Goodness, the last two days have been busy!
I woke up on Thursday at 6:50 am, and it was 68 degrees and only about 50 percent humidity.
I had already decided that I would be going faster on this run than I had run in about two weeks, and the brilliant weather just made me even more excited.
Obviously, this wasn’t going to be a tempo run, since I’m not allowed to do workouts yet. It definitely felt like I was going fast right from the get-go, but the first mile was only an 8:10! How strange. The rest of the run was quite a bit faster, though.
It felt easy/moderate until about mile 4, and then it felt moderately hard, mostly because it was completely uphill all the way back…
All in all, it was a nice run, a little bit quicker than I’ve been doing, but my legs still felt good at the end. I did 4 strides on an uneven field after I finished the six miles, but I kept slipping and sliding because the grass was wet.
After I picked my brother up from Tae Kwon Do camp, we biked to the pool, and I swam for 30 minutes while he dove and played Categories. We then biked home, where I had a quick dinner and then went to a Krav Maga class!
It was unlike anything I’d ever tried- not typical martial arts at all. We practiced “on top” defense, and “on the bottom” defense. Definitely a great anger outlet! I was pummeling my partner with kicks.
After myriad physical activities on Thursday, I woke up Friday feeling fairly tired. After discovering that Mother Nature had given me an extra-special gift this month (ow-cramps), I walked my dog, walked my brother to TKD camp, and then biked to my old high school to meet up with my friend Craig. I had to do eight miles, so he biked while I ran. I tragically, accidentally deleted the data from that run, but it was an 8:08 average pace. The first mile was an 8:42 and the others were between 7:50 and 8:10. Why is my first mile always so slow compared to the rest of the run?
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We went to Tropical Smoothie and Panera afterwards, and I got a raspberry/strawberry/banana smoothie, mac and cheese, French bread, and a tomato mozzarella flatbread. It was amazing. Gotta replenish those carbs 😉
We had a very heated discussion about utensil usage in the consumption of macaroni and cheese because Panera gives you a spoon. After polling our friends, my side (spoons) lost dismally to forks. But…why would you not use a spoon? A spoon makes so much more sense than a fork! That way, you don’t lose any of the sauce or drop any pasta! I don’t understand the fork argument. Maybe if you’re eating Kraft mac and cheese (blech) and spearing the noodles on the fork prongs… Someone convince me.
I was very exhausted when I got home, so I tried to take a nap but was unable to fall asleep. Finally, I gave up and went to the gym to do my lower body strength routine, which resulted in a very sore lower body. I’ll do another post about my upper and lower body strength routines.
I took an ice bath and was too tired/lazy to make anything legitimate for dinner, so I had two toasted sandwiches made from French rolls, heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar. I also had milk, blackberries, and carrots, and then Ugandan dark chocolate (it was on sale at Harris Teeter, okay) and a peach for dessert.
Not the prettiest sandwiches in the world
Yay for busy summer days! Five days until California!