National Run Day

Today was a little out of the ordinary.  I mean lets be real, my ordinary right now is get up, having coffee, read for a while, watch a little tv, job hunt like a maniac, read a little more, run, maybe go to the beach.  Nothing exciting or strenuous!

Today I actually had in interview!!  AHHHH.  I have no idea if I will get it but it was a pretty awesome clinic.  They have a lot of cool PT toys like an infinity pool and gravity reducing treadmill (NERD ALERT, NERD ALERT)!  I thought it went very well and will have all my fingers and toes crossed for maybe some good news.

After getting home I decided I was going to celebrate National Run Day by rejoining my group at Lululemon!  The whole crew is different from when I left for rotations but it is fun to meet all new people and I am excited to really get back into it and go every week again.

run club

So nice to be home and be able to get some semblance of a routine going again!  Hope you had a great run for the best holiday of the year!

Push It To the Limit

Last night was my first run with Philly Runners Run Club.  It was quite chilly but I made the mile and a half trek to get to the art museum and met up with about 7 people from the group.  The run for the night was 8×400 intervals so we set off for a warm up jog down Kelly Drive to the starting point.

Along the way I talked to two of the runners about running Boston.  They were both training for it and they had each run it a few times before.  Just chatting with them about it for the mile or so warm up got me so excited and ready to take on these intervals…I thought.

The guy that seemed to run the group paired us up based on estimated speed so we would have someone to push against and with.  This was good and bad for me.  I have a ridiculously competitive personality in this kind of thing and of course I had to win.

The first one, we stayed together and ended up running a 1:20, faster than either of us thought we could.  Though to be honest, I have never really done 400 intervals not on a hill so I had no idea really what my time could or should be.  By number 5 I was pretty sure I was going to have to call it at number 6.  My calves were fasciculating while I was running to the point that I wasn’t sure if they would hold me up or give out while I was running.  When he lined up for 7 though, I couldn’t quit so I went out, knowing if I did 7 I was going to do 8 to get back.

There is absolutely no way I a) would have done that many reps tonight (I haven’t started officially training and speed work yet) or b) pushed myself any where near that hard if I was alone.

I have always been an advocate of running with a group for the social aspect, the safety aspect and the enjoyable miles that just fly by but I hadn’t ever participated in one that helped me really push myself to the limit.  As much as I am dreading this workout next week, I know that it will be so helpful once I finally do start training in a few weeks.

Tomorrow calls for 13 miles and I am meeting the same group to get them in.  It is supposed to be raining but much warmer (~60) so I will gladly accept that trade off.

Have a great long run tomorrow or Sunday, and go find a group to help push you to your limit!

Currently Building and Ark

So remember Friday, when I was in happy I-just-did-great-on-my-test-so-I-don’t-mind-running-in-the-cold-windy-rain.  Well that girl is gone and I would like some good weather please!  Will I get so lucky…thats a negative!

I Hate you Accuweather!

I hate you Accuweather!

We have literally had one day it hasn’t rained since Friday, and it was yesterday and I had a rest day.  I should have looked at the forecast and changed that rest day, but hind sight is 20/20 right?

So this girl begrudgingly drug herself into the gym and ran on the treadmill, surviving 6.33 miles thanks to Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Joey and Ross.

Bright shining light in my day though!  My running group I was with every Wednesday night that changed the day to Saturday is returning to Wednesday night starting next Wednesday.  I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself!

Hope you are having better running weather karma than this girl is!