I was thinking it was going to feel colder than it actually did, so I totally overdressed--running tights and two long-sleeved tops. I've noticed that when I do my easy runs, I'm colder than usual because I keep my heart rate low (sometimes, I don't even sweat--which seems totally crazy to me!). So, I've had a hard time dressing for the weather. Of course, it doesn't help that Michigan's weather has been all over the board this year.
Anyways, I headed out, and while my legs felt good, I think my body must still be tired from the race last weekend. I had a hard time keeping my heart rate low, and I had to run in the high 10:00's and low 11:00's to stay under 146 bpm.
Speaking of my heart rate, my heart rate strap decided to totally give out on me just days before my race--so I had to buy one with two day shipping and have it sent to Portland, just so I'd have it for my race! It arrived on Saturday, just in time. I certainly could have raced without it, but it would have bothered me so much not to have it.
There were a couple of odd spikes in heart rate toward the end of my run today, and I know that wasn't accurate. I adjusted the band the best I could while trying not to flash all the cars driving by, and it worked again after that. I don't ever remember my heart rate strap causing so many problems over the past several years!
I ran a lollipop route, which ended up being 5.5 miles. Despite overdressing, it was really nice to be outside this morning.
My dad asked if we wanted to go dip netting this afternoon at the Metropark, and considering it was so nice outside, I decided I wanted to go. Dip netting is a way of fishing in which you drop a net from a bridge, and randomly pull it up once in a while to catch fish. I used to do it all the time when I was a kid, and while I don't enjoy fishing anymore, I thought it would be fun to take Joey and just watch the boys fish. My parents, the kids, and a friend of each of the kids went.
This is the bridge. I was standing across from everyone, just to get a picture:
Joey had a BLAST playing in the water. He was basically just jumping around, in and out of the water constantly.
He may have scared all the fish away, because we only caught two ;) The kids had fun playing on the rocks, though, and my mom brought a picnic lunch for everyone. It was a great way to take advantage of the weather. When we left, my mom and I drove separately in her car, and Joey had the backseat to himself. I looked back at him, and saw him curled up like a cat! I don't know how he can make himself so small. At home, he takes up half of my queen size bed; but give him his own backseat of the car, and he curls into a tiny ball ;)
Silly dog. Hope everyone had a great weekend!