I decided to weigh in this morning and see what the damage from my 2 weeks of indulging was. 174.4. I’m okay with that, actually. Only a 2.2 lb gain over 2 weeks of eating out at least once a day? Yea, I’m definitely okay with that. And really, I ate out twice yesterday so it’s entirely possible that I’m still retaining some water weight today, and if I weigh in tomorrow, I may be down some pounds…so long as I don’t eat out today as well, that is.
I bought a new, HUGE coffee cup last night at Home Goods (after I left Doug and Chrysalis’ place). It’s fabulous. It holds twice the amount of what my cup that I’ve been using holds. WOOHOO! I didn’t double up on my coffee today, but I may tomorrow. I have to wake up no later than 6 to get ready and be at the training facility by 7:50 tomorrow morning.
As I was having my coffee this morning, I made up a route that would avoid a spot on the trail I usually run in my suburb because of all the rain yesterday and overnight it’s possible that it’s flooded and I wouldn’t be able to run that way. The route I came up with ended up being 9 miles. So…that’s a 9 mile morning run and a 6 mile evening run. Very nice and totally doable. Here’s the map of my planned 9 mile route:
Aaaaand, here’s the map of what I actually ran, a 15K:
And, actually, I just tried to do up a map for a 6 mile run, also avoiding that floodable spot. I came up with something that is a little over 7 miles. Hmm. So, maybe I’ll run a total of 16 miles (or a little bit more) today instead of the planned 15. I’m cool with that.
When I finished up the last 1.3 miles of the first run, I felt great. Heck, I finished strong, the last .3 mile was at a 10:19 pace. That was my fastest pace of the entire run. I did great with an overall average pace of 11:13 per mile. Anyway, I felt so good running-wise at the end of the 15K that I was HIGHLY tempted to stop at my apartment, reload with Gatorade, another gel and some more plain water, check the map for the just over 7 mile route I planned out for later today and then head out again for the rest of my miles for today. The ONLY thing that kept me from doing just that was some horribly painful chafing under my right arm. Ugh. So, I stayed inside, took a shower…somehow the chafing under my arm magically didn’t burn when I got in the shower and make me squeal. While I’m out and about this afternoon, I’m going to buy some nonstick gauze pads and some waterproof medical tape so when I go out this evening to finish up my miles for today I can cover the chafed area under my arm.
About 10 minutes before I was going to get up and start getting everything ready, this happened in my lap:
I soooo didn't want to get up and disturb him, but he totally knows when I need to get up and do something. It's almost the only time he's super snuggly like this. Such a brat. Haha.
My evening run went great! I kept my overall average pace within 4 seconds of my earlier run…YAY! I remember back in March where I was just barely running 15-18 miles in a whole week. Now…today…I ran 16.7 miles…in ONE DAY!!! BOOM!!! That’s fantastic. I’m so incredibly proud of myself. I have accomplished so much since the beginning of this year. Sure, I didn’t run the whole 16.7 all at one go, but I know I could have. In fact, I would have if I had had something cover my chafed spot under my arm when I got done with the first 9.3 miles.
Tomorrow, I go back on the clock with my job…however, I won’t be at work; I’ll be in a 40 hour handgun training block all week. Tomorrow evening, after I get out of training, I’ll be heading to the gym for 2 BTG miles and a 3x12 workout. Also, while I’m there, I’m doing a consultation with one of the trainers for maybe helping me improve my running performance. I’m not sure I’ll go beyond the consultation because I think they charge after that, but I’ll keep it in mind for later down the road when I have some spare cash. In the meantime, I’m sure she’ll give me a tidbit or two that I can apply in my training. Also, the trainer I’m meeting with (Paige) is running the half distance at the Austin Marathon next February…so am I! She said maybe we could celebrate together afterward.
Today was truly a good day. The only thing I forgot to do was to go and buy some more protein powder. I’ll have to go tomorrow if I want to take advantage of their buy 1 get 1 50% off deal because tomorrow is the last day for it.
Oh, here’s the little dress I bought through the virtual garage sale I participate in on Facebook. It was new with tags and I got it for $6! It’s the perfect length and I love the ruffles at the top!