It’s been a crazy few days, and the hot week we had in Phoenix hasn’t helped at all. Seriously, it’s November and we’re still seeing 90°+ days? I was ready for summer to be over in September, but it’s still beating us down.
But enough bitching about the weather.
I did my week three short runs this week on Monday evening and Wednesday morning. Both were four miles and uneventful. Just the usual run out to the park, around the lake and back home. I was supposed to do a seven mile long run on Friday. I woke up too late to do it before work, so I figured I’d do it in the late evening. I ate too much for dinner, though, and even though I waited 2-1/2 hours before my run, I got sick about 2.5 miles into it and called for a ride home. The upside to that run was that I found $30 in cash on the ground.
I thought about making another attempt at the seven miler on Saturday, but my knee was feeling sore and I had the Phoenix 10K the next day, so I decided it would be more prudent to take the day off. This puts me behind on the training schedule, but I think I can make it up; I’m supposed to be doing ten mile long runs by December. Once I reach that point, I think I’m within striking distance of the half-marathon goal.
The shoes that I won finally showed up on Friday. Nike Air Pegasus+. They’re pretty cool shoes, and I’ll probably try them out in about 100-200 miles. I over-pronate, though, which means that I need stability shoes, and the Pegasus (Pegasi?) are just cushioning shoes for normal pronators. I’ve been working on my stride, though, and they may work out. We’ll see.
I took a few minutes to ice my knee in the shade and savor the sanctification of finishing. It wasn’t my best performance, and I was frustrated with the knee forcing me to walk for about a fourth of the distance, but I still finished, and finished ahead of almost 660 other runners. On the off chance that any of the hundreds of people that worked to make this event a success are reading my blog, I want to wish you a hearty thanks.
Now I need to get caught up with my half-marathon training. This week is 4/5/7, and I absolutely have to get that seven miler done on Friday morning due to weekend plans. I’m planning to do a slow four mile jog this evening to work out the kink in my knee; hopefully some even ground will help.
Last of all, I’m getting frustrated with the limited featureset on blogspot and I’m thinking of moving my blog over to WordPress.