I had originally planned to get up by 9:30 yesterday morning but kept resetting the alarm until it was about 10:10. I got up and had half of my breakfast…a pear and 1 cup not-from-concentrate papaya juice. Then I got ready for my run…3.1 on tap for today. I mapped out my loop route the night before last before heading to bed. I headed out the door just before 11. I warmed up in front of the office and then took off down the street. This was a completely new route…well, the middle 1.5-ish miles was new, anyway…so it was a little exciting for me. About a mile of the route had no sidewalk on the side of the street I was running on, so I was running in the street…facing traffic, of course. Good thing I wore my bright orange running pullover. This was a very fast route for me…figuratively and literally. When I hit 3.1 miles and stopped my Garmin, it said I did the run with an overall average pace of 10:19 min/mi!!! That’s the fastest I’ve run since getting back into it regularly. YAY! The last .35 of a mile was straight into a headwind and that sucked and slowed me down a little bit, but I did it.
|the headwind at the end slowed me down a little bit as you can see|
I am definitely pleased with this morning’s run and look forward to today’s 6 miles. I was thinking of only doing 5.5, but then I realized that the half marathon is just 3 Sundays from now, and I want to get in a 10 miler 2 weeks before it and then start a taper. In order to do that, I need to do 6 today and 8 next Sunday and then I can do 10 the following Sunday. The Sunday before the half, I’ll just run 5-6 miles. Take it easy, you know?
When I got to work yesterday afternoon, there was MORE BBQ. This time it was barbacoa, which is my favorite. I love barbacoa! When I eat at Chipotle, I get the bowl and I get the barbacoa with black beans, corn salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, and the shredded cheese. And, while I don’t think just one bite would have hurt anything, I refused to eat any. I have had zero slip-ups in the last 18 days, I wasn’t going to start now. And today will be 19 when it’s done.
Today when I wake up is weigh-in day. I’m excited. My clothes fit better today than they did last Sunday when I last weighed in. I’m really hoping to see 180-something…or…dare I say it? 179-something…that would be amazing to be back in the 170’s.
When I was getting my food ready to take to work with me yesterday, I went to make my chicken lunchmeat sandwich…I got out all the fixins for it…2 slices low sodium chicken lunchmeat, cucumber slices, a tomato slice, a slice of reduced fat cheddar, 2 slices 100% whole grain bread, and my bagged salad mix. I put everything on there and went to put on the salad mix and it was gross already. Really? I just opened it yesterday. It should have been good until at least tomorrow. Oh well. In the trash it went and now I have a sandwich without greens on it. Boo! I lived, though.
Yesterday, about halfway through my regular shift at work, the supervisor for the other building where I work overtime at on the overnight shifts called me and asked if I wanted to work last night. So, of course, I said I’d work it. I had no reason to say no. Of course, that meant doing one of three things: 1) break my diet and get something “fast” for dinner, 2) order something similar to what I was going to eat for dinner from a restaurant and pick it up on my way to the other building, or 3) drive home really fast and pick up the food I had already set aside for dinner last night and take the toll road to get there as quick as possible so it didn’t cut into my overtime hours. Well, I chose option number 3. That also meant I could grab my evening pills/vitamins and take them on time and carbonate 2 bottles of water and add syrup to them. Since I had been eating on the schedule that I would be off work at 10 last night, I had to just stop eating until I got to the overtime shift. So, the last thing I ate was a “baby burrito” (a 6 inch corn tortilla w/2 tbsp bean dip & 2 tbsp salsa) at 6pm until I got to the overtime shift around 10:30pm. It’s cool…I wasn’t really hungry during that time anyway.
While I was at work last night, I chose all my food selections for the week for my meals and snacks and typed up and emailed myself a shopping list so I can go grocery shopping this evening. I really love meal planning like this. I love planning out what I’m going to eat for the entire week. Of course, that makes grocery shopping easy. I usually only have to go once unless I wasn’t paying really good attention and I forget something here or there. Oh and if I’m eating salads, I have to make sure to buy new salad mix every couple days because, duh, it will go bad.
I had the idea to maybe do my Sunday long run when I got home from work this morning. But, I have been awake since about 10am yesterday, so I wasn’t awake enough nor did I have the energy to do it. Although it would have been super nice to get another run in before my weigh in when I wake up this afternoon. So, I’ll probably get up around 1:30pm, weigh in, eat my breakfast, wait about 30 minutes then head out for my run. During the waiting, I’ll come up with my route on Map My Run.