The *only* time I've really ran with someone and we purposefully ran together and stayed together for the whole race (with limited walking at water stops and such) was during the KY Derby Half Marathon in 2014. It was my very first half and I ran it with a friend. We had never ever ran together before so I had no idea what to expect. But we stayed together and finished together and it was fun.
So yesterday morning (Saturday) it was kind of sort of misty outside, but it was a cooler temperature and overcast - perfect running weather. I didn't *want* to run as I had done a brief 2 miles on Friday after lunch and I was just tired. I thought about taking the day off. My husband was talking some nonsense about going to the gym. What?! He's a new runner and I think he hasn't quite figured out what *good* running weather is. I said if you run here at home, I'll run with you. Can we stick together? My husband runs a pace around 10:00 - 10:15 I would say, but I also think he's still finding his pace as he's only been running consistently since January. My current pace seems to be around 11:15, maybe 11:00 if I'm having a good run. Could we meet in the middle? And if so for how long? I told my husband that it's good for him to do a run at an easy pace once and a while.
So off we went and I didn't want to run any mile (or much of any distance) faster than 10:30 cause I knew I couldn't hold it long. We planned 4 miles and so I needed to find a rhythm and stay there. The first mile was easy. The second wasn't all that bad either. I thought "if we can make it to the halfway point and still be together I'll be impressed". We turned around at mile 2. I hadn't eaten anything that morning but I had a pack of Gu with me. I didn't take it and that was a bit of a mistake. I did take it around 2.5 and that was a bit late. I was starting to struggle and when mile 3 hit I was pondering walking and let my husband run off a head of me. But I pushed through. At 3.5 we turned the corner to home and I was groaning. My husband told me I could do this! I stayed strong and we finished 4 miles together!
They say the best way to increase your pace is to run with someone faster than you. :) It sure does help. I told my husband I'd like to do it again on a regular basis, provided this wasn't a fluke. Next time I won't run 2 miles the day before.
We got home right as fedex was delivering my Advocare order. I truly believe that Advocare has really improved our health and our life. My husband is the smallest he's been since I've known him and probably the smallest he's been in his adult life. I love the products so much!
Notice our matching headbands? We got them last weekend when we were in Springfield at Scheel's. They are Junk brand headbands. Technically both are unisex. But mine is stretchy and his ties in the back. My husband sweats buckets easily so I think he's learned that headbands are amazing for keeping sweat out of your eyes.
So 10:41 pace! That's pretty good for me for 4 miles. I was running well last summer before I got sick and I hope to get back to that again. It was fun to run with someone else the *entire* time. However, I can't talk and run. They say you should be able to but there's just no way. No matter how slow I run, my breathing sucks and I sound like I'm in respiratory distress. I can never hold a conversation. Just not possible. I think it would be fun to run and chat, but right now I'll just take running with someone else. It made the time fly by!
I was in a workweek hustle this week and I kicked some butt! I'm really not sure how because I have a desk job and it takes effort to reach 10k steps a day. So I'm really not sure how I slammed this one, but I did. Yet another reason I was tired yesterday and wanted to have a day off. Maybe today will be that day. It's hard for me to convince myself to take a rest day. Especially on a weekend. It's different if I've been at work all day.
I can't stop taking photos of Doughnut the barn kitty. She's so pretty but she's not all that nice. She's a typical female that only likes you when she wants to like you. She purrs so loudly but then will just randomly squeal and bite you. I guess I should be glad she's not super friendly cause I'd be cuddling her all the time and I wouldn't get anything done at the barn.