Initially, I was going to run my 6-mile long run with my friend Joan. But when I woke up this morning and saw that it was 22 degrees out, that plan got scrapped pretty fast. I will be the first one to admit it, I do not like running in extreme temps. You may laugh, but 22 degrees qualifies as an extreme temperature to me. As does 88 degrees. Basically, I’ll run outside if it’s between 40 and 80 degrees. Since I live in Atlanta, this is a good chunk of the winter, spring and fall months so it’s not that unreasonable. I think I need more cold weather running gear. All I have is a warmish shirt and Nike running tights. It just seems silly because our winter here is so short, but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have some clothes so I wouldn’t be forced to take it to the ‘mill.
I normally like to get my run over with in the morning so I’ll have the rest of the day to relax. However, because of the impending snow storm (which has since been downgraded to 2-4 inches), I knew that Jason would be at work for a long time and I wouldn’t get to see him so I wanted to stick around the house and hang out with him before he left for work.
It’s totally normal to bring a pillow and an overnight bag to work, right? He works in news, by the way.
Somehow, and this tends to happen to me, I started to read a book in bed and the next thing I knew, it was 3:30 pm. Umm, oops? I had to walk the Murphster and then I set out for LA Fitness. I can handle six miles on the treadmill. It’s about my maximum distance before I lose my mind. I’ve done eight before, but six is really as much as I want to ever do inside.
I do have some treadmill tricks for making the miles go by quicker. One is that I do a 9:1 run/walk ratio. I run for nine minutes and then walk for one. It makes the run go by so much faster when you think, “Oh, I only have to run 5 more minutes before I get a break.” rather than, “I have to run 45 more minutes!” What’s interesting is that while I do this all the time on the treadmill, I really never do it outside or in races.
My second trick is to hop off and switch treadmills mid-run. Seriously, it makes it lot more manageable when you think of the run as three miles and then another three miles.
I also put a bunch of new music on my ipod that my friend Mariam gave me. It was fun to hear new stuff although I’ve learned that Bat For Lashes, which my ipod kept playing, is NOT good running music.
Some people think that running allows them to eat crappy after. I do not agree. While I won’t say that I haven’t had pizza after a long run or race, I really do feel like eating healthy after a run adds to the feeling that I’ve done something good for myself.
So I made dinner. This was much better than the glorified version of bean dip that I ate last night. Real veggies!
This Warm Broccoli and Mushroom salad with Balsmaic Vinegrette with Toasted Israeli Couscous with Chickpeas and Tahini from the PDQ Vegetarian Cookbook. This cookbook is one of my favorites. It’s basically Sandra Lee style, using a lot of prepackaged ingredients. I know that real cooks may scoff at that, but, hey, it’s much better than eating McDonald’s right?
Come on snow, bring it.