So, as indicated in my previous entry, I've resolved to get back to this running thing. Sunday morning, it was only a mile, and I figured I'd churn another couple of those out this week, and then bump it up to two. Originally, the plan was to run yesterday evening. But I was actually sore from Sunday!?! (In my defense, I did hike about three miles around South City carting a lawn chair in my efforts to cheer on the real runners, but still!) And yesterday's lunch, though quite yummy, left my stomach feeling a little on the not-so-good side. And, most importantly, I really wanted (needed!) to get a pedicure after work....
And the excuses are so very devious and determined to knock me off my game! So I decided to push back: I'd set my alarm for 5:30 this morning and get up and run then - ha! That'd show 'em! Or something. As I finally collapsed into bed after midnight, I had a fleeting thought that maybe an extra half hour of sleep was more desirable than a pre-dawn run, but I resisted the temptation to knock the alarm time back to 6:00. And wow did 5:30 come early!
Fortunately, I woke up in non-groggy mode, and was able to drag myself out of bed and into my running attire, finally making it out the door at 5:52. Not bad, but, seeing as I had to meet Jim & Riley in The Valley, at 6:30, it didn't leave me a lot of time. There'd be no taking it slow this morning! Thankfully, it was in the 50's so the run temp was quite bearable. My shoes each took a turn coming untied, but, honestly, since it was during the uphill stretch, I didn't mind the momentary breathers to re-tie and stave off the looming face plants on the concrete in the dark.
I knew the GPS on my Runkeeper app wasn't working right when I took off, but I didn't have time to fool with it. Sure enough, as I completed my run, I was amused to see that the program had tacked on roughly .3 miles to my route, which knocked my pace down to a 9:06 min/mile pace. Heh. Yeah - I don't think I'm there quite yet. Then the stupid thing didn't post to Facebook or Twitter, so I decided to post it manually. Only, instead of putting in 13 minutes as my completion time, I accidentally put in 13 hours. Which apparently translates into 1132 calories burned, despite the snail-like pace. So - if you're ever looking for a way to burn a bunch of calories, and have half a day or so to spare, now you know!
Despite the technical difficulties, I was actually feeling quite good about this morning's run. Then I made the mistake of stepping on the scale, and subsequently doubled-down by accidentally pulling out a pair of my Size 2 pants from my uber-skinny days and attempting to don them as I got ready for work. Yeah, I'm about 12-15 pounds past those. I don't know if I'll ever be able to reclaim them as appropriate attire, but I'm going to take a shot at it. And in the meantime, try and figure out a way to trick gravity into redistributing weight upwards.