Ran a segmented run today to get all the miles in. It was rough waking up early after a late night last night, but it was the most fun I'd had in a LONG time! Thanks Luz for having the birthday, Michelle for hosting and to everyone there for a fun time and AMAZING food!
My 10 mile run this morning turned into 11 by mistake, but it turned out well in the end. Just did a loop here at home and hit some nice Herriman hills, running around home could really help my endurance and speed if I wasn't such a pansy and did it more often!
In my numbers I'm trying something new. I want to record and track my heart rate as well as my AP and splits, so enjoy the numbers if you do...if not, feel free to skip and ignore!
AP: 9:05 (150) splits: 10:04 (148), 8:31 (146), 8:35 (143), 9:00 (146), 9:05(149), 8:57 (153), 8:53 (149), 9:40 (154), 9:35 (155), 9:25 (153), 8:15 (153) - what is interesting to me here is that my HR goes up during the hill miles. I have a much slower pace, but my heart is working a lot harder to maintain a slower pace. Well, except the last mile which I pushed to finish the last .5 that was flat. hmmmm.....
Got home and got the family and Lucy (my puppy) loaded up and ready for Wheeler Farm. I got to see Leslie as soon as I got there, which I was very happy about, because I had left her number at home! Got to the start and was a little bummed when the race all of a sudden started and I couldn't move (no chips), and didn't get to start running for the first .20 mile (or so according to my garmin). I didn't want to 'race' but Lucy had other plans and wanted to chase down the other dogs ahead of us. Once I started at the pace she set me at, I couldn't stop and I liked passing plenty of runners. The problem is that racing with a dog is a lot harder than you'd think! Especially around 100 other dogs, chickens, goats, runners and dogs in their own yards barking at us. Not to mention that every time she saw Craig and the kids she would want to cut over and see them (she must've thought she was done)! Then I had a nice push for the finish, but she was spent and I had to use my push to 'drag' her in - her fast start finally came back to bite her!
I figured finishing in 23 and change I could do pretty well, but nope! The 3rd and 4th place finishers in my AG were about 30 seconds in front of me. Oh well, I'll blame it on the late start. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the 'loop' course. I thought that running the trails around Wheeler Farm would be an easy 3, but we had to loop over 2.5 times - kind of messes with my head!
AP: 7:30 (172) splits: 7:39 (163), 7:15 (175), 7:37 (176), 7:18 (177) last .15 - I'm honestly surprised my HR was only just over 170. I'm trying to keep it at/under 160, I knew I was over but I'm happy that it was just over. Shows me that I can push it a little more than my 9mm without too much recourse.
Finished off with 2 miles of cool down, one was running in with Leslie. I had such a wonderful time with her (even though we didn't get any prizes!) and meeting her wonderful family!!
Went to plant flowers at Grandma's, came home ate, went rock climbing, went to dinner and now I'm off to a late night movie! I don't know why I think I can act like I'm 16 again and not pay for it tomorrow...oh well, live it up while I can!! :)
oh, forgot to record as a side note...ITB's decided to start aching at mile 2 at the race? WHAT?? I seriously don't understand these things! The only thing I can think is that it was harder on them due to needing more hip stability since Lucy was tied around my waist taking ME for a run.