Sunday, December 26, 2010

From One Bad Run to the Next...

I can tell you one thing, there are lot of ways to describe the way I feel today and healthy is not one of them.

It's like I have a gross disgusting hangover from all of the sugary, fattening Christmas food that just won't go away. I can tell that I've put on a couple pounds without even getting on the scale, and I just want to get back to my old routine so I can get back to normal.

This morning I woke up and munched on a piece of whole-grain toast with peanut butter and half of a banana spread on it. Then, Melissa and I drove over to the Civic Center for a run.

She's training for a 25K (WOWZA!) in May (I'm planning on running the 10K in the same race) and she had a 5 mile run scheduled for today. She did great and ran the full distance in about 43 minutes!

The training plan that I'm planning on following doesn't start until February, but I have a couple of 5Ks planned before that so I need to stay up on top of my running. However, today was right on par with the past 3 runs that I've done: It went horribly.

That is supposed to be my sad face, fyi.

For some reason, my body has just been working against me every time I try to run lately and [enter whiney voice] it's just too hard! I made it just over 1/2 a mile today (I was attempting a 5K) before I started making up excuses to stop my chest started hurting and I got really tired of running. I ended up running/walking for about 3.5 miles, which consisted of running about 1/2 mile and then walking another 3/4 of a mile. I keep telling myself it's better than nothing, but let's be real: I know for a FACT that I can do better. I've done it before.

Enter plan for improvement: As I said earlier in the post, I've been feeling totally gross and not like myself lately and I think these bad runs are contibuting to that. Tomorrow's scheduled workout consists of an arm (biceps and triceps) routine along with a 2 mile run. I think that part of my problem is that I don't run outside enough, so I'm going to hit the gym early for my arm lift and then head to the Civic Center to do my 2 miles, and I WILL complete those 2 miles. I have all of you to hold me accountable, right?

My next 5K is on January 15th, and my goal is to beat my previous time of 35:09. Hopefully by pushing myself with the outside running, along with getting my eating habits back on track, I'll be back to my old self soon.

After we finished our workout, showered and changed, we went downtown to Bubba's for an early birthday lunch (mine's tomorrow!) since Melissa had to head back to Mt. Pleasant tonight. She told me that she loved their veggie burgers, and after I read the menu description I knew what I was ordering!

Holy moly. As a first time veggie-burger consumer, I could not have picked a better place to order one. This thing was delicious!

Yes, those are big old chunks of avocado in that beast. YUM.

We spent the rest of the day shopping at the mall and hitting up the after-Christmas sales.

Oh yeah, and we (well, mostly I) snacked on her mom's homemade white chocolate peanut butter fudge.

I haven't had dinner yet, but if I get hungry later you can bet I'll be eating a spinach salad with a side of carrots.

P.S. I mentioned in a previous post that I was reading Ultra Marathon Man, by Dean Karnazes. I'm not much of a reader, but damn this is a good book! I only started it yesterday and I'm 2/3 of the way through already!

 If anyone can motivate you to run, it's this guy. I think he is some kind of super-human. Seriously, you should read it.


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