Today I ran at lunch time--5.26K or almost 3.3 miles. Six months ago I couldn't have run that distance, let alone done it at lunchtime and come back to work for the afternoon. Best of all it was comfortable, nothing hurt, unless the hill was steep my breathing wasn't labored, and I averaged a little over 11 minutes/mile. I know all those numbers because I bought one of the Nike+ iPod sensors and it keeps track for me. The thing is too darned cool, today Lance Armstrong came on to congratulate me on my longest run to date. I don't do Nike running shoes so I sewed a piece of elastic to the tongue of my shoe under where the laces start. It works perfectly to keep it in place, my only worry is a big rainstorm and face it, I don't mind running but I do mind being icky wet.
My first Tri is in 16 days, I feel ready on some fronts but after bonking on a trial run last Sunday my confidence in my hill climbing ability is a little shaken. I also broke a cardinal rule in not fueling well enough before the ride/run so the effort on that hill also made me a little sick and it took the rest of the ride and a package of Jelly Belly Sport Beans to be convinced I would live. I was sure there was no way I was going to be able to run. I told Esmerelda that I probably wouldn't run the whole 5K. Much to my surprise after getting going the run was OK, I walked a little up the first hill and the last 100 meters uphill to the parking lot. A total time of 38 minutes, which considering how bad I felt 30 minutes before was stellar. We followed up the brick with a trip to the Outlets and did some serious retail therapy. Mostly work out stuff but also the chance to spend my Christmas gift card from Coach for a cute baby blue purse and fun printed wallet. All in all a perfect day, hard workout and then shopping and hanging out with Esmerelda--it had been a long time since we had more time than a hurried lunch in Subway to catch up. HUGE props to Gman for playing babysitter for the WHOLE day!
At my weigh-in today I lost another 2 pounds to put me at a total of 20.6 pounds in 8 weeks. I am closing in on 10%!