Alright so I’m going to start with food, because I had a very mediocre day of food consumption. I made the dumb decision to sleep like 20 extra minutes and then had to like sprint out the door, and I did not eat breakfast, and was in court by 8:45am. I didn’t have an opportunity to eat until like 1:30pm, and I was absolutely starving, and wanted to eat whatever I could put in my face the fastest. I somehow convinced myself that Popeye’s chicken fingers were not a horrible option, despite the fact that they definitely are. I got those, and some coleslaw (instead of fries or mac and cheese or many other delicious options) and LIGHT lemonade. I inhaled my food, threw out the biscuit, and wanted to die. This was not a great choice. It was not a good choice, but there were some very bad roads I could have gone done with this meal that I avoided.
For dinner, I basically am trying to figure out how to use the ingredients that I got for my meal plan and put them to use. One of the recipes was shrimp and grits, which sounded amazing, but included a lot of cheese, butter, and obviously grits. I cooked the shrimp, and carmelized a shallot that came with the recipe. I also cooked some black beans with the shallot that we had in the pantry. Then, I threw in a couple of eggs, and some garlic, and basically just mixed everything together. It was kind of delicious, and I think pretty healthy.
After dinner I had a spoonful of peanut butter, and 8 ounces of milk. The milk is also a cheat. I am still having crazy cravings, and really wanted ice cream again tonight, and I saw milk and just said screw it. It’s a dairy product with no sugar, and I thought maybe my body was craving calcium. It happened. ONTO TO THE RUNNING.
I completed a total of 6 miles in a total of 62:35, which is faster than the 65 minutes from Tuesday. This was very rough. It was 90 again, and like 100% humidity. Despite that, the first 3 miles I actually felt pretty good, and did all 3 in a row in 27:53. Once I did that, however, I was super overheated and knew coming back would be really hard. I did a mixture of running and jogging that was probably 85% running, and stopped for water for a few minutes at one point. It was a struggle fest, but even if I was in really good shape this would have been a really tough day.
I was very encouraged by the first 3 miles of this. It was very hard conditions, and I haven’t done anything that is even remotely good running in a few months. This is a small fraction of what I’m capable of, but it felt good to do something that felt like I was making progress, even though it’s very early in the process.
Alright so the forecast for tomorrow is 96, Saturday is 91, and Sunday is 84/thunderstorm. I genuinely have no idea how I want to structure the 8 and 10 milers I have planned. I also genuinely have no idea how I am going to complete these distances, especially in the heat. For now I’m going to see what happens tomorrow, and if its at all possible, knock out the 8 miler, take off Saturday, and then do 10 Sunday. I am expecting these to be very slow and involve walking but I’m trying to run at least 90% of the distances I am covering and I’m doing a good job of that so far.
I’d like to set some short term goals for the next few weeks:
In week 2, I’d like to run 5 consecutive miles, no stopping
In week 3, I’d like to run 1 mile under 8 minutes
In week 4 I’d like to do all my workouts, because I will be in Georgia for our wedding and that will be very difficult.
Isn’t it stupid that less than 2 years ago, I ran 26 straight miles in under 8 minute miles, and my goal in 2 weeks from today is to run 1? That’s enough for now. See ya later.