Until last month, I'd done more MARATHONS than I did 5K's, because 5K's are tough! (Now I've done three of each). Anyway, I read the RW article this morning, and I love the idea of bringing back the 5K ;) The training for a 5K is pretty much the opposite of marathon training--it's mostly short and fast runs, versus the long and slow runs for marathons. I'm feeling so burnt out on the higher mileage I've been doing, and I'd love to do some short and hard runs to feel that "runner's high" again.
After the Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival next month, I'll take a week or so off of running, and then start with 5K training for the summer. I haven't really chosen a goal race, because there are always 5K's going on, so I'll wait until mid- to late-summer to pick a goal race. I'd like to aim for a sub-24:00 finish time. My best training time for a 5K is 24:04, so I think sub-24:00 is reasonable. I have a couple of half-marathons that I'm registered for this fall, but I'll use those as long training runs, rather than trying to race them. I really enjoy half-marathons when I'm running them for fun.
Anyway, I didn't weigh in this morning, at home or at Weight Watchers. I snacked way too much last night, and I felt so puffy when I woke up. My ring wouldn't even come off of my finger! So I just didn't want to see the scale today. At Weight Watchers, I paid my dues, but didn't weigh in.
I always like going to meetings because it makes me feel a renewed sense of motivation. I may even try to go to another meeting before next Wednesday, just to keep me motivated. Today, we talked about the Good Health Guidelines. The easiest one for me is probably the healthy oils. I use oil to cook, and my favorite way to get in the two teaspoons of healthy oil is to drizzle it over air-popped popcorn, and then sprinkle it with salt. The oil makes the popcorn so good! The most difficult Good Health Guideline for me is vegetables. Veggies just seem to take so much effort and time to prepare.
On the way home from Weight Watchers, my mom asked if we could stop at Meijer for a few groceries. I picked up a few things, and then I was waiting for my mom at the front of the store, when I heard someone say, "Katie?"
It's kind of funny, because I just wrote a few days ago that while I've been recognized at races a few times, it's very rare that a reader recognizes me in a public spot like a grocery store. The woman who recognized me today was SO sweet! Her name is Yvette. She asked for a picture, and even though I was dressed like a slob (I look like I was going to head out to run, but that was actually after I'd showered, haha), of course we got a pic!
Yvette has lost 108 pounds, and she's going to be in Woman's World in July! I'm so excited to read her story. All I know is that she lost the weight through diet and walking on her treadmill. She looks amazing, and she is so nice!
Jerry and I went on a walk this afternoon, so that we could get in some steps. It's hard to get in 10,000 steps on my rest days, but it's nice to go for a walk together in the afternoons. Today wasn't hot or humid like it was yesterday, and it was actually a little bit cool while we were walking. We got 3/4 of a mile into the walk when it started drizzling. And then soon, it was pouring rain!
We were really close to my parents' house, so we stopped there to get Ziploc baggies for our phones (priorities, right?). I was already soaked, so there was no reason not to keep walking. We'd planned to walk three miles, but cut it a little short and did just two. Still, I was happy to get in my steps.
When we got back, we were both freezing and soaked to the bone, so we changed clothes and made some tea. I recently placed an order at David's, and noticed that they had a new flavor:
I ordered some (how could I not?) and we tried it this afternoon. It was really good! I love coconut, and you can really taste it in this tea.
I'm ready to get cozy in my pajamas and watch a movie with Jerry tonight. Today is the 15-year anniversary of our first date!