Yesterday morning, I was out for a run, and on the way back to my house, I stopped to get the mail from our mailbox. Our mailbox is about 1/4 mile away from the house, so sometimes our mail sits in there for a couple of days. I had a package, a magazine, lots of ads, and a bunch of other crap in envelopes--I carried all of that with me the rest of the way back to my house, while I was running. I think I looked ridiculous.
When I got home, I saw a very official looking envelope addressed to me, and I was bummed when I saw what it was:
Today, I woke up at 5:15 this morning, and knew there was no way I was going to fall back asleep, so I just got up early. I had plans to meet Ty for a long run this morning. She e-mailed me last week to see if I'd want to run 12 miles with her today, and I said sure--despite the fact that I am not technically training for anything right now!
I drank my usual quart of water, like I always do first thing in the morning, and then as I sat in the living room talking to Jerry, I got really nauseous. I started thinking maybe I was just hungry, so I made my oatmeal (with caramel, coconut, and chocolate chips). Between each bite, I put my spoon down, and debated whether I was going to throw up. I have no idea what was going on with me!
I never ended up throwing up, so I got ready to meet Ty at 7:30 (she drove down here from Ann Arbor). It was another cold morning:
It was nice to chat with Ty--I think the last time I saw her was at the Solstice 10-Miler in June. She has a goal to run a sub-2:00 half this spring just like I do. We're opposites when it comes to racing--when I train, I can run much faster than I do during races, whereas Ty runs faster during races than she does during training. She claimed we'd have to do 10:30 miles today, but immediately, that wasn't the case ;)
We were running 9:00-9:15 min/miles for a while, which was pretty fast for my long run. My last outdoor long run was 11 miles, and I ran a 9:20/mi pace. We still managed to have a conversation, though, so it was good! When we got back to the car, I wasn't thirsty at all, so I didn't even stop for water.
Shortly after we passed the car, my fingers were frozen to the bone. I was wearing gloves, but I might as well have not been wearing any at all because my fingers have never been that cold! I was seriously worried I was going to get frostbite. We ran two miles out and turned around, then made our way back. We finished with a 9:18/mi pace overall... not bad.
I STILL don't have any way of uploading my Garmin info, so this is from Ty's:
I was really bummed to see that I only burned 906 calories. For 12 miles?! I burned 981 on my 11-miler a few weeks ago. I know that you burn less as you lose weight, but good grief. I only earned 12 PP on today's run.
I came home and took a steaming hot shower to warm my poor fingers. Then I spent a couple of hours sitting in the recliner with Estelle. I didn't have the heart to get up, because she looked SO cozy on my lap.
I want to thank everyone for the super nice comments to my sister about reaching her 10% goal--she was truly overwhelmed with how kind everyone was! This is what she had to say:
"I thought it was so awesome that your readers took time to acknowledge my accomplishment of losing 10% of my weight. I know most of your readers are also working at losing weight or getting healthy etc. so I think they also deserve a big congratulations for making positive changes in their lives.
I have decided to get over the fact that a big fuss wasn't made about my 10% at my meeting and rewarded myself with a huge online shopping spree at Venus.com. I ordered a new bathing suit, a swimsuit coverup and about 10 dresses!! I am sure I won't keep all of them, but I figured I would try them on and send back what I don't want.
When I told Shawn [Jeanie's husband] that I was going to buy some new clothes and if I should stick to a budget, he said "When women lose weight, they either get a boyfriend or buy new clothes, so NO, there is not a budget", LOL!
If you get a chance, ask your readers how their 5k training is going. I would love to know what everyone else thinks so far and if anyone is planning on running once the 5k is over."
Tomorrow, I'm hoping to post the prizes for the Virtual 5K. I've had everything ready, I just haven't taken pictures and turned it into a post. It's not too late to sign up! The Virtual 5K is Friday, Jan. 25 (anytime of day you'd like, anywhere you'd like, even the treadmill; you can run or walk). There are 450 people signed up right now (holy smokes!).