Literally five minutes later, I was on the treadmill. I was scheduled for five miles today, and I did a tempo run. I ran one mile at 6.0, then bumped it up to 6.5 and ran three miles, then went back down to 6.0 for the last mile. I watched Nip/Tuck again, and I was done running before I even fully woke up!
I told my mom yesterday that I would go garage sale-ing with her this morning, so I had been planning to just run when I got home; but getting it out of the way beforehand was so much better. I showered, and then woke up the kids and got them ready for school. I made a quick chocolate raspberry protein shake for breakfast, and then my mom picked me up.
Someone recently asked me if I eat before or after I run in the mornings. I've tried it both ways, and I much prefer to eat after I run. I love to sit down and take my time eating breakfast while I read e-mail, and I wouldn't really be able to relax if I was waiting to go out for a run. Also, eating before I run sometimes gives me an upset stomach midway through the run.
The only exception to this is when I have a longer run scheduled (like 12+ miles). If I'm running, say, 16 miles that day, and likely wouldn't get home and showered until lunchtime, I'll eat a small breakfast (toast with peanut butter, or half a serving of oatmeal with a little peanut butter) before I run. And when I'm running more than 12 miles, I have Gatorade and/or Gu during my run.
Some people say it's better to eat before you run, some say it's fine to wait until after... but like I always say, one thing I learned while losing weight was to screw what everyone else says and do what works for ME ;) What works for me may be the opposite of what works for others, and vice versa.
Along with my mom and me were two of my mom's friends, and we picked up my aunt while we were out. There was a city-wide sale, but unfortunately, not many of the sales started today. I only bought a couple of things--I got a skateboard for Eli (he just asked me yesterday if he could get one, and I found one today for $5); a couple of hoodies for me (that's what happens when I'm psyched for fall!); and the movie Gremlins for the boys.
|$1 Hollister hoodie... it's a little big, but this is|
the most COMFY hoodie I've ever worn in my life!
|I paid $4 for this Gilly Hicks hoodie, but I don't have|
a pink hoodie, and it is super soft inside!
Sunday will be exactly six weeks until my marathon. I'm thinking about doing some sort of challenge for myself. I really liked doing my Wii Active 30-Day Challenge, and it gave me something to really work toward. One idea I have is to burn an extra 100 calories every day--something above and beyond what I would normally do. One hundred calories wouldn't require too much extra effort, and it would be fun to think of creative ways to do it. I was also thinking maybe it should be some sort of food challenge, since I really can't seem to drop these 10 pounds I picked up. I'll think about it some more today and tomorrow, and then start the challenge on Sunday!