I'd also like to say thanks for the encouraging comments on my last post. It always helps to know that I'm not alone--whether with weight management, or depression and anxiety. Yesterday was a rougher day than usual for me, and I'm glad I ended up mentioning it on my blog.
Nothing like a good run to make me feel better, though! This morning, I had four miles at easy run pace on the schedule. I had to do the treadmill today. Over the past year or so, I've actually made peace with the 'mill. I used to hate with a passion, but once I started setting up my computer to watch a good show on Netflix, I realized it's not so bad. I don't dread running on it anymore.
The one drawback to running on the treadmill instead of outside (for me) is that I don't get the same kind of "runner's high" that I get from running outside. There is something about running outside that just makes me feel sweaty and beat-up, like I really did something good for my body. Physically, I get that from the treadmill (sweaty and beat-up), but I don't get that same feeling mentally. I hope that makes sense; it's hard to describe.
But anyway, I set the pace at a 9:00/mi and just ran and watched Pretty Little Liars. That show is VERY addicting, by the way! Four miles flew by pretty quickly, and 36 minutes later, I was done. I felt kind of tired today, but I think that's because of the rough (mental) day I had yesterday.
I spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon working on little projects in the house. I cleaned out a few cupboards and drawers. I wish I'd done it a long time ago; it didn't take long, and they look so much better! Here are a few before/after pics:
|Random junk drawer in the kitchen|
|This one still isn't super organized, but it does look neater|
This afternoon, we went over to my parents' house, and my dad said that the cherries were ripe on his cherry tree if we wanted to pick some. They have to be picked within a few days, because the birds eat them otherwise. I picked one to try, and it was SO good (I love sweet cherries!) so Jerry got out a ladder and we picked a bag to take home.
I really want a fruit tree. When we first moved in here (10 years ago), I planted an apple tree. Some jackass ripped it out of the ground shortly after I planted it, and it died. I tried again the following year, and that one died, too (not sure why). Finally, I planted one that lasted a while. After two years, there were four apples that grew on it, and I was so excited! Then my dad told me that I needed to cut the tips of the branches to help it grow better (or something like that). So I did.
Yep, it died. I haven't tried again, but I would love to have some sort of fruit tree! The cherries are a huge mess, but an apple tree would be nice.
The kids' baseball game was canceled again today. We've been having thunderstorms all week long. Today, my brother, Nathan, was supposed to come watch them play, so I was really disappointed that it was canceled. Hopefully the storms cool everything off for my long run in the morning ;)
I have to run 12 miles tomorrow, and after last week's long run, I'm a little nervous. I'm going to run based on my heart rate, rather than my pace, so hopefully I won't feel as exhausted as I did last week. Last week wasn't terrible, but I was definitely feeling every step of the last few miles.
I got my new shipment of David's Tea today! I tried the Oh, Canada! rooibos this afternoon, and I really liked it. It definitely has the rooibos flavor, so if you don't like that, then you probably wouldn't like it. (Does anyone else think that rooibos tea smells/tastes like a cigar smells? Sounds strange, but that's what it reminds me of, and I like it). The Mint Chocolate rooibos smells heavenly, so I'm going to make that one tomorrow. I'm excited to try the rest!