Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pancake Magic

OK so last night I tossed and turned as I had a mental battle of when and how I was going to get my 8 miles in today. Hubby was planning on working all day and my running buddy is nursing a sad toe and was going to be unable to join me. I woke up at 5:30 and it was windy and rainy so I went back to bed. I fell back asleep and didn't wake up again until 8:00. When I came downstairs my hubs was already cooking a big stack of pancakes. The rain was going to keep him home and he would see if the sun would make an appearance later. I was so happy I thought I should just go and get it my miles in, but my cute family all sitting at the table made me want to stay. So I ate 4 pancakes and had some water. It was very hubby really does make the most beautiful pancakes. The only problem was I didn't know how this would play a role in my 8 miles. I waited about an hour and then took off. I felt great even with some rain and sprinkles I was feeling good. The first mile is fairly flat and the next two miles have a series of 3 nice hills. Despite the hills when I looked at Frenchie (AKA Garmin Forerunner) it was right at the 3.1 mark and my time was 26:26!! This seemed awesome considering I just climbed 3 hills. YES!! This gives me hope and I think may have been a P.R.?? Once I hit four and turned around time was flying and I was enjoying all the rolling green hills. I kept debating in my head...slow down or try to hold this pace??? I was thinking about my half and marathon and what I would wear and I imagined wearing a shirt that said..."For God's Glory". Ultimately that is why I run. It is why I work. It is why I am a friend, wife and mother. I want all I do to Glorify God. It's not to TOOT my own horn and say I'look what I can do, but yet to say..."anything is possible with Christ". Anyways with two miles to go, the pancakes started to churn and my tummy was cramping but I was so close to being done I was able to ingnore it.

So here's my time....check out my last pancake cramp miles!!!
Mile 1 8:17
Mile 2 8:33
Mile 3 8:22
Mile 4 7:20
Mile 5 8:23
Mile 6 8:20
Mile 7 7:59
Mile 8 7:46

So what does this mean?? This is FAST for exciting! Should I have gone slower? What should I shoot for next week's nine? So much to think about. I am thinking next week I will take some GU and water?? I also just wanted to thank Amanda AKA,MissZippy for giving me some running tips. It really meant a lot. Thoughts???

OK I am off to the shower and to the "bathroom". Have a great week and wonderful MOTHER'S DAY!


AngMomof3 said...

I think eating pancakes again would work-- but the key is hubby making them!!! Lucky you. :)

Hills are looking greener... let me know when you're doing another near home run so I can "shoot" you!

Ryan said...

Good job honey. You are the greatest. Glad my pancakes were able to give you some speed. XOXO

Amanda said...

I may have a shirt for you in the near future. I'm starting a non profit to help bring God into the running world through a wearing a T-shirt at a race. I'll let you know when I have them...will be soon! :)

Kris said...

Congrats on the great run. Not every run can be energizing so when you get a good one, be proud and remember you CAN do it :)

Definitely have access to water and nutrition (gu, beans, etc) when you are running over an hour. Now go kick tail on your 9 miler next weekend!

Kris said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I was super excited about my half PR. Expecially since it was TOTALLY unexpected :)
Had a 5k tune up race this past weekend that I just finished the write up on and then another one in two weeks along with a Duathlon (Gear West Duathlon) Don't feel well prepared for the bike portion as I've only been on it like 4x since last September :-P

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Sweet pace!! That is super fast!!
A for the God's glory and all that, I will just say there were so many people in my OKC Marathon that had shirts with some sort of scripture wirtten on the back and I am certain each one helped me get a little further. I especially like the one "Let me run with endurance the race which God has laid before me". there were so many more and I would repeat them to myself until I read another one or another thought crossed into my mind. It was literally like I was praying almost the whole time. Truly magical! "I can do all things through Christ...!!" Awesome post!

Molly said...

you ARE fast!! great job getting out in the iffy weather. Hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day!

Anne said...

You are really speedy!! :)

Anonymous said...

"when I run, I can feel His pleasure." - Eric Liddel

I know what you mean. Its taken me to the age of 25 to realize that running is part of His purpose for me. So run I shall!

great post!