Friday, July 31, 2009


Sooo I was out running some errands before work, and I got a phone call from my manager saying that the census is really low so I'm being "mandatorily canceled" for tonight. I was secretly terrified to check my voicemail because I thought I was being fired or something. Anyway, three day weekend for me! I don't know if I'm going to have to take "vacation time" (which I don't really have yet?) or if I just won't get paid for today...I'll find out next week, I guess!

This morning I got up early ("early" 8:20) to beat the heat for my long run! It was actually pretty nice out for July...low 80's and humid, but cloudy cloudy cloudy so I didn't have to fight the sun! Fantastic. After some MISERABLE runs this week, it was so nice to have an awesome long run. Thirteen miles were on the schedule, but I added on a little so I could say that I ran a half marathon today. :) My roommate is training for her first half in September, and I caught her before she headed to work...I feel a little bad about my training run being the length of her big race! I'll just have to get her into marathoning!

There were actually a fair amount of people on the trail today. I usually don't see many people, which is probably what I get for trying to run at 11:00 in the morning...most people are smarter and beat the heat! For this run, I really wanted to focus on keeping it slow and relaxed. After a terrible run earlier this week, I just needed some confidence that I can still run long! One bad run doesn't make a bad runner, but it's been a long week. Looking at my splits, I had thought that I was running slower during the run, but I guess not...I could still run slower.

Friday, July 31
13.32 miles in 1:50:05, avg pace of 8:16
Splits of glory: 8:34, 8:30, 8:22, 8:21, 8:12, 8:19, 8:15, 8:10, 8:13, 8:14, 8:02, 8:15, 8:09, 2:20 (7:17...yikes!)

Halfway to the marathon distance!

Thanks for your input on my gym question this morning. I'm the cheapest person alive (...almost), so I find it hard to justify joining a gym when my main activity is running...outside, year round. Then again, it would be money well invested (it's my health!) if I actually used it. I'll think about it a little more...

Off to watch Ellen Degeneres (I miss her show!!) and curl up with a good book...loving this day off!!


  1. Congrats on the long run! There is no way I could do a long run at 11. I leave no later than 6 for my long runs!

  2. Yay for being cancelled from work!! I used to LOVE that phonecall!! Great long run!! Hope you have a nice, relaxing evening!!

  3. Yay for a day off work! Personally, I don't belong to a gym for the exact same reasons as you. The only thing I like to do is run outside. I'll occasionally lift free weights, but all I really need is some 5s and 10s in my basement. I may join one if it had a pool for the winter, but I'd never use it most of the year.

  4. Even after running 5 halfs, I can't imagine using that as a "training run"! NICE SPLITS!!! :) speedy. hope you enjoyed the extra day off!!

  5. i wish my boss would call and cancel work :) yayyy for a day off! great job on the run too girl!

  6. Yay for your extra day off and a nice long run!

    As far as your gym question. LA Fitness was my favorite gym to belong to. It was big and had everything I needed although I found I never used it in the warm months because I always ran. In the winter I was happy to have it though because it was fun to mix it up with spin classes and yoga and stuff.

  7. i'm so glad you got to see the ellen show :) such fun!

    awesome run girl! yay for a long weekend!!

  8. Totally missed your gym post for some reason! I gotta say, I joined a gym in January because I hate running in the cold, so I would run on the treadmill. So that was a nice option. I do lift weights there, and it's been worth it for most of the months I've belong, but I'm cancelling because my school has a nicer gym that I can use for free.

    I have free weights from Target at home, and I use those a lot. I could probably do all the same exercises at home with free weights.

    But a gym is a nice option in the winter, for sure.

  9. I hope they don't keep canceling you at work! A surprised day off is nice every once in awhile, but not all the time, right? ;)

    I was laughing the other day because I was running 14 miles when a friend of mine was doing a half. I think anyone who gets out there and exercises is awesome for making the effort!