Today started out great, I solved 2 big problems at work, so my boss was pretty happy with me. I don't really need affirmation at work, I go, I do my job, etc., but it is always nice when you do something really well and get recognition! Sometimes I struggle with work because I know accounting isn't really what I want to do in the long run.... but it works for now. I'm still not exactly sure what I want to do.... something with food, catering, cakes, etc. But we'll see!
As soon as I finished lunch, I got a call from Denise letting me know my rings were ready for pick-up, so I'll get them tomorrow! It's been about 3 weeks, so long! I'm excited to get them back, my fingers have been naked... and I miss being married ;)
After work, Lou and I went for a run downtown. We did the bridges each once, and then ran through some neighborhoods in Riverside, right along the river. We found some gorgeous houses, and I know where I'd love to move! I love the lake in my yard, but the St. John's river is just gorgeous!
The run ended up being really hard on me. The first and last mile were great, but the 3 in the middle were so hard. I felt so tired, I got stitches in my stomach, and I just felt like we were going so slow. I think I still haven't recovered from Saturday!
I synched my iPod to the other laptop last time, which doesn't have the right date and time, so my running time and date aren't right on this, but this is today's run....
When I got home, I made a dinner with some of my favorite foods (that JJ hates) because he had a game and wasn't home. I made this salad, but subbed tofu for the garbanzos. Then I mashed a head of cauliflower with a little milk, salt, pepper and gorgonzola cheese. For the record, JJ eats just about anything, but doesn't like tofu, cauliflower, and much cilantro!
So after my whiney post about not feeling well after the long run, I got some great feedback! Especially from Angie, who is a marathoner. She recommended getting some electrolytes during and/or after my run. So I am going to get some gatorade and drink a bottle after the run. Also, I'm going to schedule a 2 hour nap on Saturday afternoon to help with the exhaustion, and hopefully bring back my appetite. After the River Run 15k, I plan to knock my runs back down to 6 miles, which I always feel fine after running... but I do want to make sure I know how to handle my body when I do go for a long run.
So the tentative plan is
7am - run 10 miles
9am - drink gatorade, eat breakfast (yogurt and fruit)
10am - grocery shopping, library
11:30 am - eat lunch
1pm - take 2 hour nap
3pm - shower, laundry, etc.
6pm - dinner
I think that if I stay on this schedule, my body will react the way I want it to... and at least mentally I'll think I'm ok!
Ok, now what could have been...
About 6 months ago, when I first moved here, my sister and I talked about running a half marathon this weekend here in Jacksonville, the 26.2 with Donna. Kris ended up not really wanting to do it. I was still on the fence. Then I had a few bad runs, and decided not to do it. I put it out of my mind.
Then around November, the runs started getting good and long. I considered doing the Disney Princess Half, but JJ wasn't going to be able to go, so again, I dropped it, and didn't think I'd train much until the River Run.
Now, here I am running 10 miles this weekend with the Disney Half in 3 weeks, and I know I could do it... but I don't want to register now and just do it on a whim. However, I wish I had had enough confidence in myself to really go for it. I even ended up having a friend ask me if I wanted to do it with her, and I know either my grandparents or in-laws would go down with me if JJ couldn't.... but I didn't have the confidence in myself. I didn't think I'd really ever do it.
So I've decided that I am going to sign up for the Disney Half in January. JJ won't be in season yet, and it's not for 11 months, I have ample time to prepare, and I know I can do it.
So yeah, I'm bummed I am not going to do the March 6 Half, but I'll get around to running a Half.