Holy humidity! This morning, my dad came over to walk with the boys to the bus stop, which meant I could leave a little earlier than usual for my run. The humidity this morning was 98%--so let's just say the air was pretty thick. I had 10 miles at marathon pace (8:58/mi) on the schedule. I dread my Thursday runs, because not only are they long (10 miles for a mid-week run is pretty long), they are also fast. But I always feel amazing when I'm done, if I can tough it out!
Shortly into the run, I started bargaining with myself. I really just wanted to slow down and run at an easy pace. I was trying to convince myself that it was just fine to slow down, since I'm not going to be running this pace during the actual marathon, but I hate to give up on something when I know it's all mental. My body was perfectly capable of doing today's run; I just didn't want to!
So I told myself that if I ran the first 5 miles at goal pace, then I could run the last 5 at easy pace. That got me moving. I ran an out-and-back route that I haven't done all summer, because the last time I ran it, a black bird kept dive-bombing my head. The change of scenery was nice today.
Once I got to the turn-around point, and reached mile five, I bargained with myself again. I told myself that if I could finish out all 10 miles at goal pace, then I could run my entire 16-miler on Sunday at easy pace (10:00-10:40) rather than long run pace (9:38). Sunday's 16-miler is my last long run before tapering, so I want to enjoy it without worrying about pace. Thinking of that helped me to keep moving along at goal pace today.
At mile nine, I was really tempted to slow down and run easy, but I only had a mile to go. I started doing the math in my head: "My average pace is 8:51 right now, so I'm 7 seconds per mile faster than goal... I could theoretically run this last mile at (7 secs x 9 miles= 63 seconds ahead, so 8:58 + 63 secs...) 10:01 pace." Hahaha, the things that go through my head when I'm running! That's actually something I do while racing--figure out how far ahead of pace I am, and tell myself I could do my last mile at x:xx pace and still meet my goal.
When I got home, I was thrilled that I had actually done the entire run at goal pace, despite "allowing" myself not to--the power of bargaining with oneself ;) I sat on the porch and drank a ton of ice water. I was pouring sweat, thanks to the humidity in the air. Why does my sweat never show up in photographs?! I actually took this pic to show Thomas what happens when you run in 98% humidity (he's going to Florida for 5 days, and is a little worried about humidity!) But I look totally dry in the photo. Trust me, I could wring out my shirt.
Ten miles at goal pace run and done!
I heard a few days ago that Garmin is releasing a new Forerunner next month. I'm very happy with mine, and didn't think there was much (if anything) they could possibly add to a GPS watch that it doesn't do already. Boy, was I wrong! I've been swooning over the 620 for 3 days now. There are so many new features!
One of the things I like most is that it has live tracking, which isn't marketed as a safety feature, but it's a great one. The live tracking means that Jerry could see exactly where I am from his phone/computer WHILE I'm out running. Sometimes, I want to change routes while I'm out, but I can't because I've already told Jerry where I'm going. So this feature would be awesome.
The downside is that it's very expensive--$450. However, it's being released right after I run Chicago, and I'm thinking that I totally deserve to treat myself after running what feels like a million miles over the past few months to train for this race. Since Jerry started his new job, we have a little extra money; and by staying with my sister in Illinois instead of a hotel in the city (for most of the trip), I'll be saving the amount that I would spend on the watch. It's like it's meant to be! ;) And honestly, I wouldn't feel guilty about buying it; I know that it would get used just about every single day.
This is kind of random, but does anyone have any tips for keeping nail polish from chipping? I always see women with painted nails that look so cute, and it makes me wonder: Do they paint their nails every day? Or are they all in on some top secret way of keeping polish from chipping? When I paint my nails, they start to chip on the first day, and within a few days, they look like this:
I used two coats of black, and a top coat. So if anyone knows something I don't, please share!