Disappointed with the outcome of the game, we headed to the big dog park so JJ could run around with his BFF Norman. After walking around there for a mile+, I felt good enough to tackle the 5 miles I had on plan for the day.
The weather was typical Seattle spring - sunny and hot one moment, cold and gusty the next. I chickened out and wore my full-length Wunder Unders under my skirt. I'm thankful I did.
|Going for the 'Ninja' look|
The first two miles had a strong, COLD headwind that made me feel like I was going nowhere fast. Bleh! The wind was freezing, all of the radio stations I normally listen to were on commercial, the wind was drying out my gum...BLEHx3.
I hit Golden Gardens and turned to go up The Stairs. I've never been up them before, but heard they were nuts. They are basically a set of stairs built into the side of a cliff, and you gain 325ft of elevation, straight up. WHEEE.
The stairs kind of kicked my butt, but I managed to get up them relatively quickly. Running felt SO EASY after that! From there, it was a relatively straight shot down 30 city blocks, then left 5 city blocks, to end in front of Starbucks. (What? I wanted coffee when I planned this route.)
So yes. 5 miles done. I purposefully stayed SLOW the first two miles (12:10ish), then cranked out the second half of the run on 'autopilot' pace - which is apparently 11:15! WHAT?! That's right folks, for the first time ever, I ran on 'autopilot'. My mind was somewhere else completely, I didn't even think about running, and was shocked when I had to stop for a red light. I looked at the Garmin and - what the - a whole mile had gone by. WOOOOO!
|Why did I tell him to take pictures for the blog when I got home?|
|So thirsty, bringing the handheld next weekend.|
Excited for next week's 6 miles. There's a 5k that starts two blocks away from from my front door (literally), so I am going to do 3 miles before and run the 5k with my neighbors.