Yesterday evening my daughter had a pasta dinner, which is always messy, but she provided this golden moment:
Afterwards we went out to Lickity Split, my wife got frozen custard and I got a piece of carrot cake. My tot was enjoying it, until a girl and her mother sat in the table next to us and our tot gave them a dirty look (the photo does not do it justice):
She was even able to ask for more ice cream while holding this mean face.
--Last night I decided to change up my morning routine for the harder runs. I get frustrated by not having my normal legs/speed for the pre 5am runs. So I told myself to wake up 30 minutes early to get a cup of coffee in me and have a little extra time to get my body ready. (See 4am..)
I also watched some clips to my favorite gun kata movie staring Christian Bale, Equilibrium (any fans?). I took this clip as my mindset for my pace run today.
Last week was a hilly and somewhat stomach plagued run due to copious amounts of junk food and BBQ. And week before that, I was a bit on the slow side. So I wanted this run. I'm coming for you...
Wake up 4am, feel good. Get coffee and chill for a bit. It does its job, if you know what I'm saying.
Actually put on a shirt today as it was below 65, which is winter compared to the last week. In case you missed my last post about preventing nipple chafing, especially for guys that don't shave their chests, liquid bandage and add waterproof medical tape before it hardens. That tape is sticking to you like a stage 5 clinger. Only down side is getting used to taking that tape off, but maybe you're into that (freak!) And peeling off liquid skin from hair is a fun game too. Don't forget to take it off (even sticks in shower). I left it on by mistake and went to work once, and when I didn't realize it until I was in the locker room at the gym... Woops.
Anyways, marathon pace run today. 1.5 mile warm up, 6 pace (tempo if you follow Hanson terms) , 1.5 cool down. GPS didn't connect until half a mile in, which is also the start point of the path, so I was able to see how close my GPS was to path measurements today. When I stopped to take a photo of pre-sunset, I saw my GPS was ready.
The path was very lightly populated today, which I can only assume is because a lot of people did the Bastille Day race, including a lot of the blogging community! I was going to try to link them all based on photo's I've seen, but I would still be missing some I'm sure.
The flip side to the lightly populated run, was that everyone seemed extra friendly. I even got hellos/waves in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and from people on bikes! woah.
Now for the run stats for anyone that cares. My goal was to hover around 7 minute miles, but I ended up going a bit faster. I tried to slow it down time to time, but I always felt I was going to slow. The only time my GPS seemed off was at mile 3, when it took about an extra 10 seconds after passing the 3 mile marker, then my times were about right.
Easy run tomorrow. I need to start checking which bloggers will be out on the path Saturday and Sunday morning for side fives! Post if you will so I can look for you!
Thought of the day: Have you ever thought what you'd look like if you spend as much time in the weight room as you did running? We'd be beasts.
Have a great day!