...my oldest child entertains herself by doing things like taking pictures with my phone and my youngest child either wants to sit on my lap and "help" or just stands and whines until I redirect my attention to her.
It is safe (on your part) to assume my girls are now sleeping.
Yesterday I did speedwork. I am mixing and matching the runs from the first six weeks of my training plan until I work up to the mileage it would normally have me running. I did week 16's speedwork, which was:
4x 3 mins fast/3 mins recovery
10 minutes easy (which I cut a little short because I was really hungry)
I did the fast minutes at 8:34 pace and recovered around a 10:00 pace (after first slowing enough to take a drink without giving the treadmill a bath). I ran a total of 4.25 miles.
Tomorrow's tempo run is 2 easy, 2 tempo, 2 easy. I haven't done too many tempo runs (ever) so wish me luck.
And speaking of running, I take my dog to the vet every month for an injection (he has Addison's disease). This morning as I crossed that off my to-do list for the day, I remembered seeing a St. Bernard the last time we were there. It was the BIGGEST dog I have ever seen, bigger than any Great Dane or other ginormous breed of dog. I mean this dog was CRAZY BIG. Even my girls, who are fearless when it comes to animals, backed up a little when he came in the room. Seeing that dog made me wonder:
I am really paranoid when I run. I live in a pretty safe area, but I still hug the shoulder a little more when a van without windows drives by or when I run through an unfamiliar neighborhood and have visions of some crazy person snatching me. This paranoia is also one of the reasons trail running FREAKS ME OUT.
Before you share your opinion (and please DO share), here are just a few of the pros and cons I have put together:
- It wouldn't be surprising if I somehow end up shooting myself in the foot = con.
- I don't like cleaning up dog poop. My little dog has little poop that he is often kind enough to deposit along the edge of the yard or in the bushes. A big dog would have BIG poop that would not be easy to dodge and would likely be all over the yard = con.
- I would have to learn to shoot a gun. This is something I would like to do anyway = pro. It takes time, which I don't have a lot of = con.
- My little dog is almost blind. Not sure if a playmate would be a good or a bad thing for him = pro or con.
Another very important consideration: Is there a gun that is small enough to fit in my SPIbelt?