Au Revoir Week Nine. Good Riddance!

The heat won’t quit. Although, we enjoyed a cold snap (mid 70s) that lasted all of two days. Ha! Again, I pushed my weekday runs to the following morning so I could avoid the afternoon heat. Week 8 consisted ofย 6 miles on Wednesday (1:10:32), 4 miles on Friday (44:47) and 8 miles on Saturday (1:38:13 – THREE minutes faster than my previous 8 miler!) Sunday’s 2 mile recovery run got pushed to Monday. I’ll explain a little later.

Wednesday 7/8/15, 4:00am.

Wednesday 7/8/15, 4:00am.

Friday, 7/10/15:

Friday, 7/10/15:

Way too early and way too dark.

Saturday, 7/11/15:

Still slow but faster than last week!

Still slow but faster than last week!

I didn’t take any photos on Sunday. This is about the same time my brain went on vacation. LOL I woke up feeling like a zombie. I could’ve slept all day but I forced myself to get up and human. *WARNING: TMI AHEAD* PMS and all that goes along with it really jacked up my week. My piddly 2 mile run got pushed to Monday. That was the hardest 2 miles I’ve run in a while. ๐Ÿ˜€ I skipped running on Tuesday and Thursday. I was too hot, too tired and too cranky. By Friday night, my brain returned and I was fretting my Saturday long run. My alarm went off at 6am. My plan was to be out running by 7am. The forecast high for the day was 91. I’m notorious for farting around so naturally, I got out the door at 7:30am. By mile 2, I was feeling the effects of taking the week off. I wanted to stop and walk but I kept telling myself, “Just 7 miles left.” and kept counting down. It helped a little. I try all kinds of tricks to keep myself going. Usually goofy pep talks like: “I’m not going out like that.” “Nuh uh, I’m not brand new.” “Eyes on the prize.” Really embarrassing stuff. ha ha ha By mile 7, I was seeing shapes in the bird droppings on the ground. I, for real, saw the silhouette of the Air Jordan logo. I should’ve stopped for a photo.

Saturday, 7/18/15:

Before the run. Hey, is that Michael Jordan?!?!

Before the run. Hey, is that Michael Jordan?!?!

 

Everything hurt when I was done but I did it!

Everything hurt when I was done but I did it!

Watermelon NUUN and leftover water.

Watermelon NUUN and leftover water.

Both knees and right hip were bothering me towards the end of my run. I’ve noticed a nagging pain in my right foot too. I figured it was time to replace my running shoes. The Saucony Hurricane 16 have worked well for me so I dug around the interwebz (I know, sorry) and found them on sale. WOOT! I also found Hoka One One Clifton on sale (original not Clifton 2) so decided to give them a try.

TWINNING! Replacements on the left. Saucony Hurricane 16

TWINNING! Replacements on the left. Saucony Hurricane 16

Hoka One One Clifton

Hoka One One Clifton

I feel like Napoleon Dynamite in his moon boots when I have these on. <3

I feel like Napoleon Dynamite in his moon boots when I have these on. โค

SeaWheeze is just around the corner. I’m starting to get so excited for it! THEN KAUAI!!!

Boo is not excited.

Boo is not as excited about SeaWheeze or Kauai.

Week 10 should be interesting. The weather is a mystery. I’m seeing forecasts anywhere from 70 degrees with showers to sunny and 80 degrees. The higher miles are really starting to intimidate me. But I’ll stick to what’s working for me. I can’t remember where I read this phrase, it may have been Runner’s World, “Run the mile you’re in.” Kind of a “duh” statement but I love it. It helps me chop up the runs into bite size, doable pieces. During the hilly portions, I usually give thanks for the ability and strength to make it up those hills and pray for additional strength and mental toughness to get through the run without stopping. These are my one-on-ones with God. It does my mind and body good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, thanks for reading!