Good riddance September. Don’t let a cold front hit you in the ass. Wait, actually DO let a cold front hit you in the ass, please. Preferably before I attempt to “run” nine miles tomorrow morning.
Yesterday while the boys were in karate I squeezed in 3.5 miles. It was a total run/walk. Running at the hottest part of the day is stupid, but it was my only option. Still, my average pace was around 13 minutes/mile even with the walking, so I’m okay with that. The stats will be on my “Still Running” page. Here is the crazy Garmin map:
I did both of those closed loops twice. You can sort of tell where I ran the same stretch of road twice. I don’t know why I like these nonsensical, no-info maps, but I do. Usually I am surprised at how my run looks graphically.
I have been enjoying running to music mixes that I downloaded from RockMyRun.com. Have I mentioned them before on the blog? I don’t know, but I know I have mentioned them to my IRunMommies on Facebook. Anyway, the site is in Beta right now so all the downloads are free (and legal). Check it out!
As we were driving to pick up the pizza I asked the boys how far they thought I ran. Mack guessed 8 miles. Since their class is only 45 minutes long I asked him if he thought I was an Olympic runner. He said yes. He said that I swim and bike and run and that sounds like an Olympic athlete to him. Love my little sweet potato.
Chad went straight to his pool league from work last night, the boys had pizza, I had a made-up thrown-together dinner (see my “I Eat” page), and we watched The Biggest Loser on Tivo. I do have a huge crush on Jillian Michaels, but I am enjoying this new season even without her. I’m not super into it like I used to be, but Cal really likes to watch it and Mack likes the challenges. It’s funny how they get to know the contestants names. I think they have good contestants this season.
Speaking of television, I’m excited for the new season of Dexter! Also, I’m very interested to see Claire Danes in Homeland. I can’t see her in anything without imagining what five more seasons of My So Called Life would have been like….that poor, wonderful, short-lived show.
After the boys went to bed last night I participated in a webinar hosted by the amazing Katy Widrick who is the founder of the #fitblog chats on Twitter. The subject of the webinar was “Dealing with Negativity in Blogging”. It was based on a presentation given at the Healthy Living Summit (a healthy living blogger conference). Although I haven’t had to deal with much negativity regarding my blog (never had a negative comment…yet), now I feel better prepared to deal with it when it happens. Also, I enjoyed the discussion about how to deal with real life negativity about blogging, such as people just not understanding why you take pictures of all your food or why you have to share the minutia of your daily life. I have dealt with some of that, but not too much. Anyway, I enjoyed the webinar.
This morning I walked the boys to school and I have to say that it was maybe two degrees less hot (I can’t say “cooler” because it was still hot) and just slightly less humid. Chad remarked when hugging me after I got home that I was less sweaty than usual. Nice.
After my huge breakfast I biked to the gym. This is me passing the huge, empty, fenced field that used to be Riviera Middle School. I think it’s crazy that the school board has let it just sit vacant for several years. It seems like they could either utilize it or sell it to benefit the Pinellas County school system.
I actually bought two of the light that is above the Body Glide, one for me and one for Chad. We had one similar to that and somehow Tuesday night I managed to lose the plastic cover on it while running downtown. I know that doesn’t look like $50 worth of stuff, but I guess it sort of looks like $25 worth. I know Chad will tell me I could have gotten the lights for cheaper on Amazon, but I wanted them to run tomorrow morning. Plus they were all basically half price since I had the Groupon.
After biking home I showered, ate lunch, watched The Rachel Zoe Project (guilty pleasure? Love her.) then went to pick up the boys from school. This evening is soccer then we are going out for a late dinner with our friends Sewer and Amy who are visiting from Maine. Fill you in on all that, plus whether or not I managed to do 9 miles starting at 5:30 in the morning tomorrow.