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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

'Arium Run

Kim took this and the photo below on her run a few weeks ago. I'm stealing them because it pretty much looked just like this today when we ran the same path.

Normally I do my three mile runs on Mondays. But I wanted to get one more run in with Kim before my race on Sunday. Since she does her three mile runs on Tuesdays, I just shoved mine over one day. Worked out well since I had my book club last night after work (by the way, we read Wally Lamb's The Hour I First Believed. Anyone else read it?) and I always feel rushed when I run before book club.

Anyway, today we planned to go SLOW. We also decided to head south on the lake front path instead of north. I'd never been south so I was excited about that. Turns out that south takes you past both Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. And right on the lake. The sun was super hot so the wind blowing off the water felt really nice.

So nice, in fact, that our slow pace was still speedy. We're bad at slow. Although, I always feel bad because Kim is chatting away, asking me questions, and I'm over there huffing and puffing trying to answer and then never asking her anything back. But at least it keeps my mind occupied and I rarely think about how fast we're going. Today, though, I glanced at my Garmin (which was sort of behaving itself for once) and realized that we were hitting an 8:35 pace. Yeah, I asked to slow down. All the way to 9:00 minutes per mile on the way back! Whew.


I really, really enjoy running with friends. I never realized it until just recently. Which is why I'm so excited that I'm running this next half-marathon with a friend! Holly just made an awesome post about how excited she is for me to get there. Sure, I'm excited and nervous about my race but I'm mostly excited to do it WITH someone. Someone who I've known online for years but never met in person. Someone who gave me a reason to not only take a vacation but run in a place I never dreamed I would run. Someone who inspired me to run in the first place. I know she's hoping for a PR (personal record) in this race. While it would be fabulous if I got one myself I'm more excited to be doing something I love with someone I care about. And, yes, I truly believe you can care about someone even if you've never met them in person.

And with that, I'll leave you with today's stats while I go off to squeeze in the last little bit of core strength training for the week.

Route:--Elev. Avg:581 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:-3 ft
Date:07/14/09Up/Downhill: [+88/-91]
Time:11:42 AMDifficulty:2.0 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy
 77 F temp; 29% humidity
 76 F heat index; winds S 12

Distance: 3.01 miles
Speed:6.5 mph
Pace:9' 14 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 32+0' 186.3-0.2-13 ft
29' 10-0' 046.5+0.0-7 ft
39' 00-0' 146.7+0.2+17 ft
end6' 40-2' 349.0+2.50 ft
Versus average of 9' 14 min/mile

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Anonymous said...

I'll be happy as long as we finish strong & smiling and get our holding hands finish photo!

And Kim makes you really speedy!

Lindsay said...

That is the nicest looking Garmin route that I've seen in a while! Very clear-cut!

RunningLaur said...

Great pictures, even if they aren't yours - thanks for sharing!

kilax said...

I am so excited for you and Holly! I think you two are going to end up having so much fun it will be an annual trip! (maybe she can come out here for the next half ;) )

I really enjoy running with friends (YOU!) too. It makes the run just speed (ha) by! I wonder how we would do on a long run together.

Thanks for accomodating my training schedule to run with me all this time!

P.S. I am not sure if I have ever had negative splits before, so this was a good run for me!

kristen said...

-3 elevation gain? WOW - In my dreams. Nice job!!

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