This morning I used Google Maps to determine my route, since I couldn't take my phone that had a dying battery. Granted, I stayed home long enough that I actually ended up eating the other half of my breakfast before running, but I never plugged my phone in. Anywho, I went out thinking that I was going a little over 3 miles each way. The weather was pretty much perfect, with sunny skies and an ocean breeze. There were plenty of other runners and good songs on my iPod to keep me going, but it wasn't easy at times. I got tired, my knees started to hurt and my heartburn was hurting. I kept on though, and did the entire distance without any walk breaks! 1hr8mins51sec later I was finished, but found after rechecking Google Maps that I had actually
So, slow and steady, right? It's still a 1/2 mile increase from last week's distance and a better time, at an average of 12min44sec per mile. My time includes a 3 minute walk warmup so I actually was a little faster (*I first wrote 'better' and then realized that using 'better' as a descriptor negates my accomplishment, or at the very least diminishes my accomplishment. A more positive, affirming and self loving way to say it is, simply, 'faster'.) than my pace indicates. I am proud that I did 5.4 miles without a walk break, but at the same time I feel deflated for thinking I had gone that extra .6 miles.
I was hoping to review the new Feetures! socks I got last week, but I am not sure I have used them enough. After 2 runs I really like the tab on the back, but that isn't something specific to this brand. I did feel a bit of friction from them at one point during my run this morning, but mostly they were not on my mind. Having my gear not be on my mind, to me, is a good thing because it means it's a good fit. I was wearing a regular baseball hat today too, which was too bulky and heat trapping for a 5.4 mile run. As for the socks, I will keep an eye out for more in the future. At $10.99/pair from the running store in town the price is a little too high for my budget. On the Feetures site they sell for $9.99/pair and on Amazon a 3 pack is $25.19 or $8.39/pair. THe list of running paraphernalia that I want continues to grow!
It's time for my post-race snack. I am thinking of a low-calorie/high-fiber wrap to be used as a pizza crust for a barbecue chicken pizza. A little bit of low-fat Cabot cheese with red onions, barbecue sauce and chicken breast sounds yummy! I know I have all the ingredients, because I requested it for dinner last night and my wonderful husband made sure we had all the fixings. I did not get home from my conference until 8:30pm last night, and the ingredients were all laid out on the counter waiting for me as well as a snack of cheddar pita chips. I'm so lucky!