|There's nothing like some good chocolate chip cookies!|
I realized today that I haven't had a long run or ANY run at the pace I'm shooting for in about three weeks. That's pathetic! Yes, I've gone on some shorter runs with Jenn, but the problem is, that even though they are way more fun with her, they don't help me work on the speed I need. So today's run was a pretty good sufferfest. My goal was to average anything under 8:24's/mile, which is the pace that I have to run in order to beat 1:50. My average after 10 miles, you ask? 8:23's. Yes, I made it, but it was really tough, and I think that from the way the average was hemorrhaging, I don't think I could have held that pace for the last 5k. That being said, I do think that with the adrenaline, the crowd support, and the pace groups, I'll be able to beat my goal and not FAIL!
On to other things...
On Friday, I spent all day working on our car. It has 130,000ish miles, and the struts and shocks had NEVER been changed. From the unusual wear pattern on the tires, it was obvious that everything was shot and needed to be replaced. So, I ordered the struts and shocks from a business that I totally recommend for anything auto, autopartswarehouse.com. They have amazing prices, free shipping, and my parts arrived so quickly! In fact, I ordered them on a Wednesday afternoon, and they were sitting on my front porch by 11am the next day. That's amazing! Anyway, I had never done this job, but after renting a spring compressor from Autozone, I had everything off and replaced in
|You can tell I was doing this for the first time as you see my laptop open to a forum with picture to help.|
Yesterday was a whole lot of fun. After church and eating with some friends/family, Jennifer and I decided to get our Christmas cheer on. We drove to Michigan City, IN to hop on the South Shore Line train that goes from South Bend to Chicago.
|I was messing with Instagram on my phone for this pic. Can you tell we're not really looking at the lens?|
The only way to see the parade was to raise my phone and take a couple pics. I'm not too sure about the iphone's camera. Sometimes the pictures are great, but other times they are pretty weak. Here are a few pictures from the parade.
After the parade had ended, there was a ten minute fireworks display that was a little lacking. Here is a little video of what it was like.
Once everything was done and the crown began to disperse, Jenn and I were starving! We tried to eat at Giordano's pizza, but the hour and 20 minute wait was a little too much for us. We ended up eating at one of our favorite places, Noodles & Co.
After some delicious noodles, we decided to walk down Michigan Ave. to see the shops and lights. It was a lot of fun!
I leave you with one last picture of Maglee to wish you a good week. She's a huge fan of clean laundry, especially if it is soft!
Have a happy Thanksgiving! I'll give you a race report and a meal report sometime next week. Jenn and I are headed south to my parents place. Have a great time wherever you will be, and take it easy on the Turkey!