This morning I ran 30 minutes straight – I didn’t go back and clock the mileage, but, based on my avg. speed (slow) and my past experience, I’d say I covered somewhere between 2.5 at the worst and 2.8 miles at best. I should see about using one of those little GPS apps on my phone – but, seeing myself as a blue dot on a map as I run might be weird. Weird enough to distract me and then I run into a pole.
This is big – I haven’t run like this in a long time – at least a year, maybe more. Plus, the last time I ran outside (which was only 3 runs ago), I hit the wall at 22 minutes. This morning, I knew I had to go for 22 or more. As I hit 23, I figured I could push to 24, and then I zoned out for a bit, and it was now 25:27. So then I said, ok, let’s do 26. Now, once I hit 26, my ocd sets in and 26 MUST be rounded to 30, or I would be forever a loser. The last couple minutes really burned, but I lived to tell about it.
I should disclose that my workouts don’t just end when I stop running – I usually will keep walking until I hit some sort of official-feeling number, like 35 or 40 minutes. My goal is to increase the ratio of running to walking by a teeny bit each time, until I can comfortably run 30-40 minutes. Then, once I’m in that range for a couple of weeks, I work on speed, then go back to increasing distance, blah blah. I’ve done it all before, but this time I’m not pushing quite as hard. I don’t want to burn out, like I did in 2009. I also only run every other day, per my running boss, and I usually get a short walk in between days. Anyway, this no-pressure schedule is wonderful and keeping me motivated.
That brings me to the food – protein day, and it flew by, barely noticed. I ran several errands with Sam, including picking out a movie at the library, returning an item, finding him a cotton blanket, and stopping to treat him to ice cream – because he was an absolute angel during our errands.Positive reinforcement. I also picked up 2 gigantic purple lobelia hanging baskets, and followed my husband around the house while he pressure washed this and that. Oh – quick aside: pressure washing is the SHIZ!! I would like to pressure wash the world.
By dinner time I realized that not only did I barely think about food since breakfast, I probably didn’t even get enough protein in. I did fantasize about Sam’s Chocolate Teddy Grahams for about 30 seconds though. I didn’t eat any, and lived once more to tell about it.