First long run in ages, new-decor, and motivation

Over the weekend, I had a 1:45hr long run on tap. This was the longest run I’ve done since, I dunno, last winter when I was training for CIM(?). Anyhoo, it had been a while since I’ve run that kind of distance and I was a little nervous about it.

It took the first hour for my legs to finally warm up and for me to settle into a comfortable pace. And then everything started to feel good.

The cool part about the run, was the the USA Pro Challenge was going through Boulder that day, and the city streets were alive with cyclists everywhere, families having BBQs on their front lawns, townies and tourists all over the place. I’ve never seen so many active people outside, riding around town. It was really motivating.

I love that for this half marathon training cycle, we’re training by TIME, not distance. It frees me from worrying about pace and mile splits, and let’s me just enjoy the run for what it’s worth. It’s liberating to just ‘run how you feel’ and that be all you need to do. I’m really lovin’ it. 

We finished the 1:45, and came home to lots of kisses from this sweetheart.

Cabo loves running with us, but she only gets to come with us twice a week, so she stayed at home for this long run.

I decided to take Sunday off running, since I’ve been ramping up my mileage lately and rest is just as important. So I spent Sunday cleaning the whole apartment, cooking, spending a week’s allowance for groceries at Michael’s, scrapbooking, and redecorating the bedroom. It was a productive day, indeed.

With all the late night scrapbooking, I was thiiiiiiiiiis close to hitting snooze this morning, but I turned to twitter and facebook to wake me up (as usual). Then I came across my old coach’s status:

Coach D rocks, and once again her positive attitude motivated me to get my running shoes on and hit the trails. Thanks, Coach!

How was your weekend (long) run?
If you run with your dog(s), how often do they join you?
Do you like scrapbooking? 

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8 thoughts on “First long run in ages, new-decor, and motivation

  1. My long runs are on Tuesdays now because I don’t have class. Frees things up. I did do a 6 mile hilly trail run with the dogs yesterday. Speaking of which, on a leash in town one pup never goes more than 3 and the other 5. Out on the trails, off leash, we keep it under 10. My older dog has arthritis from years of running her strenuously and I am trying to not do the same with this new dog. But, they are both super high energy. I never take them on runs that I am worrying about time, because they slow me down and give me awful running posture.

    • I love running with Cabo more than anything (and she’s also super high energy), but it’s good to know I’m not the only one whose dog slows them down out there :) Nice work on your hilly trail run yesterday! Thanks for sharing how much you run with your pups, it’s good to know what other dog owners do, too!

  2. I love training that is time based instead of distance based. I had never experienced it until I started training for an ultra. I love to see that I’m suppose to run 2 hours or 4 hours as opposed to 28 miles! It just seems so much calmer!

    I used to run with my dog when he was a puppy. He’s an English Mastiff, however, and they don’t run. Once he was about 80 pounds he let me know I was free to leave without him. :) He’s 200 pounds now and just waits for me to return so he can shower me with kisses.

    • Wowza your sweetie is a BIG pup! I loooooove mastiffs (hell, I love all dogs). I agree with you about the mental aspect of how much calmer/simpler it seems to run based on time, instead of distance.

  3. I really like running for time vs miles too. Somehow mentally it just feels easier. You probably don’t have this problem, but I also just am more impressed with myself when I’m like “I ran for an hour!” rather than “I ran almost 5 miles!” Given my pace, the time is usually more impressive than the mileage. :)

  4. Great job on the long run. And the decor–looks great! I really like training by time, too. I do a mixture of both.

  5. I started running for time instead of distance too! I decided my week night runs are just going to be about enjoying my runs. No pressure.

    I love when you can turn to twitter or facebook for motivation to get out the door!

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