Or maybe I’m just taking names? Hmmm.
So last night I kind of tricked Tim… I’m sneaky like that. I asked him if he would be interested in going for a run with me when he got home and after some careful consideration he was kind enough to say that yes he would be interested. So around 7pm last night, after he rolled in from doing some volunteer work (imagine how weird I thought it was when I saw “Barberton Pregnancy” on our shared to-do calendars) we laced up our tennis shoes and headed out to the tow path. I waited until the very last minute to delivery the good news to Tim…
The goal for the night’s run was 7 MILES! He was resistant at first and even actually exclaimed that he WOULD NOT go but after a little coaxing we were on our way. Had Tim not agreed to the run I was actually going to try the whole idea of books on tape for my run. Ashley had recommended it a few days ago when she sent me this inspiration text picture…
She said that she enjoyed listening to Jen Lancaster’s book while she runs and has found that it keeps her engaged and motivated during long runs. I was pleasantly surprised when I downloaded the “Overdrive” app on my i-phone and was able to connect to my local library and download “Bright Lights, Big Ass” by Jen Lancaster (clearly Ashley knows me well enough to know how much that title would intrigue me). With an easy click of “download” the book is now on my phone for FREE for the next 14 days.
Thank you Clevenet Library!
Additionally, I keep seeing that commercial where the kid uses his books on tape app on his phone (is it the same app? I have no clue) and he runs to like Moby Dick and stuff. WAY further than my little legs would take me but the commercial is still entertaining nonetheless.
My review of the run- went awesome! It has been MONTHS since I completed my first 7 mile run (which I couldn’t even track because my phone died so that was a guess) and I was surprised by how good it felt to get out there for a long run. The hardest part for me is just thinking about how long you will be running for. Setting aside over an hour of your day for a run is a long time… it’s not like a 20 or 30 minute run that you don’t really have to mentally prepare for- it’s a long sucker and you have to be in it to win it or not in it at all.
The really nice part of going on a long run with someone else, at least for me, is that I like to keep my pace at a conversationalist pace so Tim and I were able to catch up on our day with each other. Tim started his new job last week and is starting to get acclimated to the work and the people so I really enjoyed hearing about his new co-workers and workload. While it is probably a very fair statement to say that Tim and I understand about 10% of what the other person does on a day to day basis I do think it helps to keeps things interested. I have taken a more active role with my new position on the financial side of the business and have been coming across what would seem to Tim to be very basics questions in my meetings so it’s nice to be able to go home and get all of my answers from him! I think we spent a good 3 miles chatting about the balance sheet haha.
Very exciting right? Be jealous!
At the end of the 7 miles we went for a fast sprint to the car and guess who won?!?
Are you still thinking about me? ME silly.
But I never did warn Tim that we were racing- I just starting sprinting so perhaps he could have caught me.
I guess we’ll never know.
So with my Hal Higdon app on I was able to get a recap of my run and since you can’t really see the entire screen here, my mile breakdown looked like this
- Mile 1: 11:34 pace
- Mile 2: 11:15 pace
- Mile 3: 11:40 pace
- Mile 4: 11:51 pace
- Mile 5: 11:56 pace
- Mile 6: 11:40 pace
- Mile 7: 11:18 pace
So if you are good at math you would know that we averaged about 11:35 min/mile. And in case you are really observant you will notice that below it actually says I am a REST DAY well good for me for going running anyway.
As if that makes up for all of my slacking lately.
This weekend the app is suggested I do another 7 and I think I may try to make 8 happen. I figure it’s only actually a half of a mile longer than we went yesterday which is only another 5 minutes or so- I can do that right?
Yes of course I can!
Also, I was given (by my running buddy Ashley of course) a really neat little item to hold my keys for me while I run! Check out this little buddy…
It’s also. Since Tim and I both have push-button starts on our cars we really just need to pull out the little remote control and slip it in this handy holders which tightly connects to my shoe laces! Easy to put on and easy to remove. Easy to put in your purse too.
Off to Crossfit tonight! Hope my legs don’t give out on me.