I've got school spirit. This is school spirit week, and each day has a different fun (or "fun") dress theme. I love spirit week. It adds such a sense of lightness and fun to our days. Monday was Sports Day. Oops...total fail. I forgot. Tuesday was Decades Day, and I just happened to have a poodle skirt I'd made ten years ago for my father-in-law's 60th birthday party.
Today was Fashion Disaster Day. It's more difficult than you'd think to dress badly. For one thing, you want it to be obvious that you meant to dress like that. I think I was pretty successful from the waist down. What do you think?
I've got birthday spirit. J turns 7 tomorrow, but we had a joint party with his cousin, whose birthday is five days before J's. My baby is growing up. Sniff.
I've got competitive spirit. Today the training plan called for a 5 mile tempo run: 1 mi warmup, 3 miles at 8:49, 1 mi cool down. 34 degrees when I headed out at 5 this morning. Running tights, long sleeve technical t-shirt, hat, fleece sweatshirt, and gloves.
The warmup mile was fine, other than some mental dialogue along the lines of it's freaking cold, this is stupid, I can't run that fast. So I told myself that even if I blew the paces, I was at least still out running...and myself shut up. (10:30 pace)
Mile 1 of the tempo run I was pushing, but didn't feel like I was dying. (8:37 yaaaay). Mile 2 was much more difficult, and the second half featured some serious bargaining to keep my legs pushing. I may have promised they could run the third mile as slowly as they wanted if they finished mike 2 strong...it's all a little foggy now. They pulled through for me. (8:35).
With two miles at goal pace, of course I had to renege on the deal and go for it, but my legs got me back about halfway through by tripping over nothing, and I went down hard. Naturally, this happened shortly after I took off my gloves and pushed the sweatshirt sleeves up, but my right knee took the brunt of it.
I was afraid I'd ripped my running tights, but they survived intact.
My first thought while I was lying there on the ground was I'm turning off my stopwatch! Then I decided to show my legs who was boss and finish the run. (9:22). Total time for the 3 miles was 26:34 I think for an overall pace of 8:53/mi according to Daily Mile. Sooo close! Anyway, I limp/jogged the last mile for my cooldown in 10:58. My students' reaction: "You fell AGAIN???"
By the end of the day, both hands and my left wrist were a fairly sore...great timing with tonight being my first night of my basketball league. On the other hand, I'm a terrible shot, so being a little hurt couldn't do much damage to my game. And slightly gimpy or not, I had a blast...even made a few baskets!
I've got a lazy spirit. I'm sleeping in tomorrow. That scheduled 4 miles is going to have to wait til after work! :)