If my plans hadn't changed because of the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, I would be writing this post from New York right now. But I am very happy with my decision not to go, and I'm grateful to be home and safe with my family this weekend. If you haven't heard, the NYC Marathon was also canceled--that is a very big deal! I've been hoping they'd make the decision to cancel. The whole thing just didn't feel right, with all the stuff going on there right now. I think they should have canceled it sooner than today, however. I'm sure a lot of people flew into NYC today for the race.
Since I would no longer be running the 5K in NYC on Saturday, I had to change up my running schedule. I took the 5K race off and added a long run for today.
It feels strange to call six miles a "long" run, after the marathon training I did, but I am SO happy to have my long runs be the distance that my short runs were all summer! I'll gradually build up my long runs again to 12 miles before the Ragnar Relay. Obviously, I'm capable of running 12 miles right now, but I am looking forward to a reduction in miles for the next couple of months.
I dressed in my UA Cold Gear tights and a long sleeved shirt with a (super bright yellow) t-shirt on top. I was going to be running on the shoulder of a busy road, so I wanted to be visible. It was in the mid-30's when I headed out this morning, and after a few miles, I actually wished I'd left my gloves and ear warmer headband at home.
The goal on my schedule was a 10:34/mi pace, but I just decided to run at whatever felt comfortable. There were a lot of cars on the road for the first couple of miles, and it was irritating to have to keep running onto the gravel shoulder every time a car was coming my way. A lot of cars move over into the other lane to give me some space, but I never trust a driver while I'm running, so I always play it safe and get over as far as I can when I run on the road. I do like running on the road, though--for some reason, the miles seem to go by faster.
I was feeling good for the last mile, so I picked up the pace a little. When I finished, I had that really great runner's high that I love!
Estelle has been obsessed with Noah's trick-or-treat bag. She always loves to climb inside of everything, but she was really into this bag. We picked her up while she was in it, and hung it up on our coat rack. She thought it was SO cool to be perched up and hidden like that. It was hilarious to watch her peek her head out, and then duck back inside.
I've been watching The Walking Dead recently. I don't know how I agreed to watch it, because I absolutely HATE anything having to do with zombies (I even go out of my way to avoid watching zombie movies, because I think they're stupid). But Jerry absolutely loves the show, and I told him I'd watch the first episode of season one on Netflix.
Well, I watched it, and now I'm completely hooked! I still hate the zombie parts, but the majority of the show is more about the people that are surviving rather than the zombies; I've gotten really hooked on the story lines of the people, and I keep watching to see what happens next. Jerry cannot contain his excitement that I like the show ;)