This morning, I ran 2.1 miles (to be exact). I have to admit that I did the short run because well, I was a little bit scared. I know it's silly - the allergist said I'm fine and all that. But it was like recurring nightmares of back when I was 16 and almost died. So I decided 1st day on the open road (and yes, I'm still running by myself because this whole trying to have someone to workout when I'm able in my crazy schedule ends up with me not working out and last night I decided it was enough), I would go 2 miles. I didn't wear a heart rate monitor or a watch. I simply noted the time when I left and when I got back.
During my run, I thought that perhaps my asthma was acting up (which I think it was). But it eventually seemed to subside - I had to think hard about my breathing and slowing it and all, but it worked. I ran for longish distances (it was 2 miles after all) and then walked a little and ran. I figured it was close approximation of my 5/1s.
The nice surprise was to return home and discover I had run the 2 miles in 21:38. Beautiful! Around a 10:19 pace. You can't shake a stick at it for being out of things for about a month!
So then I turned my attention to an email I got reminding me about the Women's 1/2 Marathon in St. Pete that I'm registered to run in. And I put together my plan for the next 11 weeks. Oh yeah. I may not end up being super fast (or even beat my time from earlier this year), but I'm gonna get her done! I've got one day with yoga, 2 days with cycling, 3 days of running on the calendar. Yup, I know. There's no swimming on it. I decided that for the rest of the year I'm focusing on the run primarily and some cycling. There's some strength training in there too. Besides, Mr. Darcy is no where close to using our Y membership and he's finally admitted it, so we will be keeping the $55 per month in our pockets from now on. And the $37 from the LA Fitness got scrapped too because I only use it for the pool 1-2 times a week. I may get myself out to Lucky's on some of those bike days if I miss it too much. But for now, I'm going to focus on the 1/2 Mary. And in January I'm going to see about those triathlons again.
But in a way this is my version of cutting myself a break. I've missed my training a ton in the past month. But I'm also running around between networking and Junior League and my dayjob. And something has to give. I love Mr. Darcy and the Liliputians (Great name for a rock band if anyone is looking for one.) so I'm not going to cut into more time with them than I already am. I'm still eating healthy as can be and sticking to my zone paleo eating - although I falter every once in awhile but it's usually only once in the week at most and I attempt to balance it.
Funny thing is that I haven't been that hungry since I wasn't working out. Today I've been ravenous - 2 miles running must have kick started things. So I'm drinking a bunch of water and sticking to the zone. : )
I'm excited abotu my training plan. I'm going to do yoga tomorrow for an hour and then run on Saturday for 4 miles.... hopefully with my friend J who is doing the race with me. She and I figured that at the very least we'll finish and get that cool medal! And if I end up beating my earlier race, great!