Well, it happened- August. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. August means that September is just around the corner and shortly after that things improve dramatically with the arrival of the best season- Autumn. And before then, I may be celebrating a certain annual acknowledgment of my birth at the end of the month and that's not too bad either.
Anyways, time to celebrate!
Running Outside So I've been telling you all for weeks that although I'm very proud of myself for building up my stamina by running on the track I was very aware of the fact that if I wanted it to transition into longevity in races I needed to get outside. Well, I finally transitioned. I logged in a full 4 miles outside yesterday!
It was WAY harder than I thought it would be- the heat and sun really suck the life right out of you and make it super difficult to keep up the pace. Not to mention the hazards of uneven sidewalks, hills and insects. But even so I manged to keep up a ten minute mile pace whilst running around my neighborhood and I'm pretty psyched about that.
Any of you who are runners probably already know about Map My Run- an app that tracks distance, speed and routes. If you're not a runner but have any interest in it whatsoever I highly recommend you check it out- it's amazing and I don't know how any runner lives without it.
More 5ks I ran another 5K on July 19th and learned another very valuable lesson: don't be late to a race. I'm sure that's a pretty obvious one but somehow I overlooked it. I was just getting parked (thanks to being redirected three different times) when the race was about to start and by the time I got through registration the race had already begun. I sprinted to catch up to the crowd and then had to slow to catch my breath before I could pick back up and find my pace. Needless to say, my time wasn't as good as it had been the previous race. But I was able to find my stride and sprint to finish which I hadn't before so I'm proud of that.
I have another 5k tomorrow and this time I will NOT be late!
Reading/Writing It's been so long since I wrote anything besides a blog post that I'm embarrassed to admit it. First it was black belt training and then, obviously, running took over. That's still not an excuse for completely dropping that important activity. So I'm pretty psyched that I finally finished a book and wrote a full review on it (look below- isn't it cool?). It helps that I seriously enjoyed the book, of course. But really I'm just so happy to be writing something again. Now if I could just get a piece of fiction composed...
Who else is celebrating?