I feel like I had a very productive day today! I love those kinds of days, where I feel busy all day, but not stressed. The morning was a little chaotic, however. I got the kids ready for school and as soon as they left, I had about 50 minutes to do my tempo run, shower, dress, and head out the door to meet Renee and Andrea for tea.
I was actually a little nervous for my tempo run, because I was going to try and keep my pace at around 8:42/mile. That's pretty fast for me, and I knew it would be tough. As soon as the kids got on the bus, I was ready to run. I started with a five minute warm-up at an easy pace, and then when my Garmin beeped, I started running hard for the next 25 minutes.
I loved it and hated it at the same time--it was hard, and I wanted to stop, but I was so happy to be running fast (for me). The weather was awesome again today--34 degrees :) It's funny how 34 degrees is "nice" in the morning for a run, but freezing when doing anything other than running!
I made it back to my house and didn't even get a chance to check out my pace because I had to jump in the shower. Later, though, I was very happy with how I did!
Today's run also got me to reach 1,000 miles for 2012!
After my run and super fast shower, I headed out to meet Renee and Andrea, and got there right on time. I ordered a caramelized pear tea, and it was really good. I was excited to hear about Renee's marathon. She had registered for the marathon in Indianapolis when she decided not to run the NYC marathon (before they canceled it). She said up until mile 17 she was on target to qualify for Boston (she hadn't been training for that, but she thought maybe she could do it). Then her legs just kind of bonked, and it was all she could do to finish the race. She still finished in a great time, however--4:00:xx--just seconds over four hours.
When I got home, I made a "jalapeno popper grilled cheese" (from the HG cookbook). I was very impressed with it, and don't know why I never thought to add jalapenos to a grilled cheese before.
find the tutorial here. It's much more detailed than this collage I threw together):
Working on those kept me so busy all afternoon that I didn't even think to stop and have a snack. That almost never happens ;) Since I didn't have an afternoon snack, I had a lot of PointsPlus left after dinner, and chose to use them on a high-PP indulgence...
Yesterday marked eight full weeks of being binge-free... my longest streak since I was losing the weight. Giving up peanut butter for six weeks helped me a LOT. I have a hard time with having "just a little" of something--it's much easier for me to not have it at all, at least for a while.
I thought I might go a little nuts with the peanut butter once my challenge was over, but I haven't had much of it at all, actually. Today's spoon was the first full serving I've had. It was good, but I didn't feel the wanting to go back for a second spoonful, so that is good progress!