Today was my long run day! And I actually didn't wake up at 4:11 on the nose, like I usually do. Maybe because I wrote about it, I broke the cycle. But I was still up early, at 5:00. I just read in bed for a while before getting up.
I was sure I wanted to do the treadmill today, after last week's crappy run outside, getting chased by dogs. After the kids were on the bus, I set up the treadmill, put Sons of Anarchy on my computer, and started running. I wanted to hit a 8:44/mi pace average overall, because that's what I've done the previous few long runs, so I kept going back and fourth about every mile between 6.8 an 6.9 mph.
During the first mile, I started to feel that sharp cramp in my side again. I couldn't really figure out where it was coming from--it was just somewhere in my upper left quadrant. Today, I kind of thought it was coming from my back, and just radiating outward. I tried to run through it, because usually that works fine when I get a cramp, but this was different.
A mile and a half in, I stopped the treadmill and got off to stretch. I did some stretches for my back and abdomen, mostly, and after about two minutes of that, I got back on the treadmill. It was gone after that! I'm glad I stopped, otherwise it would have been a painful 12 miles.
I made it through two and a half episodes of Sons of Anarchy, and as soon as I hit 12 miles, I stopped the Garmin and just walked until that third episode was done.
Oh, and for those of you that read yesterday's post and were asking how I increased my running speed recently, I did write a post about it. You can find it here. It's not a big secret--to run faster, I just run faster ;)
After showering, I sat in front of my laptop for a long time, preparing a few blog posts. Since I'm going to be gone tomorrow and Sunday, I have no idea if I'll have time to write (most likely not), so I have a couple posts ready to go live while I'm gone. Tomorrow, I'll be posting the before and after photos that people have e-mailed to me recently (a spin-off of Motivational Monday); and on Sunday, I have a guest post from a blogger-friend of mine that I'm sure you'll enjoy :)
I was actually so busy that I didn't eat lunch until 1:00, and I didn't even think about getting my cookie sandwich until this afternoon--crazy, I know! But I'd burned nearly 1,000 calories, so I sure as shit was going to get my cookie ;)
Jerry had to go weigh in at Weight Watchers. Did I mention that he joined? He was only about 10 pounds from goal when he joined--he's lost 80 pounds now! He has just one more pound to go until he reaches his WW goal. So we went to WW, and then to the mall to get my cookie.
I opted for the sugar cookie sandwich instead of the chocolate chip...
We talked about going to a movie, but I just really wasn't in the mood to sit through a movie in the theater. I'm a little nervous about my class this weekend, and I just wouldn't be able to concentrate on a movie. So we just went home instead.
The boys are spending the night with my parents, so we were planning to have a date night tonight--it looks like we may just stay home. I have a VERY early day tomorrow... I am going to leave at 4:00 AM to go to Dayton. My class is at 8:00, and it's a 3 hour drive, but I want to leave early just in case there is traffic or an accident, or whatever on the way. So I'll be setting the alarm for 3:00 AM. Yikes!
I've been getting upwards of 40-50 spam comments on my blog PER DAY, and it's really a chore to keep deleting them (my spam filter only catches about half of them). Since I'm going to be in class all weekend, I won't be able to keep up with it. I'm going to turn the captcha code thing on for a few days (starting with this post). I despise those things, and I rarely comment on blogs that use them because I'm terrible at figuring out what the letters and numbers are, but I'll turn it off when I'm back home.
I'll probably post on Instagram and on Twitter while I'm gone, but I won't have another "real" post until next week. Wish me luck!