Catching up on weekend posts?
Good morning! I went on a glorious 5.0 mile run this morning. It is very overcast and cool in Central Florida, which was a nice change from the hot, hot sun.
I woke up at 6 AM to get some work done before I left. While working, I had a big bowl of cereal + almond milk:
I rarely just eat cereal for breakfast (mostly because I donâ€™t find it to be very filling and itâ€™s boring for the blog), but I do really like this kind, which we get in bulk from Costco.
My run was nice, but uneventful. 🙂
- Duration: 48:41
- Distance: 5.0 miles
- Mile 1: 9:36
- Mile 2: 9:34
- Mile 3: 9:50
- Mile 4: 9:41
- Mile 5: 10:01
After my run, I came home and ate a light post-run snack:
Iâ€™m trying not to spoil my lunch because itâ€™s already 9:30 AM! I had wheatgrass and a banana (which was just brown on the outside because it was in the fridge).
Yes, wheatgrass tastes as disgusting as it looks. I mix it with almond milk as opposed to water, which helps. Still gross, but there are loads of benefits!
Back on Track Month Challenge
On October 26, I declared a Back on Track Month Challenge for myself.
I stated that I had the following goals for Back on Track Month:
- Hit all Marathon Training and Strength Training goals
- Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night and be awake by 6:30 AM
- No alcohol except for special occasions
- Major desserts are for special occasions only
- Aim to eat out 1 night per week maximum
I think declaring a Back on Track Month was very helpful. Although I wasnâ€™t perfect (never thought I would be), having a larger purpose for the month was great whenever I was tempted to eat out, stay up late, or skip my runs.
Hereâ€™s my month in summary:
- Marathon training mileage: Week 1:27 miles; Week 2; 29 miles; Week 3 (injured): 15.4 miles; Week 4: 28 miles. VERDICT: Almost there, but not quite.
- Strength training goals: I started the Whittle My Middle challenge, and Iâ€™ve been doing Yoga Sculpt on a regular basis. VERDICT: Goal met.
- 8 hours of sleep a night: I achieved this 5 nights a week. VERDICT: Goal met.
- No alcohol except special occasions: This worked for the first two weeks, and then I decided I really, really like beer. VERDICT: Fail.
- No major desserts except special occasions: In general, I met this goal. In the last two weeks, the Husband and I started to buy little pints of ice cream, which we normally donâ€™t do. I ate it in moderation, though. VERDICT: Almost there, but not quite.
- Eating out 1 night a week: I definitely ended up eating out more than once a week, thus wasting too much money on food. VERDICT: Fail.
The purpose of Back on Track Month was more to refocus my energy on a clean, healthy, and active lifestyle in the weeks leading up to the holidays and the marathon than being â€œperfectâ€. In terms of how I feel emotionally and physically, I would say it was a pretty good month!