As promised, I am posting my food log from yesterday:
It's kind of interesting how easy it was to stay on track when I knew I was going to be posting it! ;)
I ran a few miles in the morning at a really easy pace, and it felt fantastic. I didn't look at my Garmin at all, and just let my mind wander, and I felt really good the entire time. I expected my pace to be in the 11:00's, but it ended up being 10:12 average (my heart rate was low, at 141). I hope that means my easy pace is getting easier and I'm starting to get faster? We'll see.
Today, I had intervals on the schedule: 6 x 400's. It was cold and windy this morning, and I really just wanted to do the intervals on the treadmill. I ran a quarter mile at 6.0 mph (10:00/mi pace) to warm up, but I noticed my Garmin was reading 9:00/mile. I stopped the treadmill to figure out what the deal was, and somehow the foot pod calibration had reset to 103.9% (it should have been at 93.9%). So after changing it back to 93.9%, it matched the reading on the treadmill.
I ran another quarter mile at 6.0, and then for my intervals, I decided to do 8.0 mph. In between, I jogged a quarter mile recovery at 5.5 mph. I think the 8.0 was perfect--not so hard that I wanted to die, but not easy. Next time I may try 8.1 or 8.2. I did 6 repeats, and then jogged a quarter mile to cool down. In the end, the workout looked like this:
|The random drop in pace at the beginning was when |
I hopped off the treadmill to turn on the fan
I've been craving steel cut oats lately, but they are such a pain in the ass to make, that I haven't made them. You may remember all of my steel cut oats incidents from the past--they either burn, or undercook, or overflow, or anything else that could possibly go wrong. Then I finally learned to cook them to where they are perfect, but they take forever. So last night, I went to Kroger to buy some, and then put them on the stove to cook while Jerry and I watched Breaking Bad (I'm watching it for the second time with him, because he'd never seen it; we're on Season 3). It took about an hour, but I had four servings of the oats to keep in the fridge for breakfast this week.
While I was at Kroger yesterday, I noticed that they have medjool dates again! I love dates, but I haven't been able to find them for a couple of years. I bought some, and today I split a couple of them open and spread them with a tiny bit of peanut butter. The dates are 0 PointsPlus, and the amount of peanut butter I used was only 1 PP total. A good snack!
My brother, Nathan, and I signed up for a race on December 14th. It's the Santa Hustle Half-Marathon at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio.
It's kind of far to drive--1.5 hours--but I really wanted to do it. I think it'll be fun to run around the park when all the rides are shut down for the winter. I'm hoping for good weather! If the weather cooperates (no ice or snow), then I'm going to shoot for sub-2:03. According to the McMillen Calculator, and based on the 10K I just ran, I should be able to do a half in 2:02:52 (a 9:23/mi pace). But I would be happy with anything faster than the Monroe Half I did last month (2:08-something). Anyway, we're not staying the night down there, so we'll just have to get up and out the door early in order to get there on time. It looks like a fun race! Anyone else doing it?