But before that - and update on the wellness fridge situation.
Thank you, person who left a dollar. But it's too little, too late. The wellness fridge is gone, and i am now left hungry every day. I hope the guilt destroys you.
****update*****another dollar has appeared. maybe yelling at everyone had an impact!
I have been running the skokie lagoons the past couple weeks because its super convenient. I get to avoid traffic, and that makes me a happier person in general. The path is hilly (by chicago standards) and there is never anyone on it, except a few bikers - and even they are few and far between.
There are a lot of times i have really terrible runs, where i finish the run, feel like i am going to die, can't take another step, etc. In the past two weeks i have cut multiple runs short or had to significantly slow my pace, i have thrown up, i have had aches and pains, felt the first pangs of fatigue, and i have been unmotivated. A good portion of the time, running sucks. But every once in a while, a multitude of factors and elements align and create:
The most perfect run ever.
I significantly over-ate on Tuesday, and i was worried that my gluttony would slow me down, but in fact, all that extra food made me feel like i had more energy. I think that sometimes i don't totally get the whole calories in/calories out thing. Either way, what i thought was eating way too much actually made me feel great on my run! I also slept in yesterday morning, thanks to Matt swapping an AM puppy shift. That extra hour of sleep was glorious. The weather was perfect - about 60 degrees, slight breeze, and the sun wasn't too high in the sky. For some reason the distance of the run was psyching me out, so i did the ole "just see how you feel and you can always stop." I started with a very conservative pace because i was still a little tight from the shuffle. I ran at a comfortable pace, where i could of talked to someone, if i weren't totally alone. The path i was running on is 4.5 miles, so i decided to do one loop and see how i felt.
It was an incredibly peaceful run. I actually enjoyed my music, rather than frantically flipping through songs trying to find something to push myself. I was actually listening to folk music for half the run (I love you, Bob Dylan...) The first loop flew by, and i decided to do one more going the other way, and maybe a little bit faster. The one tragedy of this run is that i forgot to turn auto lap back on, so i only have times for the full loop :(
I have historically had huge problems going out too fast, and then losing my momentum later on in a race. It plagues me. It's something in my personality type, i think. If you put me in the sahara with multiple gallons of water, i would drink them all the first day. My mind does not understand rationing. or pacing.
I was able to pick up the pace for the second loop, and shave a few minutes off my time, and that made me very happy. When i finished the run, i was tired, but i could have kept going if i needed to (like if i was running a race) That made me feel really good, and confident about this whole marathon thing. I assure you, this brief feeling of calm will soon pass and i will return to my normal neurotic state of constant complaining and fear.
On my run, i saw 8 deer, a pack of Canadian geese (that hissed at me.) (because they are jerks) and half a grilled cheese sandwich. (that was a weird one, but it appeared to be in perfect condition) I actually went back to photograph the sandwich, bit i think one of the deer ate it. Those greedy bastards.
The lagoon deer are totally unphased by people - they couldn't care less if i was there taking pictures.
And the best part? Coming home to new compression socks that came in the mail. All in all, it was a good night!
AND just a reminder - Bic Bands is donating a portion of every BIC band sold to HDSA for both March and April. So, you can look fabulous, and help stop a really devastating disease. Multi-tasking for the win! So buy one for yourself, your bff, your mom, your sister, even your dog....
|Waffles HAD to have the pink glitter band|
|Do you have any idea how hard it is to put a headband on a basenji??|
|This is one of the ones i just ordered - I REALLY like the extra thick ones, mostly because i have so much unruly hair.|