Hummus craving? Satisfied.
Love it. Although garlicky hummus breath is an issue.
I also had my usual spinach/balsamic combo, some cantaloupe (although it was hard and flavorless and I’m probably just going to dump the rest), and yogurt with granola.
Work today was CRAZY. I wasn’t feeling the gym. But I knew I should.
I decided that not feeling like going + blistering from the orthotics meant that I should keep today’s workout short. I decided to run two miles. After a mile, I decided to run much faster than I usually do and cranked the treadmill up to an 8:30 pace. And…I felt fine. It was hard, but not un-maintainably so. In fact, I sped up and finished at a 7:50 pace! All in all, I ran my second mile in 8:22, a new personal record for me.
While I was running so fast, (aside from biting my tongue REALLY HARD OW) I was thinking about fear. I think I stick with “comfortable” numbers on the treadmill because I’m afraid of failing. I know I can run a 9:50 mile, and I’ll do it well. An 8:00 mile? Scary. I don’t know if I can do that. I think my asthma is a factor here—I’m afraid that if I push hard, something bad will happen (although, realistically, I know my limits and would stop before that happened.)
I think the fact that I’m punching in a specific speed on a treadmill is holding me back. Unfortunately, treadmill running is my best option for running most of the time. I wonder how fast I’d be if I just found a flat surface and ran, you know? So, from here on out…I’m going to run faster. As Kath once wrote, “To run faster, you have to RUN FASTER.” (Or something like that.)
Even though I ran fast, and for less time than yesterday, my feet still blistered. I’m beginning to accept that blistering just might be my normal (though I’m still going to try a wider shoe and see what happens). Eff.
In other news, we had our first kitchen fire today.
Tim put it out quickly. (He set a paper towel on a hot burner.) But our house is smelling a little smoky. Oops.
Milhouse ran and hid.
It’s comforting to know our animals would save us in a disaster.
Two more work days until the honeymoon! And two questions:
1. How do you conquer your fears?
2. Runners: how do you figure out your comfortable pace and stick with it?