Weekends really need to be longer. Or work weeks just need to be shorter.
I mean to get the long run in on Saturday, but I woke up a bit late and had a bowling date to attend. I can't remember the last time I went bowling, but it's probably been over three years. I'm not a great bowler. Heck, a good day for me at the lanes is when I break 80. And given that, I guess it was a good day since I bowled a 109 and a 91. Not bad. I can feel it in my shoulder today though.
Since it was getting late and was pretty windy when I got done, I pushed the long run back to today. But I was a on a strict time scheduled - had a date with my TV to watch the USA v. Canada gold medal hockey game.
I had 6 miles on the schedule today and when I took off it was cloudy, but not snowing. As is my habit, I always seem to start off too fast, but it doesn't seem fast. The first two miles were fine, mile 3 was tougher since I was running straight into a semi-strong wind. Miles 4 and 5 were OK and by then it had started to snow lightly, but hard enough that the flakes were sticking to my clothing. I got home and Garmin Gus told me I was just a tad short of my 6 miles (even though this same route from a few weeks ago was measured as 6.25 miles by MapMyRun.com). So I tacked on an extra block and finished up my 6.2 miles in 1 hour, 6 minutes. Other than my fast first mile, the rest of my splits were pretty consistent - between 10:45 and 11 minutes per mile (remember, I'm not a speed demon!).
So I finished up the run and had just enough time to shower before watching the puck drop on the gold-medal hockey game. Such a good game. He may have been a Fighting Sioux at U of North Dakota, but kudos to Zach Parise on that game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in regulation to send the game to OT! Hats off to Canada on the victory, but congrats to Team USA for the nice comeback.
Now it's off to finish watching the closing ceremonies. I've loved every minute of these Olympic games and am sad to see them end. So many great stories. And great competitions. Can't wait until the summer games in London roll around in 2012 and the winter games come back in 2014 in Sochi.
For now, I've just got to figure out how to occupy myself until March Madness starts in a few weeks!