Today I woke up feeling much better. So great that I had pasta for breakfast! (The thing about living alone is I can do stuff like that.) I kept checking the weather and ultimately decided to man up for an outside run. (I just am not emotionally prepared for the gym right now.)
Around 1pm I headed out for a 'long run' which was more like an 'equipment test run' which had some WINS and FAILS. I did a little out and back with my iPod on the interval timer program and took the Camelbak along for the first time. Here's the route:
- It's hard to take pictures with the iPod while it's all hooked up to my ear buds. Judge for yourself below.
- Nutrition strategy: waiting until I feel so tired and hopeless I want to cry before taking nutrition is too long. Perhaps I could time my eating better to avoid the pit of despair feeling altogether.
- Clothing: I need to wear my neck gator I think. The wind sucked. I also wish I had the gloves that I can keep on and still operate touchscreen devices. Otherwise I was fine.
- Nutrition strategy part 2: Chomps go in a pocket or glove next to the body, not in the pack. In the pack they turn into chomps ice cubes that will surely break a tooth.
- If I'd had my phone I probably would've done Fort Snelling but with the snow on the ground, I was a little iffy on the footing and what to expect on the hills back there.
- Camelbak: It was touch and go because I kept imagining it was leaking on me (not so) but I think it's basically more pleasant than wearing a hydration belt around my waist.
- Interval timing program on my iPod - basic win. Towards the end of the run I figured out how to make the program turn down the music so I could hear the timer bells clearly. It has to do with the order of turning on the program and then music I think?
- Clothing: I wore two pairs of socks (feet: never cold); two pairs of pants (legs: cold at one point when the wind was coming full on, otherwise fine); two shirts and a jacket (could've had a windproof jacket but it was dirty); hat (I love UnderArmour).
- This whole "interval" thing, also known as the Galloway method is pretty fun and is providing a nice way of breaking up longer runs into manageable chunks. I move faster when I run and can focus on form more. Also, I never would've done a 9 miler today without the run/walk option so yeah for getting out there!
MUSIC from the run - some of my favorites from today's playlist include:
- Queen - Under Pressure. I always think of the first episode of Studio 60 when I hear this song. Aaron Sorkin - I miss you and I wish you'd come back to television.
- Eminem - Not Afriad this came at the end of the run when I particularly needed a song that would get me moving.
- YeaSayer - ONE - one of the few bands Qat Lady and I can agree on.
- Santana Feat Joss Stone and Pittbull - Cry Baby Cry, apparently I still want to be in Miami.
PHOTOS from the run - enjoy!
|Looking out at Lake Hiawatha, one of my first "walk" intervals|
|Crazy shadows made my the fencing on the trail!|
|Looking out at the Mississippi River; over half way done.|
|This is how we do beaches in Minnesota. Go here to see what this looked like a few weeks ago.|
|At the end of the run.|