To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
Make it simple, but significant.
- Don Draper

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Run #24 - Hills, Hills, Hills

With the new registration of the Shamrock 15K I couldn't help but notice they throw "Challenge" in the title. I believe it said 15K Shamrock Challenge on my registration. Challenge. Okay. Then I learn there are hills. Okay - well this makes sense. I mean I can't seem to ever pick something simple. Go big or go home! Every 10K I've done has been insane in its own way, so why pick an easy 15K as a first?? So I decided I should probably start adding more hills to my half marathon training plan.

I had 4.5 miles on the agenda and wanted a fresh route. It was another warm night, so I threw on my skirt and this time just a thin, long-sleeved shirt. Mistake right there! I wanted to rip my shirt off 3 miles in.  I managed to work in a few hills that probably aren't huge by any standards, but they were a start. I ran up all of them, even when my legs felt like they had bags of cement attached.  In the end, the 4.5 miles took me about 48 minutes with an average pace of 10:33. I am really surprised my pace was so fast. I walked for a very short time twice during that, so I thought it would have been longer. I sure felt a lot slower than that. Who knows, maybe I am getting a teensy weensy bit faster?

In other news, I went shopping today! All day! It was so much fun! My mom and I went together to get some new clothes for Florida. Last year we were shocked at how cold it was, so this year I wanted thin, long-sleeved shirts (okay, that is the second time in this post I've said that. Weird.). Nike, Borders, Eugene Running Company, Old Navy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's and Lady Footlocker (where I got my official half top and saw an ad for the Princess!) were all good to us!  I counted twenty articles of clothing, 1 water bottle, 1 Prefontaine necklace (YES!!!!) and 1 new color of MAC eye shadow.

Let's dissect this a bit. 20 articles = 1 long sweater jacket thing + 5 thongs + 1 running skirt + 4 regular shirts for vacay + 2 black short sleeve running shirts + 1 black tank for the 1/2 +  1 green tank for the Shamrock + 2 Nike tanks just because + gray capri leggings + 2 tank top undershirts.  The theme here seems to be .... I loaded up on running clothes! Best part? I had $100 in gift cards to Macy's. Score!! 

And we bought bread at the Metropol Bakery. Sooooo good!! Nummy Nummy Nummy in my tummy tummy tummy. I did some carbo loading tonight. Just because!

Is there a table under all of that??


  1. I want to seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all your new clothes!

  2. Congrats on the super-speedy pace! That is awesome!

  3. MAC cosmetics are great!

  4. You should not be suprised with your pace. You are working hard. Just wait and see how hills incorporated into your runs benefit your overall pace.

  5. Sounds like you got some good stuff. I guess we get to see it when you wear it.

  6. Thongs for running!!!! Damn!

  7. Shopping w/ mom - YAY! Sounds like you got lots of great stuff!!


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