What an interesting week it has been! With Pensacola being stuck in the middle of Snowpacolypse I'm thrilled I was able to stick with my 3x a week running schedule. Tuesday's run was a bit gloomy (right before the storm came through) and extremely chilly but I busted out a few quick miles while sporting my favorite Ninja runner gear. I amped up my strength workouts and did two of my most challenging one's on Monday and Wednesday. Real talk: I'm getting bored of working out at home. After 4 years it was bound to happen. I'm starting to look into local gyms that offer the best group fitness classes. So far I like the YMCA (but it's so old and hot) and Omni (pricey and requires a contract.) With all my grandiose travel wishes for this year it's hard for me to justify a gym membership, but staying active is a priority for me and I'm not sure what else I could do to reignite my workout mojo!Schools were closed Tues-Thurs this week so I only taught on Monday. #TeacherSelfie Earlier in the week I received some new teas to try from Traditional Medicinals. I've been drinking their roasted dandelion tea for months now (and got my Mom hooked on it!) so I was excited to try their two new dandelion varieties. I love the taste of the roasted Dandelion tea and these two new one's were just as good. I'm also a fan of using dandelion as a natural aide in detoxing (it acts as a diuretic.) I haven't tried a tea yet from Traditional Medicinals that I didn't immediately love. I swear their Throat Coat is THE BEST thing you can possible due for yourself if you have a sore throat. It always makes my throat feel infinitely better immediately.
Tuesday afternoon I made it to Walmart for my contact lens appointment before the snowpacolypse hit. My vision has been pretty steady at a -4 for years (with the left eye being just a bit worse.) I was pleasantly surprised to see my prescription improved a bit! I technically tested at a -3.5 but the doc wanted me to go with -3.75. Apparently it's not unusual for vision to 'normalize' a bit after your 20's. As for the weather itself. It sucked. At first I couldn't comprehend why our county declared a state of emergency and basically shut down for 3 days. I just couldn't believe a little bit of snow was worth all that. Then I realized that it was the ice that had everyone freaked out, and rightfully so. When I woke up Wednesday morning there was a 1-2" layer of ice covering almost every surface. I walked outside, and almost slipped and fell. I went out for a run 2 days later and immediately slipped. I got in my car to drive for the first time in 3 days and hydroplaned on the road within the first 2 minutes. Scary shit! All of the bridges were shut down, trains derailed off the track, cars got stuck all over town, 10,000 people lost power - it was crazy. I'm so glad I had power the whole time and aside from going a little stir crazy was able to get a lot of work done from home and enjoyed massive amount of netflix.I planned to go for a short, slow run on Thursday since I have the Double Bridge Run this weekend. When I got going it ended up feeling so great being outside that I did 6 miles and just under an 11 minute pace. I had to turn around on a couple of roads that were iced over still, but it was fun to see part of the snowpacolypse! As for the race Saturday I'm not sure how I'm going to approach it. I have a hot date that night with a lady friend so I don't want to be exhausted, but I also want to try to beat my time from last year. It's a 15k and I finished it in 1:37 (10:24 pace.) I think I could realistically run it at a fairly easy effort at 10:15 so that's what I'll likely try to stick with.
What are you doing this weekend?
Do you ever run a race for fun and not for time?