Today’s run was certainly a challenge! I didn’t finish work until 7:00, so I didn’t leave for my run until 7:30. I planned to do 6.0 miles, but I was already feeling unenthusiastic when I left.
The first three miles presented many challenges. If I wasn’t running my first half-marathon in three weeks, I probably would’ve given up and turned around (races are so motivating!).
To add insult to injury, it started to thunderstorm 5 minutes after I left the house. Arg! It’s just a little water, so I kept trucking… Next, my tummy started to rumble. I’ve been known to throw up while running (sorry, kind of gross), and I was a little concerned about barfing on the side of the road. Plus, it was getting dark!
At the 2.5-mile mark, I hit a pivotal point in my run where I could turn around and make it a 4.5-mile run instead of a 6.0-mile run. I literally stood at the intersection for 30 seconds trying to decide what to do. I decided that I’ve never regretted completing a workout, but I almost always regret ditching one, and I kept running! However, my 3.0-mile split time was horrendous (34 minutes).
Suddenly, the better half of my run kicked in. The rain stopped, and I burped a few times (felt so much better). I ran the last 3.0 miles in 28 minutes! Wooo hoo! Here are my statistics:
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Average Heart Rate: 169
Maximum Heart Rate: 221 (clearly, the HRM spazzed)
Calories Burned: 525
Since I didn’t get home until 8:30, I was feeling way too lazy to make a real dinner. I turned to my favorite stand-by: PB and Banana Sammie.
Around 5:30, I realized I wasn’t getting out of work anytime soon and needed to eat a big snack that would carry me through my run. I ate a bowl of Ezekiel 4:9 + NF yogurt + raisins.
Earlier, I had two Ryvita Sunflower Seed and Oats Crispbreads and some cottage cheese. These crackers taste like sunflower husks (a good thing, I eat the husk straight)!
These crispbreads were so delicious AND they have an amazing nutritional profile. The ingredients are: whole grain rye flower, sunflower seeds, whole grain oats, and salt. THAT’S IT! Each cracker has 45 calories, 1 gram of protein, 1 gram of fiber, and 9 grams of carbs. The box says the crispbreads are a Low Glycemimc Index food. Other flavors include Pumpkin Seed and Oats. MMMM!
Plus, after lunch I enjoyed the last half of Jenna’s oatmeal bars. These were amazzzzzzzzzzzzing. Thank you, Jenna!
Clearly, that oatmeal bar was consumed in front of the computer. It was a very busy work day!
On that note, I MUST watch Project Runway and get to bed early. A light run and parking lot bootcamp are on the agenda for tomorrow AM! Sleep tight!