I will unofficially official start marathon training next week, so I will probably start skewing more towards boring posts about my training regimen and less about awesome life stuff. Well, just a little perhaps. I've been having quite the fun summer.
Let's talk about running first though.
I got some new shoes last week after dealing with some major
minor foot pain that could have been brought on by my Brooks Pure Flow
2s. I dunno. I also could attribute to the extra speedwork in July,
the sloppier form I have in hot weather, my work shoes (40 hours a week
on my feet likely doesn't help), or a combination of the above. I'm
trying the Mizuno Wave Elixir 8s. Lightweight enough, but with some
stability. And a roomier toebox for my yeti feet.
went to the Greenway to test them out after I bought them. Had a 12-16
miler in mind. The Greenway was closed due to flooding. I drove
another 20 minutes to the other Greenway in the vicinity and it was also
So, to the pain cave I went.
Prime has Spirit of the Marathon free right now and I hadn't seen it.
Cue the first 1:41 of my run. Love, love, loved it and it was really
cool to watch it while I was running. I started watching another dumb
Jennifer Anniston movie Switch which was not-so-great, but kept
me occupied through the final few miles. 16 overall and yes, it was
quite mind-numbing even with my movies.
I took Friday and
Saturday off running. The long run padded my miles for the week and I
had fun things to do instead. But I did run 5 miles yesterday and it
felt good and comfortable.
However, today was a major mojo
killer. I felt absolutely awful and I was running around 8:20 pace for
the first 3 miles and it felt reallly, really hard. The last 2 I got
my pace under 8:00, but it really was motivated by the fact that a
terrible thunderstorm was coming closer. The last 2 minutes of my run
were in the rain so I timed it just about perfect. This was the type of
run that I need every once in awhile though to remind me that I'm not
In non-running news, I was giving my grill a good workout last week and enjoying the beer challenge.
How can you go wrong with steak?
Or a rack of ribs?
I drank beer at home (as seen in the above pictures) and at local restaurants:
In the parking lot of Turner Field ($.75 beers):
Inside Turner Field ($7.50 beers):
Unfortunately, we saw the Braves streak end. But the hometown crew still cheers:
but not least, my sister invited her future bridesmaids (including me,
duh) to a brunch yesterday where she formally asked us to be a part of
her wedding. She found Barbie-esque dolls in the hair color that
matched the girl and made dresses that look like the ones she wants us
to wear. Here's mine:
Happy Monday y'all!