Instead of going right to the normal wrap up, I’m going to take a minute to gush about yesterday’s 10 mile run. You guys don’t mind, right? I can remember when I got to 10 miles on my last half marathon training plan (the next to last long run then, as opposed to halfway through the plan this time!). I was so nervous about hitting that double digit run and yet I was also excited because I knew I was at the end of the training cycle. This time, I wasn’t nervous at all. I had absolutely zero doubt I’d get the ten miles in without any trouble, which is really amazing. My shift in confidence about my running is definitely a huge NSV!
My other big NSV for the week is being honest with myself about my weight creeping up and making a change. It was hard to admit to myself, but good to get it out there. I feel like I got a little kudos from the universe for that decision by finding a long ago Bravo sticker when I was cleaning out my car:
As part of that re-evaluation, I’d decided to work on snacking on veggies instead of so much fruit and was rewarded by this bonus at our grocery store – definitely a nice cosmic reward. 🙂
All in all, I’m feeling good about things this week.
Monday 50 minutes walking, partly at lunch at work (glad to get back to that!) and partly at home
Tuesday 5 miles in the evening, for that crazy humid, embarrasssing-sweat stain run!
Wednesday 33 minutes walking outside while Darrell did bedtime
Thursday 4 miles in the evening, with the requisite crazy humid hair
Friday 35 minutes walking (Can I just say that I’m a little tired of the 10K a day challenge? I really miss being lazy at the end of the day every once in a while instead of heading out for a late night walk to get those last steps in!)
Saturday It was crazy foggy in our neighborhood Saturday morning:
I’ve really been working on doing my easy runs at a truly easy pace (more about that coming tomorrow!), so I didn’t look at the pace on the Garmin (much) or worry about any intervals or anything. I just ran and if I felt like taking a walk break, I did. What was amazing about that was a) it was so PLEASANT and b) my pace for that “easy” ten mile was 11:20 overall, which is the same as it is when I’m struggling more. Amazing. I suspect it’s because I’m running a lot faster during the run intervals because it’s fun and I feel good and I know I can walk whenever I want. Mindset is everything.
I did stop for a bathroom break and to refill my water bottle at the grocery store near my house – why have I never thought of that before? There’s never any reason to worry about running out of water, now that I’ve realized that. I will say that even though this was an easy run that felt good, I was sore later in the day. Foam rolling helped and I was sure to stretch immediately after the run.
Sunday Today we’re going to be doing some yard work, which I’m not really looking forward to but it must be done. At least it’ll help me get to 10K steps a day. I’ll be sure to do some more yoga and stretching so that it feels more like a recovery day, I promise.
Meal plan for the week
Since we talked last week about how we plan meals, I thought I’d share this week’s meal plan with you guys. It is based on a) the eggplant, corn, various squash and other veggies we got in our CSA bag and b) input from my guys. I looked at the schedule for the week and saw that I have a hair appointment Thursday night, so we know we need something in the slow cooker that day since I’ll get home a little late.
This week, we’ll have Mexican chicken casserole, Salisbury steak meatballs (confession: this will be just the boys – I’m not a fan, so I’ll be having ratatouille instead), pork loin with kale and tomatoes, and slow cooker chicken stew. My back pocket recipe, for when I’ve forgotten to thaw something, is going to be our favorite tuna melts. Several of these will be new recipes for us, so I’ll let you know how they turn out.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Stay safe with all of the holiday travelers and revelers out there!