I started my day with a sweet three mile tempo-style run. I ran the three miles at a little faster than I felt comfortable with but not to the point where I felt like I was going to pass out. It was an exploratory run for me- one thing I love about living in a new area is running in new places I haven’t been before. A typical run I do in new areas is what I like to think of as a slingshot run (I’m pretty sure I didn’t come up with that myself so I must have read it somewhere), where I catapult myself (at the speed of light obviously 😉 ) in one direction and then come back the same way. I really like doing that as it’s very easy to control how long my run is.
Today I did a slightly different version of this though, by following my nose out to where I thought my fave suburb in Sydney is, and then just estimating a loop back home. In the past this hasn’t always turned out perfectly because it’s pretty easy to get lost like that, but luckily today it worked out really well and I ended up at the waterfront where I thought I would.
It was great to do a loop for a change, because I like the feeling of seeing new things all along the route. Plus ending up in my fave suburb was pretty fun, it was where I stayed when I first came to Sydney and it was nice to think about hauling my suitcase with everything I own in it around and being in a completely new city all by myself, crazy times 🙂
Some fascinating facts about my running:
#1 I tend to only start sweating at exactly one mile in, every single time I run. Seriously, I can set my clock by it. It’s weird. You are welcome for the picture of my sweatiness, I’m sure you really needed to see that. Actually in real life it was a whole lot more scary to be honest.
#2 I take a rest on most of my runs. I definitely love to have a good run where I don’t stop at all, but when I am building up my running stamina like I am now, or when I am just doing an easy run, I almost always take a break. I actually feel like it helps me finish the run faster and with better form. Plus when there is a place with a Rest Park, who would I be to argue?
#3 I always take photos of houses I like during my run. It is fun to fantasize about where I might be living when Curtis comes here in September and also just in general about what my house might look like “when I grow up” 😉 If my house is tiny and yellow I will be very happy.
#4 I always always stretch in the lift and in the shower. Just a pic of me stretching in the lift for this one 😉 I love doing a proper yoga session after a run but if I don’t have time for that then I still try to spend a little bit of time stretching because it really does make a difference to how sore I am the next day.
#5 I cannot run without a headband on. I would rather go pantless than without a headband (although I don’t know why that would need to happen and let’s hope that never does happen cos it would be super awkward). It stops my sweat from burning my eyes and keeps my headphones in my ears and keeps my ridiculous running hair out of my face. Whoever invented headbands is a genius. I currently need to buy a few because I am somehow down to my last three, and my running:doing laundry ratio means I really need more. I really want this one but let’s be honest, I am just going to go to Kmart because that’s how I roll 🙂
This is what the rest of my day involves:
So I won’t bore you with that (although the first book is amazing and I really think everyone should read it ASAP) and instead here are my questions of the day:
What are some running or other facts about yourself?
What is your most essential piece of running gear? Would you give up pants for it? Not underwear FYI, just pants. Let’s not go too overboard 😉
Do you have a favourite book?