a salad. The weird thing. Last week I ran 4.12 miles and my legs felt it all that day and into the next day. They were just tired and achy. Today I feel fine! It was so hot so maybe the achy legs were just a kickback of the heat that just pummelled me. Maybe it was the hot tub that eased the muscles in my legs today. I don't know...but I'll take the no achy legs. I'm totally stoked though, because I KNOW now that I CAN complete a 10k. Yes, I was a few tenths of a mile off of officially running a 10k, but I could have EASILY finished it if I wanted! So now it's just a thing of keeping running, working on speed and just rolling with the 10k on the day it happens.
IN other news, we ran into Walmart. (don't hate me.....it's the only place I can find my favorite drink mix......Crystal light used to have a cherry pomegranite and I can't find the Crystal light brand...but Walmart carries their cheap version...and it tastes good!) I call it my 'pink stuff' and while I should be drinking only water, it adds variety and is better than me drinking Diet Soda. :-)
But anyway, I digress......I ran into Walmart and low and behold I saw this back in the toy section. (Yes, I walked through the store.......stretching my legs some more....) I'm a little disturbed by this!!!!!! I was tempted to get it for my nephews.... but thought that my brother and sister in law may have killed me. (ha ha ha...whatcha think Alan and Cindy???)