The run that should have been terrible

(Please excuse the mess on my blog. As you may remember, I'm teaching a class about blogging and when discussing how to set up and design a blog, I used my own as a guinea pig and well ... there you go.)

I finished my evening run just under 2 hours ago. I waited until almost dark so I could beat the heat, but still ended up with 80 degree temperatures and 91% humidity. Yuck. Even my socks were sweaty.

But I had a great run. My stomach was (and still is) stuffed with spaghetti pie and I'm feeling utterly disgusting from my period (Sorry. That's totally TMI, but I seriously surfed out of work on a wave of hormones and tears this afternoon. I do not feel well today), but I cranked it out. Having an awesome run did not make sense today, but it happened and I'm sure as heck not gonna question it.

My first mile was my slowest (8:31) because I was still trying to convince my legs that moving wasn't going to kill them, but I picked it up for miles 2 and 3. I've been doing a lot of interval training in the last year and ditched my usual Tuesday fartleks for a tempo run. I finished mile 2 in 7:48 and mile 3 in 7:34. Not too shabby for a girl who had an emotional breakdown because her husband ate the last Fudgsicle just an hour earlier.

As usual, I have to credit my playlist for tonight's workout. Music can make or break a run for me and I listened to the same playlist I made for this past weekend's 5k.

Oh ya, I forgot to mention that I ran a 5k this weekend! This was my fourth year running in the Race for Literacy 5k and I don't know why I picked this as my 5k to do every year, but I did (maybe because I'm a huge advocate for literacy? I mean, I do love to read and write. Though judging by the number of typos and misspellings on this blog, one could argue that I'm slightly illiterate. So maybe this 5k is actually for me?!). This year's course was completely different and instead of taking us through residential neighborhoods, it weaved around the mall. Had I not been so concerned about getting a good finishing time, I probably would have stopped at Target.

I placed 1st in my age group and best of all, I had a confidence-building race. I've been feeling a little "race insecure" since the half marathon in May and doing well in this 5k (i.e. finishing it without walking or getting sick) was super important to me. I didn't psyche myself out and it's unfortunate that they don't give out medals for achieving peace of mind.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is spaghetti pie. It's my mother-in-law's recipe and it will change your life. Because it's pie ... made out of spaghetti: