An awesome Tempo run and a haircut

Good morning.  I’m a little late with my post here due to the fact that I was cooking breakfast.

you're kidding right

No, really, I was.  And it was very good too, if I do say so myself, and I do.

Remember a week or two ago when I said I needed a new hairstyle?  Well thanks to my friend Nicole, I have one.

I love  it!  She even used the Tyme iron and styled it for me but as awesome as she is at cutting hair she’s an even better makeup artist.  I’m gonna have her do my makeup next.

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to style it myself because I’m not really good at that sort of thing on my own hair but I think I nailed it.

Tyme style

What do you think?  Did I nail it?

So, the new hairstyle was my big news for the weekend.  I also went to a few garage sales and worked on a project that I’m going to share with you later in the week.  The biggest news however was running.

I had a 10 mile mid-tempo run on my calendar for Saturday.  I’m not going to lie, I was worried.  I knew I could plow through 10 miles but I didn’t think I could hold a pace in the mid 9’s.

Saturday long run

I did it!  I was most proud of the fact that I kept a steady pace throughout the entire run because that’s what makes a tempo run so hard.

In a tempo run you have to run at a comfortably hard pace, or about 30 seconds slower than your race pace for the entire run.  Since my half marathon race pace is around 9 minutes a mile, I was shooting for a 10 mile run at a 9:30 pace and I finished with an average pace of 9:32.

Tempo runs help increase your lactate threshold but I love them because they help give me the confidence that I can hold a certain pace for a prolonged period of time and that confidence always comes in handy when race day comes!

After such an awesome run on Saturday, I took it easy on Sunday and ran 6 miles at a comfortable pace around the neighborhood.  I love feeling like I’m improving but what I’m really looking forward to is racing again….more on that soon.

Do you incorporate tempo runs into your training?

Do you have any races coming up?

When is the last time you changed your hairstyle?

WTF, it’s Wednesday already!

I think I woke up in another state.  It’s about 14 degrees cooler this morning than it was yesterday and the wind is blowing like crazy.  I’m not complaining mind you, it’s just that lately our weather has been a little bi-polar.

crazy weather

Running in the cooler weather is awesome but running when the wind is blowing and the pollen is falling, not so much. I did manage to plow out 6 miles this morning and I noticed at times I was running in the mid 8’s.  I didn’t get too excited about it though because I was technically doping.  The medication that I take for my allergies is most likely a banned substance.

I don’t think I have anything to worry about. No medals to lose here.

The cooler weather meant that Hank got to wear another track suit.

Hank track suit

I’m gonna be so sad when summer comes and he can’t wear those adorable clothes.  Do you know who probably won’t be sad?  Hank.

WTF, it’s Wednesday already!

Please accept my aPOLLENgies

Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  I love that trail and it’s one of the reasons I love coming down to Nokomis.  The trail is long too so you can pretty much train for anything without ever having to add another leg.  You just get on the trail and go.  It’s epic.

Not so much yesterday.  For one thing it was a bit humid and humidity and me are mortal enemies.  But the worst part was the pollen.  Oh my God, I have never seen so much pollen in my life!

pollen crazy

After running I came home and took the dogs for a quick walk but then I shut myself in the house until lunch when MacGyver and I went to meet his parents at the Cracker Barrel. Has anyone else noticed that all Cracker Barrel restaurants are freezing inside.  It could be a legit 100 degrees outside and a icy 32 inside the Cracker Barrel.

cracker barrel

After we left we came back to our house to install a few windows since MacGyver mysteriously got the permit to go through.

With the windows being out, even for only a short time and only in one room, the pollen saturated the air.  Within a half hour I had a dry cough and it would not go away.  By 10PM it was still there so I popped two benadryl because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I was able to sleep.

overslept

I didn’t wake up until 7:30 and I needed coffee bad.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cup under the Kuerig.  Fortunately we have one of those drip pan things under it and it almost got all of it.  The rest I had to soak up with a t shirt because I couldn’t find the paper towels.

benadryl haze

That’s why I’ve decided to take a day off today.  I walked the dogs and I even went for a bit of an extra walk with Hank, not because we wanted to but because I forgot where I was going and we ended up at the park.

I may be taking a long nap at lunch today.

Do you have allergies? 

Do you take anything for them?