Sooo, yesterday I said I was get in a 7 mile run. To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t think it was going to happen. I figured I’d do 5, 6 max, and then give up and come home. But, I guess I can prove myself wrong sometimes.
See – proof!
I got started at about 10:30 and the weather was almost perfect. Nothing like the “go outside and choke on the air” heat and humidity we’ve been having recently. Sweet.
I actually came home around mile 3 because the shorts I was wearing were becoming painful, and I wanted to have skin left on my thighs after the run was over. So much for my legs not overheating during long runs. I think 3 – 4 miles is my max for wearing running shorts.
After a quick change into chafing-friendly capris, I headed back out the door. I told myself I’d do a 2 mile out-and-back along the road, still fully believing I’d crap out and turn around sooner than 2 miles.
Walk breaks were taken when needed, about every 0.5 – 0.75 miles. My run route is not shady at all (which stinks) so it calls for more walk breaks than would be needed if I ran under large trees.
I also ate 1/2 a honey stinger waffle (meh) when I stopped at home to change, and then a tri-berry flavored Gu around mile 4.5. I turned around at mile 5 and began the 2 miles back home.
Proof that sometimes you can’t even believe yourself and just have to push for your goals.
I came home, drank a cold glass of ice water, and quickly showered. Running 7 miles makes for a sweaty, stinky runner. It’s pretty gross.
Lunch was weird. I’m not usually hungry after running long distances and yesterday was no different. I had some leftover cheddar & broccoli rice from Tuesday’s dinner and later made a protein smoothie to take with while errand-running.
Speaking of errands, they got face-punched off the to-do list. It was awesome. I also went to the library and got some new books – I’ll (hopefully) be sharing some of them. One that I’m excited to read is The Paleo Solution. Now, I’m not one (anymore) to hop on the fad diet bandwagon, but I’ve seen a lot going around about this diet and I’d like to read more about it.
I sat around for a bit to let my hair dry – caught up on blogs, folded some laundry, contemplated unpacking some boxes, and watching Sterling hang out in his fave new spot.
Birds love that tree, and hop around in the yard all day long. I think Sterling had spent more time in that window that anywhere else in the apartment.
Matt and I also went to our local Prospect League baseball game last night. It was actually the league championship game, and our Gems won! I didn’t take a ton of pictures because it was actually a pretty good game, and I was busy watching and catching up with people I haven’t seen since before vacay.
Getting warmed up
Mmm…Shock Top Belgian wheat
It was seriously a perfect night for baseball. I had on jeans and a cardigan and still got a bit chilly near the end! I missed some pretty awesome shots of the team dogpiling and spraying sparkling pseudo-champagne (they’re all college kids) on each other after the championship win. It was pretty awesome.
Now, time for me to ask your thoughts. I always bring Gu as my mid-run fuel, but I know that I’m going to get sick of it my the time Chicago is over.