So, today was a first for me: running in the morning. For starters, I'm not great at going to bed early AND I've been having trouble falling asleep lately. So when the alarm went off at 7:30am, I was not pleased. (Yes, I am aware that this is not really that early, but I'm not a morning person!). Alas, I got of bed and decided I should hydrate and have something in my stomach. I went with a slice of toast with some peanut butter - which I think was good: some carbs, some protein. I yawned as I got dressed and drove over to M's house.
The plan for today was walk a few minutes, run 1 mile, repeat 3x. I used usatf.com to plan out where the 1 mile marks were and how far our walking breaks were ahead of time. The first mile was okay - we had a hill to run up pretty early on, and my right foot hurt a little, but I pushed through. The very end of the mile was painful, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had completed it in 11:07! We walked and stretched for a few minutes and started mile 2, which was mostly okay other than a closed sidewalk causing a little drama for our path! Mile 2 took 11:33 - still perfectly fine. We stretched again, and I could tell I was going to be sore! Onto mile 3. This was mostly flat, but we had to pause twice for stop lights which was both nice (so I could breath) and annoying. The end of the run is a downhill followed by an uphill, and I really thought I was going to die. My legs were burning. My heart was pounding. I wanted to cry. And then we finished.... in 9:53. No wonder I thought I was about to die - how the heck did we run that fast? I was so proud of us! That's such a fast mile! WE ARE SUPERSTARS. Overall pace, 10:51 per month, 3 miles total.
Of course, I basically collapsed after - too sweaty, hot, and tired to take a shower, but alas, work was calling my name. Normally a cup of coffee and I'm ready to go, today, after one huge cup I could just barely function. But I have to at least smile, because as of this morning's run, we have now run (well, run/walked) 50 MILES SINCE I STARTED BLOGGING. Woo!
Anyway, lunch was leftover meatloaf, and then tonight for dinner I used the last of the ground beef to make a Broiled Dijon Burger. This patty turned out way better than last night's: