Thursday, September 17, 2009

Week 5, Holy Humdity! Calcium Crushing Concrete!

Saturday: 7.5 miles including 6x 1200m @ 8:47, 8:52, 8:50, 8:52, 8:53, 8:50 pace (goal 9:00); Did this run one day early so I wouldn't have to run at dark o'clock before getting on a plane to HAWAII!!! Yes, that is where I flittered off to the last week and change :) This run went totally awesome. Not easy but very fulfilling.

Monday: 4 miles @ 10:25 pace; This was the first of seven scheduled runs in Hawaii that I was absolutely dreading. Heat? Humidity? Bleh & Ugh! I envisioned myself tanking into a walking, sweaty, blubbering mess every run while back home. This first run didn't disappoint because you could cut the humidity with a knife. I was very worried about the rest of the week.

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 10:24 pace

Wednesday: 8 miles including 6 mi @ 8:54 pace; I have to take a moment and love this run because for the first time in my training cycle, I actually thought a sub-2 hour half might be possible. The 6 mi pick-up wasn't easy but it felt doable and I felt like I could have gone on a few more miles. A lot of times I'll credit cool weather for a good performance but that definitely wasn't the case this day.

Friday: 16 miles @ 10:26 pace; Pat on the back for me because I got up at 4:00 am during my Hawaiian vacation to run 16 miles before the sun got too strong. It was worth it, though, because I finally got the successful long run I've been craving down in the books. The last few miles I had some aches in my knees I usually don't get during runs. I'm figuring that it was all the miles on concrete (usually do most of my runs on asphalt). Boo suburbia! I have a horrible confession, too... I didn't do any ice packs or Homer soaks the entire time in Hawaii. The fact I still have usable shins mystifies me.

Flew home for my friend's beautiful wedding

I apologize for my silence! Week 6's recap is already just one run away from completion! A friend even emailed upset that "Monday Marios" came and went uncelebrated. Mario COMPLETELY disapproves of his lack of blog coverage. He is lobbying for a "Monday Mario" and "Wednesday Wabbit" post next week.

9 comments:

bunnygirl said...

Lovely picture! And Mario is worth waiting for.

ShirleyPerly said...

Well done on your Hawaii runs. Running in heat & humidity when you're not used to it is tough.

Beautiful photo from the wedding!

Mica said...

Haha, Mario is getting a bit of a diva complex! Next, he'll be stealing microphones from Taylor Swift.

I want to go to Hawaii! Take me with you next time--I'll take a portable fan and blow it on you!

Fez and the Gang said...

We protest also! That's great, I guess, about your running and stuff... but we just want Mario! Mario! Mar-i-o! Mar-i-o!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

What a pretty wedding that must have been! I guess it will be worth it to have double Mario next week, as long as he is placated.......

L.A. Daze said...

I want to see a disapproving bunny face!!

Alisa said...

Awesome chica! Way to go! Sub-2 is totally within reach!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday Wabbit---I LOVE IT.

Marlene said...

Hawaii!! nice!

Congrats on nailing you're runs in that humidity AND getting up so early on vacation. You are committed!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Dark o'clock, I like that :)

Looks like a very nice wedding...