The long runToday I had planned to do an 8 miler, which is the longest distance I've run previously. I did that distance twice about 2 months ago and then I injured my foot and had to stop running briefly. Since I started running again, the longest I've gone was 6. So, I thought I'd stretch and try to hit 8, especially with my first half marathon coming up in just over a month.
But as I went out the door, in the back of my mind I think I wanted to try to hit double digits, as in 10 miles. It was a pretty nice day out, although just a tad chilly. There was not much wind, and I was feeling good. When I finished the run, my Nike+ said 10.55 miles--yep double digits. Woo-hoo, I thought. However, not always trusting my Nike + when it comes to distances, I pulled up MapMyRun and discovered I only went 9 miles. (I really need to get a Garmin) I didn't get the double digits like I thought, but I still achieved my longest run ever, so I felt pretty good about that. (yes, I realize that for many of you, 9 miles is a not that far, but for me it was an accomplishment)
The last couple miles of the run, I was really feeling how out of shape I still am. I was struggling, and took a few walk breaks. I should have taken some water or gu or something, I was seriously lacking energy. And I was sweating like a pig at the end because I overdressed and it warmed up. I like to weigh myself after my runs, and I literally lost like 3 or 4 pounds. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll gain it back by the end of the day. (For some reason I like to weigh myself after my runs, does anyone else do this? Psychologically I think I trick myself into thinking I'm losing weight (and maybe I am a bit).)
The Big D
Tomorrow after church my wife and I are dropping the boys off at my parents and heading for a 3 day getaway to the Big D (Dallas). It's the first trip of this length we've taken without the kids and we're looking forward to some alone time and doing some fun stuff and just hanging out together. We are really looking forward to it, and thankful to my folks for taking the kids. I'm hoping to get in a run or two while there, depending on where the hotel is located. We really have no plans other than going to a Mavericks basketball game, and going to IKEA.