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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Loop de Loops

I didn't really want to go for a run last night. I thought about skipping a workout all together, but then my husband said he'd go with me. We decided to do the same loop I did on Monday except he'd do one loop and I'd do at least two. That would give him about a mile and a half and I'd get in at least three.

So, we leashed up the dog and went out for a family run. Jason was running faster than me. When he was running anyway. The outing didn't go so well for him. He was feeling dehydrated, his chest was hurting, and then his shoulder started hurting. I was sort of struggling, too. When he would stop to walk I would keep running and just circle back to catch up with him. It felt a lot hotter than it did on Monday and, well, I just wasn't really feeling the run. Even though I was running slower than Monday it still felt hard. At least I ran negative splits!

I think some of it had to do with the fact that I was ravenous when I got home from work last night. I find that how good I feel on my run is very dependent on how many calories I've had prior to lacing up my shoes. I still haven't figured out the perfect amount, though.

Anyway, I ended up taking the dog and finishing up the first loop while Jason walked home after a little less than a mile. I dropped off the dog and headed back out for my second loop. Part way through it, though, I decided to mix it up. My neighborhood is laid out entirely in a grid pattern so that made it easy to run up and down streets without getting lost. Also, I kind of wanted to avoid the old men I ran past during the first loop. They seemed a little too over-eager to say hi to a girl running in a skirt and tank top.

Overall, I did just under 3.5 miles. I admit, I was kind of hoping for 5, but whatever.

I did see some fun things, though. Like fire hydrants laying along side the road waiting to be installed. I'd never seen a fire hydrant that wasn't sticking up out of the ground. I almost went back to take a picture of them but, well, I was hungry for dinner.

I think my next goal is going to be to run up and down every street in my neighborhood at least once in the same run. I wonder how many miles that is....

Route:--Elev. Avg:620 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:07/29/09Up/Downhill: [+13/-13]
Time:06:30 PMDifficulty:1.8 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy
 74 F temp; 44% humidity
 74 F heat index; winds E 8

Distance: 3.44 miles
Speed:6.0 mph
Pace:9' 58 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
110' 48+0' 505.5-0.5+3 ft
29' 49-0' 096.1+0.1-3 ft
39' 37-0' 216.2+0.20 ft
end9' 13-0' 456.5+0.50 ft
Versus average of 9' 58 min/mile

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Lindsay said...

Cannot believe how uber flat it is there! I feel like I've said that before but it's oh so true!!

Island Girl Eats said...

How I eat really affects the way that I run. Tonight I felt like my blood sugar level was low. I don't think that I ate enough during the day.

It is hard to know how much to eat before you go for a run.

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