Distance: ~5.47 miles
Rate: 11:21 per mile
Did you miss me?
Yes, I’ve been out an entire week! I would’ve been a bit more scared about starting up again if I didn’t think I could handle slipping back into the rhythm again, but I knew it wouldn’t be a problem.
So what happened? Well, just over a week ago, our AC failed. If you’re in any other part of the country, this is probably not a big deal. You may, in fact, forget to repair it until the temps swell in May or June. Not in Phoenix, oh no. If your AC dies shy of November here, you better get used to sleeping in 90F heat, because that’s what I did. Oh yes. So, I lost sleep. I lost a lot of sleep. The first “night”, I woke up with the sorest throat. I thought it was just a bad case of dehydration, but it turned out to be a summer cold that waited until the first day of fall to kick my butt. And so it did!
So between those two things and a nasty trailing case of nasal congestion, I was out of running for a while! But today was the day I’d return. Since the SeeYas I’d been using for casual wear finally bit the big one, it came time to shift the hierarchy down, so these became the new runners:
I got these off a summer sale a few months ago, but the laces really pissed me off. I didn’t even want to bother with them, but they were only $40, so why the hell not? I was losing money not buying them. They’re fine, though. I prefer the big Lugz-style strap on my Vibrams, but I don’t need to do any super-elaborate tying here.
So I was on my way on a short five miler and I’ve set myself up for a ten mile long run on Thursday. I was fast out of the gate and boy was I super excited to get running off the launchpad again. No nerves, just sweet release. RunKeeper decided to crash out entirely a mere thirty-three seconds into my run, so I had to start over, but I caught it early enough that it didn’t cause me much of an issue. I’ll need to reboot my phone ahead of the long run.
Conditions were ideal. It was a cool 65F when I started, warming to 70F when I finished. Between how crisp my legs felt and the cool air, it actually felt like I was running back in Colorado again. The run went smooth, however, I stabbed the ball of my left foot on rocks several times, which made for some owee-booboo time on the exit mile.
Good run! Great to be back in it in the four weeks leading up to my next Half! I’m super tempted to switch my sleep schedule back to afternoons again so I can get stuff done. I miss it.
See you on Thursday!