I awoke this morning in a fantastically good mood. What was it? A good night's sleep?? Having eaten pretty darn good yesterday?? Having a workout plan with a race in mind?? I don't know, probably a combination of all three. What I do know is that I felt absolutely wonderful!!!
I got ready and headed off to WW where I found that I had lost 3.2 lbs this week. Wow!!! And I didn't even stay within my points or workout all that much. Fabulous. It's amazing how important paying attention is, because that's basically all I did all week - pay attention. I did track every bite and clearly that works for me. So that was a great way to start a long weekend.
After the meeting I headed off for my run. Now I have not run in a long time and I have not run continuously in even longer. The last few times I attempted running I did intervals. But I decided to see what I could do. I had 4 miles on the schedule so I headed off to a marsh trail that is about 3.2 miles. I had thought of doubling back to make up the 4. So I headed out. The first half, about 1.6 miles, I did in 18 minutes. That's pretty good considering I thought I was going really, really slow. That's about 11 mins/mile. Not bad for a first effort and I ran all the way, didn't stop once. Woo Hoo!!!! I then took a short break and walked for 2 minutes and started running again. The return I did in 15:30. Wooo!!! Check that out!!! That's just over 9 min/miles and I was not pushing it. There was a guy running the trail who kept lapping me so I thought I was going really, really slow. He must have been flying. I was pretty wiped out when I got to the end of the trail so I decided to stop at 3.2 miles. But I'm very happy with that, very happy.
So I felt like a complete rock star and love the feeling of running with a purpose. I love having a training schedule and a purpose to the workouts. Tomorrow it's the bike...