All winter long, when my kids had snow day after snow day, and the temps were ridiculously below zero, I swore that come summer, I wouldn't complain about the heat. No matter what. At that time, I assumed that we'd at least have a spring! It seems to have jumped from winter to summer, with a short week full of rain and thunderstorms in-between.
Today, I had a strength run on the schedule: 3 x 2 miles at 8:50-ish pace with 800-meter recovery jogs. Plus a one-mile warm-up, which made an 8.5 mile run total. I was working on some blog stuff this morning after I got the kids on the bus, and then by the time I headed out for a run, it was after 10:00.
As soon as I stepped outside, I realized I was going to have a hell of a time trying to reach an 8:50 pace for this run. It was SO HUMID outside. After all the rain we've had, the moisture was just hanging in the air. As soon as I started my "warm-up", I decided that I wasn't going to do intervals, after all. I would just do an easy run.
It felt so hard! I was pouring sweat just a half mile into the run. I'd loaded up on sunscreen, which started to drip into my eyes, and my eyes were burning. I wasn't even sure I'd make it three miles, which is the bare minimum I even run. A half-mile in, I saw my pace was at about 10:00/mi, and I decided to try to pick it up to 9:00/mi, just to see how it felt, and I quickly realized there was no way that was happening today.
So I just suffered through four miles, feeling sticky and gross, and my legs felt like lead.
A bad run is nothing new--it happens sometimes, and I'm fine with that. But I've been having a trend of them lately, and it's getting really discouraging. Today's run is really making me dread this summer, when it's hot all the time. It also made me reconsider my sub-1:50 half-marathon goal.
I think I'm just getting really burnt out on the heavy mileage. I started following Hansons' Marathon Method last July in order to train for the Chicago Marathon, and I've been running six days a week (5+ miles each) ever since. I really liked it for a while, but I'm getting so sick of the same old running routes, and never running anything less than five miles at a time. I miss my short and fast three-milers! Since I live on a peninsula, there really aren't many options for running from my house--there is only one road in and out. I can tell you every single bump, pothole, rock, bend, and piece of roadkill along that road!
So I decided that I'm not going to use Hansons' Method to train for the half-marathons this fall. I'll write my own plan, something that I'm happy with, and I'll see how it goes. If a sub-1:50 is a possibility, then I'll go for it; but if not, then I'm willing to wait until I feel more excited about training. My best races are usually in the spring, so maybe I'll go for it then.
I'd like to cut back to 4-5 days a week of running, and less mileage. Right now, though, I just have to get through the training for the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival--in less than four weeks! I can't believe it's coming up so fast. I'm really excited about it, but kind of nervous about how hard it's going to be.
A lot of people have asked how I like my Fitbit, and I love it! It is SO motivating to get me out and moving. I just got a report from my first week of wearing it:
My favorite part about it is that I can "compete" with my friends who have a Fitbit. I started at the bottom of the list, and worked my way to the top throughout the week. Seeing my name climb the leaderboard motivated me to go out and walk a little extra whenever I could.
I have found the step count and distance to be pretty accurate. I can't really say how accurate the calorie burn is, but it is very consistent and from what I can tell, seems accurate enough. My main reason for wearing it, though, is to push myself to move more throughout the day, and it has definitely done that.
This afternoon, I booked our big family vacation. I wrote about it briefly before, but we ultimately ended up deciding to go to an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. We had been planning to go in early December, but I was waiting and waiting for the charter flight schedule to come out. My sister is pretty much my travel agent (she's traveled all over, and I can basically just tell her to find us a trip, and she'll plan something perfect!). There was a really great deal on the Dreams resort in Punta Cana, so we went ahead and booked it through Apple Vacations today.
I'm SO excited! We'll be going the last week of August, and staying for seven nights. We've been saving up for this trip, thinking it was going to cost a fortune (we've never gone on a big vacation like this before); but the total--including airfare, hotel, all food, drinks, trip insurance, etc.--is only about $3400. I say "only" because I was assuming it would be double that!
The trip gives me a whole new incentive to get back to goal weight. If I work really hard, and stop half-assing my attempts at getting back to goal, I can BE at goal when we leave. Lately, I've been doing well for about five days a week, and then I have two bad days--which is a wash, really. I've been going up and down with the same couple of pounds. Jerry really wants to get in good shape for the trip, too. He's still under his Weight Watchers goal weight, but he wants to lose about 10 pounds.
Tonight, I'm going to write up a meal plan for the week, and I'm going to try to include all of the Good Health Guidelines. The Good Health Guidelines are the meeting topic at Weight Watchers tomorrow, so I'm going to do my best to fit them in this week. The Good Health Guidelines are to get in two servings of dairy, two teaspoons of healthy oil, five servings of fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains, lean protein, six cups of water, etc., per day.
One last thing... I found these at Kroger the other day, and because I love jalapeños, I just had to try them...
They are SO good! I like the KIND bars almost as much as my beloved Clif bars, and these ones are definitely my new favorite flavor. They taste like spicy nuts, but they're not too spicy. Very mild, but with a lot of jalapeño flavor!