I did 6.25 barefoot miles on my hill route and managed to do it in 65 minutes. I was not pushing myself so I am thinking that doing my hill route with a spawn in the stroller at least once a week is making me stronger!
I saw a dude struggling up a killer hill and was kind of out of breath but managed to yell "good job biker!" and wave and yell "good job" when he looked over at me. I wanted to say something sassier like "way to kick that hills ass" but I was kinda shy and a bit out of breathe anyways.
While chugging up my hills I concentrated on getting in touch with what I want from my 5k next weekend. I have been telling myself that I want to place in my age group yet that is something that if I don't do, it I will inevitably be depressed about so of course I have been stressing about it.
The epiphany that came to me today was that I am going to empty my tank on that 5k. There will be nothing left when I am done. If I throw up in front of hundreds, so be it. If I pass out or die at the finish line, so be it. I am going to empty the tank. It will only be icing on the cake if I place. I will know I ran my best. The decision has been made and now, miraculously, I am at ease and excited and so looking forward to it! What a beautiful thing perspective can be.
Speaking of empty tanks, I didn't eat anything before I left for my run this morning. I had some water and a cup of coffee with rice milk. I think its beneficial to run on an empty tank occasionally to burn some fat and to train my body and mind to keep on keepin on when I am tired and hungry. It wasn't intentional today but I was able to deal.
The hardest part for me about running in the mornings is that I don't fuel well and feel sluggish. A banana is always a trusty snack to grab but being gluten and casein free its hard to just pop in some toast or grab a muffin although I do have a muffin mix I want to test again.
On the way home, I was passed by a man riding a 3 wheeled hand cranked bike. He said "you make my feet hurt and I can't even feel mine!". Smart ass :) He said he wants to get to 100 mile rides by the end of May and has done RAGBRAI several time which is a bike ride across Iowa. We talked for about 5 minutes which is probably where the 5 of my 65 minutes comes from! Happy Biking sassy guy!
The lilacs were so sweet in spots along my route that it was almost too much. Almost. The scent was so thick I could taste it!
I finally have some frozen mixed berries to munch on! We went grocery shopping today! I was out for a couple of days and going through withdrawals! Now I am cold and can't get warmed back up.
I realized after wearing my new running skirt that I bought at Kohl's today that its not a good idea to go clothing shopping the day before Aunt Flo is estimated to arrive since in a week it will fit differntly. Its a very comfortable skirt and has a great pocket for my phone of a GU pack and it doesn't pull the skirt down at all.
I have been wearing the skirt all day and have often wondered how I managed to go so long in life without wearing a running skirt every day!
So what do you fuel up on in the mornings before a run?
Best of luck to all the racers this weekend!!!!!