Once again, I had to choose to run uber-early in the morning at 4:00 a.m., or to run on the treadmill. I chose the treadmill. Monday's run on the treadmill actually wasn't all that bad, so I was hoping to have a good run today. Today is run #2 of marathon training: 15 minutes easy running, followed by (5 minutes tempo + 2 minutes easy)--repeat for a total of 4 times, then 10 minutes easy running.
I set my Garmin up for the intervals, and then forgot to start that workout on the Garmin... so I had to do it by memory instead of having the watch remind me. Which is how I managed to screw it up a little--I only did 10 minutes for a warm-up instead of 15. But I killed the rest of it, so I'm fine with that.
Even though the intervals were longer ones (5 minutes is long!), the workout went by pretty quickly. I watched a Lifetime movie while I was running. Too bad I'm caught up on The Bachelorette, because that passed the time much more quickly! I was thrilled when I saw my overall pace:
3/4 cup cold water
1/2 frozen banana
1.5 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
8 ice cubes
Using the cold water, frozen banana, and ice cubes makes the shake thick enough to eat with a spoon. It's not necessarily the best-tasting-shake-ever!, but it tastes really GOOD and the texture is awesome, and it works like magic on my appetite. It has 325 calories when made how I wrote it above, which isn't bad at all.
I haven't had meat in about a week, and so far it's been easy. Last night, I made chicken paprikash for the family, and mushroom paprikash for me. I used to make it all the time, and I forgot just how good it is!
Yesterday afternoon, my mom and I took the boys to the beach at the State Park. It was about 95 degrees outside, and the beach was pretty packed. I just sat in the shade and watched the boys play, and it was a really nice afternoon. We packed a little picnic to have for lunch, too.
But not a single kid looked miserable! Not a single kid complained about it being "too hot". The kids had a blast, and I'm sure they would have no idea it was a super hot day if it weren't for all the parents complaining about it. I certainly do my share of complaining about heat (just read my marathon race report!) but I know that yesterday was about the kids, and the kids were totally fine and happy to play ball despite it being 90 degrees outside. Kids are pretty resilient.
Actually, I used to complain about the heat much more--but my brother spent over 3 years in Iraq in the Army, and he used to post pics of the thermometers reading 120+ degrees. If those soldiers can do their jobs in that kind of heat, who am I to bitch about sitting through a baseball game in 90 degree weather?! (I try to keep that in mind on my summer runs, as well).
But anyway, today's run boosted my spirits a LOT! I'm going to have wine with Renee tonight, and put those calories burned to go use ;)