Well, yesterday was my scheduled long run, but it didn’t happen. It was raining all day so I wasn’t totally bummed, i knew I could get it in today. And thank goodness I waited, because what a gorgeous day i woke up to! ! 78 and sunny, perfect! Although it’s been a while since I’ve run in the mid afternoon sun, so it was a little , well, hot! Something I will need to get used to, as my serious training starts dead in the middle of summer in South Carolina. I can feel the humidity already…
Anyway, I’ve already decided that as much as I love running with my boys, my once a week long run is mommy only time. Thus, I waited until everyone (including Rich) was settled in for my departure, and took off about 1:00 pm. I did my first mile on the empty open development behind my house. a big, paved loop, with only two houses and tons of open lots, just waiting for this economy to pick up! There is actually a big pond and a “nature trail” back there as well. But it’s so desolate and empty (I’m talking one house out there, and one being built, and that’s it) that I’m nervous to run into the woods alone. Maybe i need some mace or something to make me feel better. JUST in case (i hate that i even have to think that way). But as I was saying, mile one, big empty loop, felt great. Then in true Heather fashion, I realized I went out to fast. My run went a little something like this:
Mile 1: 8:39. felt great
Mile 2: 9:59. I got tired, and walked. twice.
Mile 3 10:47 walked a few more times and ran into headwinds. Really sucked, haha.
Mile 4: 9:42 got out of the wind, but still had to walk a few times.
I think, no I *know* that a lot of my walking is mental. The second my head starts to think “hmm, I’m tired” it feels like my legs immediately follow and before I know it, I’ve stopped running. When really, I know i have it in me to keep going. Yeah , it sucks, but I can keep going. So this is something I need to work on for sure. My mental game. Anyone else suffer from this?
But besides the walking, I felt better. I can feel my endurance S-L-O-W-L-Y creeping back up. I’m enjoying my running, and more so, the awesome endorphin high that follows. Heck, today as soon as I got back from my run, I downed my protein shake, folded 4 loads of laundry, threw in another and did the dishes. Perhaps this is the secret key to unlocking my inner housewife! haha, that’ll be the day!
Another thing I wanted to touch on in this blog is nutrition. I am having the HARDEST time dropping the junk food since I had Kain. I know that weaning myself off of this cr*p to only a few horrible snacks a week (instead of just a 90% junk diet) will significantly help my training. But it’s hard! I envy those people who can look at food as simply fuel, and therefore “fuel” up with the good stuff. I look at it and go “yummmm mountain dew and queso dip get in my belly!!” My engine is filled with sludge, boo. I’ll work on that.
OH, and the supernovas….so far so good. The outside of my right foot is slightly tender…we will see if i just need to break them in a little more.
Anyways, thanks to everyone who has been reading my rambling. I’m very grateful for all of the donations I’ve received thus far. And on a similar note, one of Rich’s co-workers was diagnosed yesterday with pancreatic cancer. So bad that as soon as they diagnosed him (he had been brought into the hospital) they immediately began chemo. It doesn’t look good, they gave him a 5% survival rate. And, here’s the kicker, that’s the SECOND co-worker of Rich’s diagnosed with cancer THIS MONTH. It makes me sad and it makes me angry. It just goes to show you that this horrible disease touches EVERYONE in one way or another, and we have to keep fighting until cancer is HISTORY.