This afternoon I needed to run 6 miles, including a cool down. I decided to just run the hood twice in a loop so that I could grab water at my house at the end of loop one. As I was trying to figure out how to get in a good 5 miles of running and a mile of walking I got a little distracted (by the math) and figured that if I added an extra half mile lap at the park I would only have to do a ½ mile cool down. I took note of my time after the first loop. I knew I was going to add on about 5 more minutes for the extra half mile for loop two, but when I looked at my watch I was suddenly going a lot slower. I felt like I was keeping the same pace though. V. confusing. I kept running.
I get home and walk the little bro down the street to church with the daschund. I figured this would be my cool down. When I got home I started figuring out how far I ran and it came to 6.22 miles! What?! Where did that extra mile come from? Add an extra .8 mi from the walk and I got in 7 miles today. Holla for an extra mile! The best part is these middle of the week longer runs will be part of my training from this point on and I was little nervous about them, but I felt great during this run, I held a great pace, and I kept it to about an hour. Therefore, the middle of the week long run is doable!
I also realized that when it gets dark, it gets DARK. I ran the last ½ mile in complete darkness, and I couldn’t even see the ground. I’m debating right now on getting the Brooks LED light, or getting a reflective vest, or a jacket with reflective strips on it. I have not found a jacket that has stellar reviews or has a lot of reflective-ness on it. A tiny reflective logo does not make a jacket reflective. So it’s down to the light or the vest. I need to decide in a few hours if I want to get the free shipping at Sports Authority.
However, the vests are not cute. I know cuteness < safety, but I feel like I would feel safer in a color that was not radioactive yellow. Like pink. Even steel grey. Or lilac. Lilac screams safety/don’t hit me with your vehicle.
Oh, and I decided that I will need to run with the headlamp. Have I told you I have one? Yes, I bought it about 5 years ago on a whim while standing in line at Wal-Mart. You know all that little random stuff they have there next to the magazines? I bought it to be funny, and I never thought about it again. A few weeks ago when I was looking for some stationary I found it, and it still works! It looks sort of like this:
Run: 6.22 + .8 cool down = 7 mi!