Its Training Day!

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Today was the first official day of training for the half marathon in Toronto this fall.  It is also the first full day of summer - yay! Days are getting shorter! WOOT!  Just teasing .... sort of.  Anyways, according to the training program Pat the Runner and I whipped together earlier this year, I was scheduled to do 4 miles.
The "Program"
So, at the incredibly early time of 6AM, I suited up, slathered on the sunscreen, filled my water bottles and laced up my Mizunos.

It was a beautiful morning in the river valley today - a crisp 9C but plenty of sun.  There weren't too many people out there yet which was just fine with me.  It was one of the first times wearing my running skirt outside, in public (!), and I was feeling self conscious.  I was testing out my entire half marathon outfit to see how it felt and to start getting used to the weight of the fully loaded belt.  The weight wasn't much of an issue and I discovered I preferred wearing it backwards (as I do with my skirt) so the bottles are in the back.  Wearing it with the bottles in front like I'm supposed to, my arms smack into them when I swing them.  Argh.

Anyways, I took the "Long Slow Distance" instructions a bit too literally and apparently was walking slower than I do on my treadmill.  By the time I reached the turnaround point, I was behind schedule.  However, I had to pee so badly, I thought I was going to have to jump into the bushes.  Fortunately, a little further down the trail was a park with outhouses I was praying were unlocked.  So, I powered on and added an extra half mile to my total for the morning.  I momentarily considered returning to the church when I saw the port-a-potties were available!  That thought quickly evaporated as my nostrils filled with the fumes as I stepped inside.  Yadda yadda yadda...I started walking home.

Seriously behind in terms of time, I decided to try and make up some time by running, one minute at a time.  I probably shaved about five minutes off my time imagining I was a Kenyan as I plodded along.  All in all, I did 4.5 miles (next Sunday's mileage!) in 89 minutes.  I need to drop that down by at least ten minutes but I keep telling myself Sunday's are all about distance, not time.  I'm going to leave my watch at home on Sundays and only use it on those days I have shorter distances and can focus on time more.  Next up - two miles on Tuesday and two miles on Wednesday although I think I scheduled hill work with Robyn.  Eeek!

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