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Cooler Temps = Hotter Legs

Posted Aug 17 2010 7:20pm

Training Calls for: 3 miles

Miles Run So Far: 176.1

Days left: 77

I dedicate this morning’s super awesome 3 miler to Mother Nature for her choice of moderately heavy fog and 63 degree temperatures this morning. I couldn’t have done it without you, girl.

I ran my little legs off this morning and achieved a new Personal Record for a 5K. We (Sam and I) were supposed to run just 3 miles, but once it was all plugged into RunKeeper online and mapped out, it was realized we ran 3.09 miles. I’d say that’s good enough for me to count it as a 5K ;) . The weather was just perfect. Cooler temps = hotter legs. A heavy fog blanketed our neighborhood and the neighborhood just a street over, so the entire run, I felt like I was in a mister. Awesome. Did I mention it was 63? Yep. 63 glorious degrees. Someone cue the Hallelujah chorus.

I had a good feeling about this run and I was right. It was just the kind of run I needed to reinvigorate for this week’s training. Last week bombed and it’s hard to get out of bed and lace up the sneaks when all you can think about is how hot it will be or how tired you will feel. This was exactly what the marathon doctor ordered.

I try not to make a big deal out of pace or time on this blog because that differs from person to person. I know for me, reading about other (more experienced/advanced) runners’ splits and crazy fast time only made me feel like I was never going to be that good. I would never be able to move that fast for that long a period of time. Since this blog isn’t about defeating people before they start, I choose not to tell you what my PR is. Just know that I made one. Running is an activity that builds upon itself — your joy comes from the little victories and leaves you wanting more. You know how you feel when you’ve run just one more tenth of a mile farther or just a few more minutes longer than last time?

That’s how I felt this morning, and that’s all you need to know.

I think some of the power is from my snazzy, matchy-matchy outfit ;) .

Ha. I usually try NOT to match, but it happened on accident this morning. My running wardrobe is brought to you by Champion (and when I say “brought to you by” I mean “brought to you because I buy”). I got this top over the weekend at a discount store for $5. It’s moisture wicking and antimicrobial (so I didn’t smell nearly as manly!). Ah, hello priorities, my how you’ve changed. I used to geek out over shoes, now, I geek out over one style of shoe (running) and antimicrobial running shirts. Wow.

Breakfast of champions:

Green Monster Smoothie (containing 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup light vanilla soymilk, 3 handfuls spinach, 1 T PB and a frozen like a rock banana) and coffee with organic half and half. I’m trying to cut back on unnecessary over-sweetening, starting with my coffee. Agave is a special addition now. Maybe just for weekends. It’s all about the little changes.

One mostly uneventful dentist appointment later, I was eating lunch at my desk. I would have rather been outside since the gorgeous weather continued, but there was work to do and food to eat.

Pretty standard fare for lunch, except for this little tuna pack:

Bumblebee Sensations: Sundried Tomato & Basil seasoned Tuna Medley. I normally avoid the pre-packaged lunch options, but when I spied this over the weekend, the ingredient list convinced me to buy it. It was natural and looked tasty, even if the can itself reminded me of cat food.

Verdict? Delicious! A little on the light side, but the whole thing (tuna + crackers) was 200 calories, so it wasn’t too light to leave me unsatisfied.

Dinner tonight is an old favorite:   Pecan Crusted Chicken , courtesy of the double R.

I love this recipe because it is simple to assemble, quick to cook and always impresses the taste buds. Hmm, maybe I’ve been watching too much Mad Men lately? I sound like an ad! I wonder how Don Draper would sell a simple side salad?

Or classic cantaloupe?

I’ll leave the heavy mental lifting to him. I’m off to cheer Sam on in his final softball game (finally — that man is over-scheduled actively, in my opinion, between softball, CrossFit, marathon training and the occasional soccer game!) See you tomorrow for a couple of product reviews…

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