The Better Half

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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.



Other Eats


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!



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