First up, yesterday's food log:
I know that my diet is far from perfect, but the reason I chose to post my food logs this month is for the accountability of tracking over the holidays. I'm going to have some good days, and probably some really not-so-good days as far as my diet goes, but my goal is just to track it no matter what--good or bad. The accountability of tracking helps me not to grab a handful of almonds here, or lick the peanut butter knife there. I know there are lots of things I could do better, but this month, my main goal is accountability.
I recently reactivated my Active Link, which is why I earned an Activity PP on a rest day. I always go back and forth with the Active Link; on one hand, I love that it pushes me to be more active outside of my running, but on the other hand, I think it gives me too many Activity PP. I'm going to use it this month, just to see what happens.
Today, I had 3 miles at a hard effort on the schedule. Lately, a hard effort has been anything under 9:00/mile, so that was my goal. When I walked Noah to the bus stop, it was really cold outside, and I thought for sure I wanted to run on the treadmill. But then after walking back home, I realized it wouldn't be so bad, and it was only 3 miles. Last winter kind of turned me into a big baby about the cold! I used to love temps in the 20's for running.
I decided on my favorite three-mile route, and then headed out in Cold Gear and a fleece jacket. I always feel nervous about running at a hard effort for some reason. It's not like anyone is going to care if I don't hit my goal of sub-9:00's, but I get nervous just the same.
The first half-mile, I felt pretty good, and thought, "I can do this!" But it got hard after that. I wanted to slow down, but I knew I could make it three miles at that pace. I think the problem may have been that I hadn't eaten breakfast before my run. A couple of years ago, I would always run on an empty stomach, and I really preferred that. Then, I started marathon training, so I would eat breakfast before running. And I must have just gotten used to it. Since I was going to be running hard today, I thought I'd wait until I got home to eat; but I probably could have used some carbs beforehand.
Miles one and two were almost identical in pace--8:46.5 and 8:46.8. I started slowing down at the beginning of the third mile, and saw 8:50 on my watch. Then I tried hard to bump it up a little, and managed to pull off 8:32. I took a walk around the block to cool down a bit and catch my breath. It was a tough run, but it felt SO good when I was done! I always love the way I feel after a run at a particularly hard effort.
It feels really good to hit some running goals again! I felt like I was just getting slower and slower all year, which was deflating my confidence in running; but with a little effort, I'm getting better. And it's fun to start dreaming big with my goals again.
This afternoon, I made some tea and somehow got caught up in a movie on Lifetime Movie Network: 13 Going on 30. I had meant to sit down and read, but with the movie playing, I ended up watching the movie and then reading my book through the commercials.
I was reading "It Was Me All Along", a memoir by blogger Andie Mitchell (mine is a galley copy, but it will be released publicly in January). I'm sure I'll write more about the book once I finish (love it so far!), but it was kind of freaky at one point--I was reading along, and Andie mentioned the movie 13 Going on 30 in the book as I was watching the movie (I had never heard of this movie prior to today). Quite the coincidence!
Well, I've got to research some German desserts! Noah brought home a paper from school yesterday asking if I can send in a German dessert (because our background is German, the kids are writing reports on their backgrounds). I'm clueless as to what desserts are German, so this should be interesting ;)