Hi everyone – I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was filled with running productivity and some Texas fun. I’m hopeful the relaxed but productive weekend will leave me refreshed for running and school this week – we’ll see!
Saturday’s Long Run – So, I’m feeling behind (because I truly am) on my weekend long runs but made the wise decision to not try to make up a handful of missed double-digit runs all in one weekend. I’d like to stay injury free in these last six weeks. So I modified my fourteen miler into a ten miler and will plan on doing a twelve, fourteen and fifteen still before December 1st. The beauty with fall weather is that I don’t have to rush out the door to beat the heat so Saturday morning I rolled around in bed for a bit before I forced myself up by 8.
I planned on running the Red River and Shoal Creek 10 mile loop but ran into my friend Tiffany and her husband Brandon on the trail when I was only .5 mile in. They said they were going 8 miles so I just stayed with them until they were done and then finished my last few miles. It was nice to have company. We kept a pretty steady sub-9 minute pace, hitting sub-8:30 every now and then. Tiff and I got a little nerdy sometimes reviewing our school work and talking about which energy systems were being used in our bodies…..
The self-inflicted running injuries continue – we were running
so fast around a corner that I missed seeing the wall of this construction tunnel and I went straight into it with my right forearm. I’m so glad it wasn’t one of my knees, I can handle arm injuries. The bruise compliments the carpal tunnel in my wrists quite nicely. We grabbed brunch at Whole Foods after which made the ten miles so worth it – over which we discussed running the Austin Marathon. That’s right – the FULL marathon. Someone tell me no!
Texas v. Baylor
UT had some redeeming to do after last week’s disgraceful game against OU. After a HUGE post-run nap I met my friends for some tailgating, a chili cookoff and football. This week I joined the LBJ Public Policy tailgate and partied with the future leaders of America. I wanted to make sure to make it early to the football game to see all the pre-game rituals. Texas sure knows how to do football right.
And finally you get to see proof that I’ve made some friends! Or at least got some people to pose in a picture with me 🙂
Lauren and I suffer through a really tough systems physiology class together and because of the difficulty of the class we spend A LOT of time together. Good thing I like her.
Tiffany is in my Nutrition and Exercise Lab class and is putting on the pressure to do the Livestrong Marathon. We might not be friends much longer.
That’s Jeff on the right – he loves to mountain bike and two step. Which you’ll get to hear more about later this week!
SIX WEEKS TO ST. JUDE MEMPHIS HALF-MARATHON!
I’m thinking I can get some decent miles in this week in the following format:
Monday: 5-6 around the neighborhood
Tuesday: 7 miler Taco route
Wednesday: VO2 max test
Friday: Easy miles
Sunday: Distance Challenge Race #2 – Run for the Water 10 Miler (+2 extra miles)
Happy Sunday 🙂