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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Grandma Ran 12 Miles

Grandma ran 12 miles.  Really?  Grandma's pretty awesome, but not quite a runner.  See how punctuation is key?

Grandma ran 12 miles.  False.

Grandma - Ran 12 miles.  Two different main ideas.  Just sayin'. :)

Last night Kyle and I went over to Grandma's house for dinner and a movie.  We were celebrating Grandma's perfect doctor's visit and her avoidance of sweets for 2 months!  Celebrating with pizza and brownies.  Perfect. Grandma started us out with an impressive array of snacks.  I went a little nuts on the cheetos/Dorito mix. Foods at Grandma's are void of calories.
For dinner we had delicious pizza and a so-so salad from Anthony's coal fired pizza. Although, I'm a little upset about the service at Anthony's. Kyle called in the order to make sure it was ready on time and when he got there his order was sitting on a piece of paper by the register and the food wasn't ready.  A short delay later Kyle had food and was back on his way.
After dinner I finally got to watch Argo!  I had been wanting to see this moving since the summer and was even more intrigued after it won Best Picture.  It highly recommend this film and not just because I'm a HUGE Ben Affleck fan.  (Mom, I know what you're thinking...BEN!)  The movie was well directed and suspenseful.  By the end I was pacing. Which was probably a good thing considering my Dorito consumption.

Saturday morning I woke up around 730 for my last long training run of the season.  It's a chilly 55 degrees in Orlando today and I set out for 12 miles.
Potty stop mile 3.5
Random festive bathroom decor.
I was going by the "slow long run" theory for the first 4 miles.  I knew I was building slow twitch muscle fibers, but my mind fought me.  I was saying to myself, "If this pace is tough, then how are you going to run a faster half marathon in 2 weeks?"  So my mind won.  I sped up.
Sports beans at miles 6,8,10
After a 10+ min per mile pace for the first 4 miles I sped up.  It felt good and I kept speeding up.  I finished with 3 sub-9 miles, an 8:24 mile 12, and a 9:28 overall pace.
Was it the smartest training strategy?  Probably not.  BUT I feel mentally strong and I know confidence will help me in the race.
Now I'm off to shower as the Bealerts are headed to the Strawberry Festival today.

Yesterday was also the last day of the clinical dietetics internship!  There are some parts of clinical that I really liked.  I enjoyed the ICU, the math, and when I knew I was helping patients.  There are many parts I didn't love, which I won't go into.  My next internship is in foodservice and management.  I'll start on Monday at the same hospital.

What are you doing this weekend?
Run smart or run with your heart?

Love and I-RAN,
Carissa & Kyle

12 comments:

  1. Hello!!! Long time reader, but I've never commented before!!! Two things
    1)I just ran the Disney Princess half marathon last week and was so excited to see some of my favourite bloggers up close ( even if it was only as I walked across the start line). It was so cool to see you and hear your voice (is that weird?!). With today's post title, I got really confused and thought you were taking about your mom and emphasizing the grandma part. I thought, OMG, I miss a pregnancy announcement

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