At the beginning of the month I made it a goal to run 100 miles in December.
Last Wednesday, the 26th, I added them up...
(I write them down in my planner).
(31 - 26 +1 = 6... counting days, always add 1!... discrete math lesson for ya)
That meant I needed to do 5 miles a day.
That day I was feeling great & got busy on the treadmill at work .
I decided to do an extra mile for a cushion.
Thursday I finally got the chance to run with my new watch!
I set my minimum time as 10:15.
It buzzes and tells me when I am "On pace" and "Ahead of Pace".
And probably "Behind Pace" but I am too competitive to let it ever actually say that!
I definitely worked a little harder to keep it saying "Ahead of Pace".
Friday I did 4.75 miles on the Al Foster Trail.
I had an average time of 9:52 per minute, but the run just sucked.
I did not eat breakfast before I went and was starving.
The entire run I was trying to tell myself it was OK to walk some...
I never did...
Had to stay ahead of pace!
Friday night & Saturday morning brought some snow...
Most of the ladies in my running group decided to stay in bed rather than meet up for our 7 am weekend run.
I was way too excited to get out there in the snow!
I had been looking forward to it for a while.
And it did not disappoint!
It was a GORGEOUS 4 mile run with my neighbor friend Jennifer around Route 66 State Park!
Seriously! I loved it!
I would run in the snow every day!
I have been contemplating getting new shoes for a bit now...
The other day I finally flipped my shoes over to check out the wear on them and it was decided...
There pretty much was zero tread!
As in the parts where my foot touches, (balls of my feet, toes, heel) were completely smooth.
I was even missing part of my left heel!
So I decided I wanted to head to Big River Running to get a pair since its a local company, was ranked one of the top 4 running stores in the country, and is owned by a fellow Summit grad who's dad was my basketball and soccer coach growing up.
I had Emily with me because Brian said I could only head out shopping if I took a child with me...
I walked in...
An employee looked at me a few times but never said a single thing to me.
I waited for him to ask "Can I help you with something?"
Another girl walked in.
He walked right up to her and asked the question I had been waiting for...
And then proceeded to help her!
I just stood there holding Em.
Looking at the other employee and couple that was in the store to see if they saw what just happened...
And then I left.
Was it because I was holding a child!?
I was bummed!
So I took my business to Fleet Feet.
I walked in and took my number.
I was 21.
The sign said they were on 15.
I was a little bummed, but with the 8 employees in the store I figured it would probably go fast.
I started to check out the belts and water bottles and a girl walked right up to me and asked if I needed help!
I thought she might not be a shoe person so I told her my thoughts on the belts, and that I wanted shoes.
She helped me with it all... 10 seconds after I walked in the store!
I was happy!
And even happier when I walked out of the store with my purchases!
Mizuno Wave Riders 16s.
And a Spibelt to hold my keys & phone when I wear something that does not have pockets.
I love my purchases even more after my run this morning in my new shoes!
And ended my 4.5 mile run with a 9:05 pace!
These shoes make me so much faster!
I felt great too!
The goal to run the half in 2 hours is totally do able if I can keep that up!
So here I am...
1 day left in December.
Just under 6 miles to go to make my 100 mile goal!
I cannot wait to head out on a long lunch time run!
Oh and the forecast is calling for SNOW!!
What a great way to end 2012!