Earlier in the week I'd peeked at my runs scheduled for this week on RunKeeper, When I saw the Sunday long run I was like "Pppffffttt. As IF". There's no way I'd run under 12:00 min/mile for 7 miles.
Sunday morning I set out on my run hoping that I'd just be able to finish 7 miles and I really wasn't too worried about the paces I'd hit/miss.
I went past my usual 2 mile pedestrian bridge turnaround. It's a little unsettling to venture out farther than you have before and into unknown neighborhoods!
Everything looked different on the other side of that pedestrian bridge. Like maybe I'd run through a worm-hole as I crossed under the bridge. Ha ha.
I was SO SURE that at the furthest point out, right as I was hitting the 3.5 mile mark and supposed to turnaround to head back, I'd take a super nasty fall and have to limp all the way back home.
Well, I stayed upright the entire run (thank the gods), but when you run in unfamiliar areas frustrating things DO tend to happen, like all of a sudden you'll turn a corner and discover you have no more sidewalk:
Thanks for nothing, City planners!
Actually, there's no way I can be mad about anything on this run, because shock of all shock, I actually did it! I ended up running 11:36 for a little over 7 miles! I'm BEYOND pleased with that! I think those pick-ups and tempo-whatevers may actually be worth the trouble!! Go me!!!
After the run, the Puff and I went to church and then stopped at the farmers market on the way home. We were able to hang out at the market for a little while since we get out of church a couple of hours before the rest of the family does. It was a gorgeous day!
At the farmer's market the Puff and I ended up winning the Big raffle prize for the hour! A giant box full of donations from each of the vendors. We got good stuff too! Can this day get any better??
Well, yes it can. After Sunday Linner I had time to whip up a batch of homemade yogurt which I am now enjoying as I type up this post.....with free strawberries from the market & a drizzle of honey (and homemade granola and some leftover pineapple).