Yesterday I set a personal distance record (PDR) on a treadmill. 17.3 miles. Ok, ok, my previous PDR on a TM was 17 miles and I only beat it by .3 miles. But HEY, I’ll take any victory even if it is a small one! I have decided to reward myself with an adorbsy Ryan Gosling
WILL RUN FOR RYAN GOSLING
Garret Hedlund (do you know him? He’s in Country Strong and sings all his own music. SWOON)
Despite the fact that my knees have been bothering me since the OrthoCarolina 10k (those damn DOWNhills!) the run went surprisingly well! The first 4 miles sucked as usual. But then I loosened up and really got into a groove.
This may seem a bit creepy, but I kept thinking about a comment that Jessie left me the day before. I told myself, “Jessie says it’ll be over before I know it” And it was!!!!!! It’s so much easier hitting my running goals when I have so many great blogging buddies to be inspired by (like Melissa, Chelsea, Alex, and Lish just to name a few. They always kill it on their runs!)
I actually don’t really mind running on the TM. I’d rather be outside but it is like a SWAMP here, seriously. It’s supposed to cool down a bit next week so I’ll be back to my mountain trail but until then, it’s my favorite treadmill. I don’t know what I’ll do when I graduate and have to leave it. I am considering offering the University money to buy it so I can take it with me. It’s not much to look at, but I’ve logged hundreds and hundreds of miles on it. My best running buddy
And I just feel relieved that the run is over and I surpassed my mileage goal (thought I’d only run 16miles) because I have that dang 20 mile training race coming up. I call it a “training race” because that’s really what it is. The Marathon Charity Cooporation decided to put together this Revenge of the Penguins 10 and 20 miler for everyone training for a fall half or full marathon. It’s supposed to be just like a training run with aid stations and I’ll take any help I can get! Plus, I get an embroidered jacket for signing up. SWEET!
Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, I added a few more races to the calendar on the right-hand side of the page (all of these races are of course building up to the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28!) The Virginia 10 miler on September 29th in Lynchburg (remember how I said there weren’t enough 10 milers???? Yea, I had to jump on this one)
And the Henry Vilas Zoo 10k Run in Madison WI on Septmeber 23. That is a tentative race for me. I’m just going to have to see how I feel after partying all weekend long in Madison, where I went to college. I LOVE the Henry Vilas Zoo there though. It’s free to the public and they have great exhibits…even an Ape house!!!! So I would obviously love to support them. Oh, and it says if you dress up as your favorite animal you could win a prize. I am SO on that!!!
Anyways back to my run yesterday. After the run I knew that an ice bath was a must. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken one (here’s where I outline my ice bath routine) mostly because–and this is so strange so please tell me if you have the same problem–the “cold” water that comes out of the tap isn’t truly cold right now. It needs to be really cold so that the ice doesn’t melt right away. I think it is because it’s summer but I’m not sure why. I never had a problem all last winter…so…what the hell is going on???! I just want COLD water from my tap dammit, LOL.
Oh and I got to check out the latest edition of Runner’s World. Whenever this comes I get super excited.
I know I look like a hot mess in the above picture, but hey…
OK and the bf is going to KILL me for this. I will probably have to take it down soon, but I had to post it. After I got out of the ice bath, he had dinner waiting per my request: A footlong Subway sub and some mac and cheese. With a muscly beefcake on the side Does life get any better than this? I think not.
What is your treadmill PDR?
And it’s time to call it out. Who in the blogging world gives you the biggest motivation to run/exercise/train?