I had such a fantastic tempo run yesterday!
While it was tempting to do it on the treadmill, I decided to give it a try outside and see how it compared to last week's tempo run. The distance was the same (five miles), so I was hoping that I'd be able to run outside at the same pace, or even faster, than last week's tempo.
Once I got outside, though, I couldn't remember what my pace was last week, haha. I decided just to run whatever it ended up being for the first mile, and from there, I'd try to see what I could do. My run/walk intervals were set to 5:00 run and 0:30 walk. Toward the end of the first mile, I could see my pace was right around 10:00, so I decided then to see if I could hit a sub-10:00 mile. And I did!
Then, I decided to see if I could go for two sub-10:00's in a row. And that's how it went for the rest of the run... "Let's see if I can do just one more!" My overall pace, including my walk breaks, ended up being 9:47/mile! That was the best run I've had in a long time. I compared it to last week's tempo on the treadmill, because I love looking at the stats. (The one on the left is today, the one on the right is last week's.)
My heart rate (which isn't shown on here) was MUCH higher outside than on the 'mill. It was hot outside with the sun beating down, which I think is what made it feel harder outside. But I'm glad to know that the treadmill isn't going to set me back in training any, because I actually really like using it sometimes.
I don't know what is wrong with me the past few days, but I have had NO appetite. I never skip meals, but I skipped breakfast yesterday because the thought of food was just so unappealing. I've been hungry, but nothing sounds good at all. It's so odd! I'm sure this won't last long ;)
I had a doctor's appointment yesterday for my annual physical. I have to get one for my insurance company each year. I had my blood work done (a lipid profile and my fasting glucose) the day before, so the results were ready when I got to my appointment. My weight was only up a fraction of a pound from last year, so I guess that's good. I'd prefer it to be 25 pounds less, but at least I haven't put on weight over the last year! All my other numbers were normal, so that's good.
I also wanted to talk to my doctor about my back pain. I've had upper back pain ever since I was a kid, and in 2007 I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis and arthritis. The arthritis has gotten worse over the years, even with my weight loss, and this past year, it's gotten to be the worst it's ever been. It's really starting to affect my day-to-day life. My doctor wants to do some x-rays and an MRI, and she also wants me to go to an orthopedist. Hopefully we can find out what's going on and get it under control. Geez, this past year has made me feel like I'm a hundred years old with all these bone issues! ;)
I just realized that Jerry's and my 12-year anniversary is coming up. It's on August 16th. We don't have any plans, and we don't usually do much to celebrate it, but I'm thinking I want to celebrate this year. We just went to NYC, using up Jerry's vacation time, so we really can't do a trip. I'll have to think about it. Any suggestions?