Last week, I was the lucky winner of the lovely Lindsay’s giveaway!
What did I win?? A sampler package of Lush Nuts!
In five varieties: Original, Cinnamon Spice, Hot Curry, Salt & Pepper, and Coffee. I’m so excited to try them! Thanks, Linds and Lush Nuts folks!
Why is it so fun to get a package in the mail??? You could send me a box of pretty much anything, and I’d be thrilled. OK, not anything, but you know what I mean. ;)
So in my tizzy of excitement for the Fall Family Fun yesterday, I almost forgot about my training run on Saturday! Almost.
On Friday, I literally geared up for my 14 miles with a trip to Dick’s for some sporting goods.
The chomps and gu were good purchases–I used them both on the run and they worked out really well. No, um, intestinal issues to contend with. The tights and top? Well, I really had to talk myself into them. I know I spend half my life running, but those are investment pieces! I mean, I’m just going to sweat and be gross in them, so how much do I really want to spend? And at $50 a pop, you want them to last a while, right? Right. So, I convinced myself to stop being so damn cheap and committed to the fancy running gear. OK, it’s not that fancy, but fancy for me, considering I usually run in clothes I got at Old Navy or from my sister when she was tired of them.
Anyway, I set out early on Saturday morning for a 14 miler. It was cold–30 degrees!–but clear and I bundled up in my new tights and top, along with a headband and gloves, and hit the road. I felt really great at the beginning. I didn’t feel overly fast, but not particularly slow, either. My first few miles cruised by, and I was actually really surprised that I was maintaining about an 8:30 pace without feeling like I was going to die.
And I know we’ve all seen this, but it feels appropriate here, so indulge me if you will.
Maybe I look more like the first chick than I thought? Nah, that’s not possible. But I was truckin’ right along, that’s for sure! It was also homecoming for U of M last weekend, so running by the stadium and through campus provided for some excellent people watching, even that early in the morning. Tailgating and beer pong were in full force, even at 7:30 in the morning.
Then, around mile 5, I suddenly bit it. I have no idea why or how, but I lost my footing and fell–hard–skidding along the sidewalk and scraping myself up pretty nicely. Oh, and busting a hole in my brand new shirt and tights. Yeah.
Goodbye $100 . . . it was fun while it lasted!
I got right back up because I had quite an audience of tailgaters. Once I was sure that nothing was broken, I brushed myself off and did the logical thing–I kept going. I mean, what else was I supposed to do, right? But it occurred to me that this is the second time in about 3 months that I have straight up fallen on my face! I mean, does this happen to other people??? As I lay there on Saturday morning, I thought, “this feels oddly familiar.” Yeah, because it is, you klutz! Like a bull in a china shop, I tell ya. If there is an accident to be had, I will find a way to get myself in on that.
Perhaps I need to go the way of the padded snow suit?? Because I’m pretty sure I’m going to bust something someday soon.
But, I dusted myself off and kept going, and I’d say that counts for a lot, right? Aside from some scrapes and my busted knee, I wasn’t too worse for the wear, and I was actually able to maintain an 8:42 pace for the overall run. Not too shabby! How on earth I was faster than last week considering I probably spent a full minute lying on the ground is beyond me, but I’ll take it!
So . . . why have I been faster on my long runs these last couple of weeks? Well, there’s only one thing that’s really changed. I hate to admit it, but . . .
It’s really the only thing that makes any sort of sense. Even with my wimpy 3 lb. weights, strength training seems to be making me faster. I still hate every second of it, but I am kind of in love with running faster. So if weight training is what it takes, then I guess that’s what I’m doing!
I don’t, however, love what it does to my body. I’m looking really lean these days and not in a way I’m all that fond of. I know it’s just for a couple more weeks while I’m training for this half, but veins sticking out of my arms isn’t really my favorite look. It probably doesn’t help that when I went out for Halloween the other night, I overheard some dude saying that I didn’t look good. Thanks, guy. Not like I don’t have enough body image issues as it is!
Anyway, regardless of my sinewy-ness, I am proud of myself for the way I’m running and for picking myself back up after that fall. I’m so hardcore. ;)
Do you find you run faster when you strength train? What else makes you fast???