My internal alarm clock is so strange. Every Thursday evening, I fill my quart-sized water bottle and place it on my nightstand. Since my long run is on Friday, I like to be well-hydrated when I run, but I don't want to have to stop and pee during my run, so I like to drink it as early as possible. When I put it on my nightstand, I think that it will be there "just in case" I wake up at 4 or 5:00 in the morning.
For the past four weeks, I've done the same routine with my water bottle; and each and every Friday morning, I wake up at 4:11 on the nose. I drink my water, then manage to go back to sleep for an hour or two. I just find it so weird that it's always 4:11--not 4:10, or 4:12, but 4:11!
This morning, I had such a hard time deciding whether to run outside or on the treadmill. As much as I hate the boringness of the treadmill, it has its advantages--at the top of the list right now is Jax and Sons of Anarchy ;) But also, if I should get thirsty, I have water; I have access to a bathroom if needed; and I don't have to wonder what to wear or worry about extra layers of clothes.
I decided to run outside, since I did the treadmill last week. I got dressed in my Cold Gear running tights, a tank and a fleece jacket, my gloves, hat, and all of that... then I sat to wait for it to get light outside. Since I run on busy roads, I don't like to run in the dark. While I was waiting, I changed my mind and decided to run on the treadmill.
I took off all my warm clothes, and changed into my treadmill clothes. Then I set up my computer to watch SoA, and was about to start the 'mill, when I changed my mind again! So I changed back into my warm clothes, and before I could change my mind yet again, I headed out to run.
My run was bad, from beginning to end. I underestimated the wind; Jillian's podcast was incredibly boring; there was a lot of traffic on the road today; I encountered THREE unleashed dogs (separate parts of the run) and all of them scared me to death with the barking, growling, and chasing; I had to change my route due to said dogs; and I got a VERY sharp stomach cramp with just a half-mile to go. I really wished I'd chosen the treadmill after all, but at least I finished and it's done now!
I even managed a good pace, but I did stop the Garmin when I had to deal with the dogs. I showered, ate a (healthy) lunch, and then headed to Mrs. Fields to spend my activity PointsPlus on a cookie sandwich! I got the same thing I got last week (and the week before...).
During the first part of my run today, I was thinking about how incentives like my cookie are what keep me going. Would I run 12 miles today if I didn't reward myself with a sweet treat? Honestly, no, I probably wouldn't. I love the way running makes me feel, but I feel good after running just three miles, too; running the extra miles lets me indulge on some stuff that I wouldn't be able to fit into my diet otherwise ;)
Also, knowing that I'm going to treat myself on Fridays helps me get through the rest of the week while staying on plan. Sometimes, when I'm tempted to binge, I'll tell myself that if I really want it, I can have it on Friday after my long run, when I've already burned those calories. I always use my long run day to treat myself to something indulgent.
Since we brought back Pizza Friday last week, we ordered pizza for dinner tonight. Between my cookie this afternoon, and the pizza for dinner, I used a big hunk of activity PointsPlus and weekly PP. I would much prefer to make homemade pizza on Fridays, but my kids like getting it from "the pizza store". I planned to eat two pieces, but it was so good that I ended up eating a third piece.
I should have stopped after two, because I wasn't even hungry when I had the third. Then I had a stomachache afterward--not from being full, but probably because I'm not used to eating that much cheese and grease? I think next week, I'll make my own and the family can order out. That's what I did the whole time I was losing weight, and it tastes much better than restaurant pizza!
I think that the cookie was probably the highlight of my day today--between my crappy run, my stomachache, and a headache, I wasn't too happy today. We don't have any plans tomorrow, so I think I may start a new project of some sort...