Hi guys! Wow what a different a day can make! My day of taking it easy, light foods, and emergen-C has paid off. Today I am back to my old ornery self.
I got up this morning just past 7am and was ready to tackle my newest long run. Hell yes I was running today. Being off on Friday and missing MT yesterday made me long for some exercise. I followed Tina’s rule of working out when sick (the rhyming is all mine baby):
If it’s above the neck, you’re good to go.
Below the neck, rest and take it slow.
Since my issues were mostly a sore throat, I decided that I can most definitely knock out a run. Hello 7miles! I had the now norm 1/2 Zbar and was out the door. It was chilly this morning but I still wore my capris because I love them and could not bear the thought of putting on heavier pants. I did a lovely easy run today at a nice pace. I felt awesome and now know that I for sure am taking two days off running before my 1/2. I knocked out the first 3.5 no problem, it was going back around for the second 3.5 where I started slowing a bit. It was all mental and I fully realized this and made myself get over it. Which I did. I told myself that I could have run the full 13.1 today if I had a chance. It would have been slow for sure, and there would have been a walk break or two, but I could have done it. And that got me through the 7 miles today (in 1:17 , not bad).
I was tired after my run but refreshed and invigorated. Today was the first day where I didn’t feel scared at the notion of the upcoming 1/2. I finally realized that I can do this. My 1/2 mantra that I keeping muttering to myself is:
Start slow and steady then finish strong.
This is exactly what I plan to do.
When I got home, my legs needed some serious cool down time, they were not ready to jump into some yoga stretches. It was a nice morning so I put on a heavier hoodie and some gloves, then was back out the door with Rocky. I didn’t even have any CS! I know is this crazy or what?! Today is the first day since I started running last July where I have not had some CS after my run. All I was thinking about was getting back outside to cool my legs down. I walked Rocks, came home and immediately changed into some recovery clothes. Then I started yoga stretching. As I was stretching, my Scotty-loves got up and came downstairs. Highly unusual for him to be up so early on a Sunday. However, I was excited because all I wanted in the world at that very moment was some flipping oatbran.
Would you be at all surprised if I told you that I am completely ravenous today and all I want to do is stuff my face? I didn’t think so, you all know me too well.
I asked him if he would be cool with that and of course he was, so I made a big honkin’ batch of it. I didn’t even really want any mix-ins either, just creamy oatbran and some spreadable crack, AKA vanilla almond butter.
But first! While I was prepping breakfast I snacked on some milk chocolate chips.
Oh snap, yes I did. Because it’s Sunday. Because I feel so much better. Because I can! I only had three though and then I realized that milk chocolate is just a bit too sweet for me now. :o Normally I’m all over chocolate. But since my sweet intake has gone way down (not that it was high before, but it was higher than it is now), I am now finding things I used to like as being too sweet. Milk chocolate chips are the perfect example. These to me were so sweet they made me pucker. Craziness! So I stopped and then breakfast was ready.
Check out the mondo bowl of oatbran, huge scoop of spreadable crack, and also some coffee. Oatbran made:
- 1 1/3 C of soymilk
- 1/3 C of oatbran
- 1 mashed banana
- Pinch salt and cinnamon
- 1 TBSP ground flax
- 1 small scoop whey protein powder
I flipping inhaled that entire bowl as well. Read some blogs and did some office stuff. Then I showered and felt even tons more better after that. And then not long after all of that, I made Sunday Breakfast.
Ravenous, I’m telling you.
We had turkey bacon (I only ate 2 slices) with egg in a hole (12 grain bread). Mmmm and in the middle was a red delicious and an orange with a bit of 2% fage and some maple syrup. Perfect Sunday breakfast!
Now I have no idea what the day has in store for us. I guess I should go find out!