With the 20 under my belt this week's long run was like a jaunt in the park, a refreshing 14 miles. Yippee! I got with Lazy Runner to hash out a game plan but we both had different ideas; he wanted to hit REAL trails and I wanted to open it up and see how my pace is doing on a nice flat path. We agreed to disagree and come Saturday morning it was just me, the numerous 7-11's I frequented and a bunch of bums. I mapped out a run that took me over to Winter Park in and around downtown and then finish up where my usual Thursday morning neighborhood run is. I rigged my iPod up so that my ear buds where wrapped around the straps of my sports bra and I cranked up the volume so I wouldn't have to wear them (SAFETY FIRST!) but could still hear a little bit of tunes as I trekked around by myself. I got up early and water dropped at various places and then it was go time.
Let me first just say that Orlando STINKS after the bars have let out and all the drunks have stumbled home. Holy H*ll! Along the way I ran past numerous bums (we have serious bum issues here) but thankfully most were passed out cold, sleeping off some crack/booze no doubt. Winter Park was quiet and peaceful, nothing exciting there. Heading back through downtown I ran past a few runners and I was all smiles. I felt good. I felt fast. Once I got over to my hood the sun was breaking and I snapped this absolutely beautiful pic:
After I got around the lake I had the most hilarious thing happen ever... this guy on a bike wearing a fisherman's hat, comes out of nowhere and he's clapping and singing as loud as can be. Seriously. You can't make that up. WTF?! Anyway, finished up my run feeling FAN-TAB-ULOUS! Just as I got back to my digs, The Blonde called me up, she needed to be picked up and taken downtown to grab her car. She is so lucky she has a freak of a roommate that she knows she can count on in situations like this, cuz for real, who the heck else is up that early? LOL! After the walk of shame to my car, I made her buy me some water as payment for picking her drunk @ss up. Oh to be young & dumb again...
Back at the digs I plugged in the ol' Nike+ and got the best surprise ever:
Mile 1: 8:37
Mile 2: 8:46
Mile 3: 7:38 (Hell's the the Yizzay!!!)
Mile 4: 9:03 (See what happens when you get ambitious)
Mile 5: 9:05
Mile 6: 9:20
Mile 7: 8:16
Mile 8: 9:07
Mile 9: 8:41 (Now that's what I like to see...)
Mile 10: 8:41
Mile 11: 8:35
Mile 12: 8:39
Mile 13: 10:10 (Got stuck at a light and forgot to pause - FAIL)
Mile 14: 7:51 (H*LL YEAH!)
Do you see that last one there??? Do you know what that is??? A STRONG FINISH!!! Now if you'll excuse me I need to go toot some horns...
After a great run, I cleaned up, ate a lox bagel and started cleaning up the digs before the girls came over... we were hitting the pool for my best friend, Jamily's birthday. Just us girls, the sun and lots of fun. The guest of honor showed up a little early and we headed down to catch some rays whilst we waited on the rest of the crew to show up.
(Jamily and I have been best friends since our high school days back in Michigan)
After catching some rays we all split ways. Jamily and I grabbed some grub and then settled in to watch Seven Pounds. (If you haven't seen it yet, be warned it's REALLY frigging sad!!!) It's been so long since James and I have had some real quality time together and I was so thankful we got to just veg out. Such a perfect relaxing day.
By now it's Saturday night and seeing as how I had been itching to get out, The Blonde and I decided to have an impromptu "Roomies Night Out." (The Brunette ditched us for the weekend to visit the Fam so we had to entertain ourselves somehow!) With a little help from The Blonde (thank goodness I live with fashionista's as I am a fashion reject) I hit the town with a bit of style and rocked a super cute skirt combo WITH heels and loved every minute of it...
The Blonde & I (enjoying an adult beverage at that! I'm such a rebel!)
Sunday I hit up IKEA and got a new dresser (that took FOREVER to assemble, seriously, you should have seen how many pieces it came in!!! P.S. I got it in black) and that pretty much ate up my day besides just cleaning up around the digs and working at the part time gig. All in all it was a pretty d@mn good weekend if I do say so myself. I have a TON of posts in my reader as I neglected ya'll this weekend so stay tuned for lots of comments coming your way!
9 More Weeks Til Chicago Marathon!!! OMG! Down to single digit weeks! AHHHHHH!!!