I had a major running crisis this evening.
I didn’t get home until 8:35, it was pitch black outside, and I was tired and irritable. My training plan called for 3.0 miles, and I was SO close to blowing it off. I quickly contacted my running support crew (Megan, Meghann, and Kelly) via text and asked for motivation. Kelly responded with: "It’s only 3 miles. It will be over and done with before you know it. And then you’ll feel SO good!"
I knew she was right so I laced up my shoes, chanting my favorite motivational mantras out loud (meanwhile, the Husband looked at me like I was crazy):
- You never regret a workout.
- You made a commitment to training, and you always uphold your promises.
- This is the line between a half marathon and a marathon. This is the line between successful races and average ones.
- The sooner I leave, the sooner I get back.
I took off like a bullet and decided to turn my 3.0 mile run into a speedwork session. I ended up with a ROCKING overall time and some amazing maximum paces:
- Distance: 3.0 miles
- Duration: 26:40
- Mile 1: 9:14 (Best Pace – 9:14)
- Mile 2: 8:55 (Best Pace – 7:58)
- Mile 3: 8:32 (Best Pace – 6:46!!!)
I was SMILING from ear to ear by the time I got home!
Here are my afternoon eats. I made Zesty Carrot Juice (still perfecting the recipe):
And had a handful of nuts:
And dinner was, of course, eaten in parts. I hate splitting up my dinner on weeknights! Grr. I had cereal around 4 PM, but my camera ate the picture.
Around 7, I had a banana and almond butter:
It was messy! 🙂
And my post-run snack was a Green Monster smoothie (almond milk and spinach) and toast with hummus:
**I know dinner looks ‘light’ when I eat it in parts, but the cereal, PB and banana, GM, and hummus toast totals to at least 650 calories. Just a side note because some of you have expressed concern that I’m not sitting down for a ‘real’ dinner. Don’t worry — I will always eat enough to properly fuel myself.**
Goal is to get in bed in the next two minutes!!!
Great job on getting out the door! You should be proud of yourself! This experience is great to remember on other nights when you don't want to get out the door!