I knew fall would be wild. There is just so much going on, but I know have one huge thing off my list, a certification exam. That sucker’s been on my calendar since March and I’ve been studying two night a week for the last 6 weeks or so. Saturday was my test (250 questions, ouch). I won’t know results for 4 weeks, but I’m just glad it’s done. I took Jasper on a Voo Doo donuts pilgrimage later. I am ashamed it’s been here over a year and I just now went. I thought it was worth the hype. The donuts are really good and I am not a donut person. The atmosphere is super fun. The donuts are over the top and not really something I’d want for breakfast,but they are so inexpensive it was fun to get a few crazy flavors and sample them. Only gripe….horrible location. It’s in the middle of a bunch of bars with no where to park. Jasper and I ended up with almost 4 miles of walking round trip. I’ll pay to park, no problem, but I had to draw the line at $15 dollar parking for a 30 minute, $5 donut excursion. I’ll have to figure out something better for next time.
I’ve had a few good workouts the last few weeks. We had a 19 mile progression run that I got the pacing right for, and I didn’t feel too sore the next day. We had mile repeats this week that were done at paces I haven’t seen in 5 years. This morning, coach had us do a 10k race with warm up and cool down. The race was near by, but didn’t start until 8:30. It’s really not fall at all, because by then the heat was getting pretty intense and the completely shadeless course was an oven. Our goal pace was 7:30. On one hand I bombed that, 7:40s for me. But, that is the fastest I’ve raced at in 5 years, so I don’t feel completely defeated. Plus it was a good effort and faster than I would have run on my own. Also this run had the 10kers plowing right into the 5k walkers on loop two so there was a ton of weaving. I’d like to think I could have gone faster without that, but who knows? It was good to race for the first time in over 5 months and get the cobwebs out, before the marathon. Plus I had some Voo Doo donuts to race off…🍩🍩🍩
Up this week, Jasper had taekwondo, gymnastics, and cub scouts, Mike has the Melvins and Dinosuar Jr to see. I have a 20 miler. We need more weekend time!