It seems that it’s Friday the 13th. I’m superstitious about a lot of things (you should see me during a football game), but 13 is kind of my lucky number, so today is going to be a great day!
First, please visit the ZOOMA Florida Ambassadors page and see if you recognize someone!
I am so excited to be a part of this group of running and fitness bloggers, representing the ZOOMA Florida race. It’s going to be my second half marathon, and I am so excited to see if I can beat my time for my first half in December. I would love to get my hands on that ZOOMA Personal Best medal.
Here’s hoping that the month between half marathons helps me tighten up my pace!
Are you thinking about visiting the Sunshine State in January to run through beautiful Amelia Island and on the beach at ZOOMA Florida? Check out my badge on the sidebar for a discount code good for 10% off your registration fee.
In other news, this morning, despite really, really, really wanting to stay in bed, I got my butt in gear and completed over 9.5 miles! It was kind of a struggle. Even though I hit the restroom several times before running out the door, I got hit with the urge at around mile three. Ugh. I run through some construction areas, so there was no shortage of portapotties, but… I just couldn’t do it.
So I detoured to the local grocery store, instead. At that point, I was past the halfway mark. My legs got pretty tight, which I’m confident was from stopping and sitting in the loo, but it couldn’t be helped. I sipped at my water, and took a couple of pink lemonade Honey Stingers to keep me going. I stuck to my 2:30/1 intervals, and only doubled up on walk breaks a couple of times. I kept telling myself “You can run for two and a half more. It’s only two and a half.” And that kind of got me through.
I found a great little running track in one of the neighborhoods on my way, and hopped on it for something different. I got lapped by a man who looked to be in his 70s. You know what? I was ok with that. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and when I reached my goal of 9.5 miles, I did a small happy dance.
In my head.
I didn’t have any energy left for more than that.
I would love to get my pace closer to 12:00 for Tower of Terror, but a friend gave me some great perspective this morning. I started Couch 2 5K in mid-February, which means I’ve been running for only seven months. Less than a year. Add to that, I had to take off about a month between June and July for recovery, and that gives me six months. So, I really can’t be too disappointed in myself. Practice makes perfect, and I’ll get faster the more I run.
While I would love to be done for the weekend, I plan to get up for a three or four mile recovery run tomorrow, just to keep my legs loose. I’m getting awfully close to taper-time!
We had little man’s Open House last night. So far, we have been really happy with his school and his teacher and last night really cemented those feelings for us. I really like how the classroom is being handled and what will be covered through the year. He’s been having a great time with the transition to Kindergarten, and I have been having a blast volunteering at his school. I’ve signed up for several committees and opportunities, and I’m excited to get started as Room Mom, as well. Our school has an incredible principal, wonderful staff and a great PTA. I’m looking forward to the years ahead.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I plan to chill out, watch a lot of movies and hang with the family and some friends.
What do you have planned for the weekend?
Would you use a random construction portapotty if nature called while running?
How were your workouts this week?