Today’s run was AWESOME! I wasn’t sure what to expect because Monday’s run was not-so-great. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the weather either–so I dressed for everything. Hat and longer sleeves in case it rained. Sunglasses if it was sunny.
Today there were no aches and pains and I was fast! I ran the loop and also incorporated some speed-work as I went. I wasn’t focusing on speed-work by any means but I did a few sets of intervals (running as fast as I can). It felt really good!
Usually when I run the loop (whichever direction I start), I gauge my “good run time” by what time I reach either the Hawthorne or Steel Bridge. I strive to get there by 22 minutes at the slowest. Either of the bridges mark the 3/4 mark or so of the entire loop. Today, I got there at 20 minutes!
20:39 to be exact! That’s when I did about 3/4 of the loop. I paused just before the Steel Bridge to take a picture and I decided to go the “long way” by running up the stairs and running across the TOP of the Steel Bridge instead of staying on the lower pedestrian path.
The picture isn’t great, but imagine me starting at the very bottom and running up all those stairs to the left of the photo. That’s what I did!
Luckily it did not rain at all during my lunch time run. I was happy! I ran down the other side of the bridge and back to the waterfront. My time was still pretty great. I ran that extra 1/4 of a mile or so of the waterfront and then headed back to the office. I have no official number for how many miles I did and that bugs me. I think I need to move “Buy a Garmin” to the top of my To Do List!!
Today was also the first day in a long time where I was BUMMED that I had to go back to the office. My legs wanted to keep running! I had so much energy! I wanted to just keep going. But alas, I headed back.
I got back to the office and stupidly decided to run up the stairs to the locker room instead of taking the elevator as I usually do. 7 floors later…..
My calories burned were AWESOME today! I was shocked when I saw my number:
Calories Burned: 505
Nike+ Pace: 9’17”
QUESTION: How do you mix up your runs to keep them interesting?