by - Friday, March 23, 2007

So spring is officially here, which meant free Rita's day was yesterday. And since Rita's Italian Ice is the best thing about summer, you know I hit that up. MMMMM gotta love their mango ice!

I got in two more quality runs this week. Yesterday I went out for 4 miles. I started out at a bit slower pace and was hitting my stride about a mile or so in. I felt pretty good throughout. My time was a little slower than my normal time, but my home turf has a lot more hills than at school and I think some of that might have taken it out of me. But it was good to be running hills again. I always feel so accomplished once I get to the top and can cruise down the other side.

Today I had planned to get in a nice easy recovery-ish type run. But I was feeling really good and turned it into a speedwork out. I went my usual shorter loops which I finish normally in about 33 minutes. Today I finsished in 28:30. I was pretty pleased with the pace I was going at. If I can work with that pace and get comfortable with it, I'd be happy to run my race that way.

Also the weather had greatly improved today. I wore my Under Armour tights and cold gear top and I was so hot by the time I finished. Not that I was complaining. If I can shed the cold gear for some regular long sleeve running shirts, I'm not going to complain.

I'm hoping the rain that's passing through will be out of here by Saturday. My goal is to get a quality five miler in before I had back to school. I'd like to work it in on Saturday so that Sunday I can focus on getting packed and heading back.

Oh and for my internship I'm reviewing this book called: The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais. It is hilarious. I can totally relate to a lot of the stuff she talks about.

Here's an excerpt about BodyGlide:
BodyGlide Skin Formula looks like deodorant and applies like deodorant, but it's not deodorant. You can tell 'cause you never see people putting deodorant along their panty line and in their butt cracks. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The basic purpose of BG is to uh, help your body glide and prevent chafing. It rolls on like Vaseline and helps ease the discomfort of body parts and clothing rubbing together. Some people swear by it and lather themselves in it even if they're only walking to the car. Other people (yours truly) forget about it altogether until marathon day, then cover themselves with it from head to toe. Unfortunately, those people (yours truly) are morons because BG can make your body parts glide together a little easier, it does nothing to help with the overall gliding of your body. At Mile 15, the word "tumble" would probably be a better word to use than "glide" to describe what my body was doing.

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  1. That BodyGlide bit is priceless! I had no idea people put it on their butt crack.

    > I'm hoping the rain that's passing
    > through will be out of here by Saturday.

    I'm hoping the rain that's passing through Vancouver will be out of here by June. Man it has rained every day for about 4 weeks.

  2. Sounds like you have enjoyed your spring break! Awesome!

    I am hoping that where ever I end up relocating to, their will be some hills... something different!

  3. Awesome pace!!

    As for the BG, I need it or I usually pay the price at the end of the run.

  4. Anonymous4:38 PM

    i just wanna say..we sound so much alike! i somehow stumbled across your blog, and you are amazing for running a marathon after only being able to run 3 miles at a time! sounds like our pace is around the same, too. and i'm a huge sports freak. and i live and go to college in maryland (i know your from PA, but go to college "here"). strange, huh? have you formulated a plan for the half yet? have you considered (or have you used) hal higdon? his are supposed to be pretty good. :)
    enjoy your day :)