I love runs like this one today.  I had 10 on tap for an easy Sunday morning.  In case you’ve missed it, I’m training for Salinas Valley Half Marathon in August, using a running competitor plan…which I really like.  I missed just one run, because I wasn’t, ya know, in the mood, but these types of plans I love, where there is something different every week.

I woke at 4:15am, because that’s my norm during the week when I run and have to be at work at 7am.  I laid back in bed, and thought, how stupid to think I could grab another hour and just run then.  Because, it’s been hot.  Summer is here.  Which means daybreak/sunrise runs.  Plus, knowing I have that 10 on tap gnaws at my brain.  Best get up.

I got dressed and out the door in record time, and the sky was already light-ish, although I still carried my mace, and my hat blinker was on full tilt.  When I do long runs, the best thing is not think about it, facebook or tweet it, but just RUN.  I have everything out in perfect put on order, so it’s easy for me to get dressed and walk out the door.

This was really an uneventful run.  At mile 1.5, I said hi to my clerk (yes, my clerk, and he sometimes opens the door for me) at the Shell Station restroom stop.  I was chugging alone, just grateful and enjoying the feeling of my feet on the ground.  Down Spring Creek and turning back onto Milgeo, I saw something moving on the left side of the road.  Not a cat.   Not a dog.  But a fox.  And, though I wasn’t afraid, I was really happy that I had my mace, just in case.  It was still dark by the time I was at the next tower at Mistlin Park …I was at mile 5 there.  I planned two Clif Shots for this run…one at 4, and one at 8 miles.  So, I was really happy that I was still feeling good.  Over Jack Tone, to the next tower and I was still pretty happy with my slow pace.  Nothing really eventful, just really felt good.  I rounded into my block at 9.7 miles because the police were in front of my house, and it reminded me of the Day Chet Was Brought Home In The Back Of A Squad Car but the cop was listening for another barking dog, not mine.

I was gonna stick my feet in the water, but I looked down at my new Garmin 910X and thought, well I should get some use of the waterproof function.  (I bought this ridiculously expensive watch when I got a new job because I had a coupon)…and I sold Crash Davis, just cuz a new runner pal needed one, and decided to take advantage of the swim feature.

I knew vaguely what a brick was.  Two different workouts that most triathletes do to simulate changes in their transitions, etc.  Something like that.  I had to look it up just to be sure.  I switched workouts on the Garmin (no name yet) …And, I started to swim, and my feet, well…they felt really good.  I could feel my quads working, and they too really liked it.  I was petrified that maybe my watch wasn’t really waterproof, but it was cool…I could see it working.  And, though I only swam for 10 minutes, it was .40 of a mile, and that was pretty exciting.  (I’m sort of a data geek.)

I spent the morning making waffles, and nearly passing out in the spa from that sweet tiredness you get when you work hard.  Waffles, Strawberries, Bacon, Coffee.  Near bliss.  Boys are home.  My life is at a peaceful place.  My life has predictability.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have the same pictures every day.  Chet, food, my kids’ sports, the spa, running.  Kinda boring, but in a way, very consistent and safe.

Here’s the data from today:

Run: (slow, yes)

Distance: 10.00 mi
Time: 2:12:48
Avg Pace: 13:16 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 856 ft
Calories: 1,049 C

Swim: (first time…love it)

Distance: 625 m
Pool Length: 25.00 m
Time: 10:08
Avg Pace: 1:37 min/100 m
Calories: 150 C
Avg Efficiency  : 31
Avg SWOLF  : 31


And now, it’s time for Dodger Baseball, which means some crying.  🙂

Happy Sunday!  Go be AWESOME…

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