Vacations and Running
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Last week, I took the whole week off and stayed home with my hubby. I usually request a week off on the week of our anniversary, but then decide not to take it because we don't have anything planned. This time I decided that a week around the house with my fella would be the perfect way to celebrate our 8 year anniversary. It was fabulous! I set an alarm to get up at 7:00 each morning (this might sound early to some people, but when I work I get up at 4:00 - so it was awesome) because if I don't, I tend to sleep a little later each day until you wake up at 10:00 and feel like half the day is gone.
I got up every morning and completed whatever run I had on my training schedule. Then I would shower and put on "cozy clothes" (I prefer this to "pajamas" because I feel less guilty hanging out in a t-shirt and yoga pants than flannel) and read or watched something on TV until Cody woke up. We cleaned up some things that needed to go to the dump, went shooting, and had a wonderful time doing nothing together. I also had some time to hang out with my parents and start building dollhouses with my two nieces.
I ended up doing quite a bit of cooking. I always forget how much I like to cook when I have time to cook AND keep my kitchen clean. This is on my list of things to work on - more cooking, less eating out. All in all, a super-relaxing, wonderful time. I was a bit too relaxed with food, keeping track of calories in my head, rather than writing them down. So I had much smaller calorie deficits than I usually aim for. All in all, I lost about half a pound for the week. I'm ok with that. I feel that's acceptable for a vacation - but now I've got to get back to it.
Oh - and I ran seven miles on Saturday!!! I have only ever run seven miles one other time in my life. It was the last time I started to train for a half marathon. I was at a much higher weight and had to stop to walk a couple of times and the next day my knees hurt so bad I could hardly walk. This time, I ran the whole thing without stopping and it was awesome!!! My bad knee was a little touchy the rest of the day, but otherwise everything was great. I wasn't even that sore the next day. I can't tell you how relieved I am to know that I can start to increase my distance and my knees will hold up. Also, with careful stretching, my hip that was bothering me has calmed down and gives me almost no guff during my runs now.
I am really enjoying the 10k training program I'm doing right now. I tend to always want to run far, but the shorter runs and the speedwork are really helping me improve. I have already taken about two full minutes off of my three mile time. I always dread these runs because I'm a distance gal. I like to find a comfortable pace and know that I can hang in there until the end. I am not a fan of running hard for three miles. Even though I dread these runs, I love them when they are over. It is a different mentality. You have to trust that your body can sustain that faster pace - I have discovered that I can run a lot faster than I thought. While I love reaching new distances, I am really excited to also gain confidence in my ability to be able to run harder - I like surprising myself and learning what I can do.
I forgot to mention that I finally got my 50 pounds lost haircut! I was able to donate two 12-inch ponytails, and decided to go with a chin-length layered bob (I'll have to remember to post a picture). So far I am absolutely loving the new do. It feels so good not to have all of that hair.