I decided I wanted a change of scenery to get me through, so I went to run on the same street that I did my 20-milers on. The last time I ran on it, I remember thinking how much it hurt my knee, because the sidewalk is so uneven.
Before I left, I ate a very indulgent breakfast:
After the kids got on the bus, I headed out. After I parked, I was even kind of procrastinating in my car, flipping through Runner's World. Finally, I decided I just need to do it. The first mile, I felt great. I covered up my Garmin with my sleeve, so that I could just run by feel instead of looking at my pace, trying to hit 10:24 mile after mile.
Then about a mile and a half in, I was just so tired. I think I need to re-order my runs each week, so that I'm not running a race-pace run on Thursday followed by a long run on Friday. Because by Friday, my body is tired! During mile three, I really tried to slow down to hopefully feel better. I kept imagining that I was running with a beginner runner friend, and I had to run at her pace. That worked for a mile or two, and then I actually did start to feel better.
If I went straight back to my car, it would be exactly six miles, so I had to run a little detour. I am so glad that I did! I ran on streets I never ran on before, and I actually had a couple of hills to run--actually they were bridges, but they inclined like hills :)
I was relieved to get back to the car and be done. I was pretty surprised when I saw my pace--I felt like I was going much slower than I actually was, which is probably why I felt so tired!
On the way home, I had to stop at the post office and then stop at Kroger for bread. While I was in Kroger, I decided to spend some of my weekly PointsPlus on ice cream. I got a pint of Butterfinger ice cream, which conveniently had 640 calories total--and I burned 660 on my run. It was meant to be, I think. So I ate ice cream for lunch :)
Then I spent all afternoon working on the sparkle skirt tutorial, not realizing how long that was going to take.
A. I only became a "tea person" over the past year, after giving up coffee. I gave up the coffee cold turkey, and it was rough, but I felt a million times better after a couple of weeks of being coffee-free. However, I really missed the routine of having a hot cup of coffee in the morning to start my day. So I decided to have tea.
I had a ton of different flavors of tea in my cupboard from the occasional cup I would drink. My favorite coffee replacement became Lipton black tea with 1 Tbsp. half & half and 1/2 tsp. sugar. Ellen, from Fat Girl Wearing Thin, wrote about tea on her blog one day, and it got me very curious about loose leaf tea (tea without a tea bag). I e-mailed her to ask about it, and I was interested enough to give it a try. I bought the Teavana PerfecTea Tea Maker and I absolutely loved it!
I was totally intimidated to use it at first, because it looked so complicated. But it's very simple. Here's how it works:
|This is the tea maker--it holds 16 fl. ounces|
|First, you just scoop the loose tea into the|
tea maker (I usually use 1.5 tsp per cup of
water, so 3 tsp. to fill the tea maker)
|Then you pour boiling water into it and close|
the lid (some teas are supposed to use different
temps of water, but I don't get technical like
that--I just boil it). Let it steep for the
recommended amount of time.
|After it steeps, just set the tea maker on top of|
your mug or tea cup. This releases a stopper
on the bottom, and the tea pours out of the
bottom and into your cup! The leaves stay
inside, and then you can rinse them out later.
|I don't know why it looks so white here,|
I know I didn't use THAT much half & half!