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!!!