Today was my first 15K race since the Revel Run in Shreveport back in October 2016, and I went in with two goals. The first was to set a new PR, and the second, more ambitious, goal was to hold the pace I would need to maintain to run a 2:30 half marathon. I am pleased to report that I achieved both goals, even though it did get tough in the last few miles of the race. When we started, my phone said the humidity was 98%, and when the humidity went away, the temperature was rising, but I managed to push through and PR by 10 or 11 minutes! (Official results aren’t posted yet, but my watch said 1:46:00 was my finishing time.)
A special highlight was seeing Jennie and Jesse about a tenth of a mile before I would turn the corner to the finish line. I’d planned to walk to the corner until I heard a cry of “Come on, you ol’ glue stick!” from down the road. (It was Jesse.)
I responded with, “Aw man, I was gonna walk to the corner!” but he told me that it was, in fact, not the time to walk but the time to “Kick it into high gear!” I told him I didn’t know how to drive a stick, but I did keep cruising at my running pace, which shaved a few seconds off of my finish time. Boom.
Loving my medal AND my new(ish) LSU hat!
After the race, I enjoyed hanging out and chatting with friends, which is almost as much fun as the race itself when you have friends like mine. I headed home for a shower, caught up with Ariel on the phone for a bit, and proceeded to take an outstanding 3+ hour nap.
Speaking of naps, I’m mostly on track with my goals for the weekend. So far I have:
- Gone for a run
- Taken a nap
- Gone grocery shopping
- Done 1.5 hours of school work
- Worn my pajamas for 13 hours
- Watched 1 hour of TV
- Done some laundry
I have the following remaining:
- Go for at least one more run
- Take at least one more nap
- Do 6.5 hours of school work
- Watch 3 hours of TV
- Knit for 2 hours
- Wear my pajamas for at least 11 more hours
So, tomorrow will be an ambitious day, but I can handle it. I’ll overlap my knitting with watching TV, and I’ll take a shorter nap tomorrow. Or maybe I’ll take a shorter nap and reward myself with a third nap if I’m ahead of schedule in the afternoon.
Something that made today great: $1.79 Blue Bell pints at the grocery store!
Time I woke up: 5:30ish