I was about to head to the gym, and I just plain did not want to go. The idea of hitting up the eliptical machine again seemed unbearable. all I could think of was how nice it was outside, and how I'd rather go for a walk.
And I realized that part of my frustration with running comes from running on a treadmill. The only times I've tried running outside was during a race. The pressure was on, and I tired myself out early. This time there was no pressure. I get tired? I can sit for a minute. I can walk if my knee starts to hurt. Either way I tried, and that's all that matters.
But after the first few minutes, I realized that I didn't want to stop. I wanted to keep going. I ran the entire length, took a two minute break at the end to drink some water, and bring my HR down a bit, and then ran the entire length back, and cooling down by walking further down the beach a bit. I ran for a total of 22 minutes, and felt awesome. I wasn't bored, or tired, or feeling nauseous from not being able to breathe. I felt confident, strong, and happy. Don't get me wrong. All these months that I've tried running, I haven't hated it. I've just never really reached that point where I hit a stride, and felt comfortable. But yesterday I did, and it felt awesome.
And more importantly, I have zero knee pain. A bit discomfort yesterday afterwards but icy hot helped to cure that ;-)
My weekend, as I said, was quiet. Saturday M and I took a lovely walk with the puppy, down this bike trail a few minutes from my house. It was so pretty, and full of people walking, biking, running, etc. I loved how warm and lovely it was, and could feel the amount of walking we did in my legs later on that day!
I ate pretty healthy throughout the weekend, although snacking and grazing is something I still struggle with. I need to just not allow myself to eat anything that isn't on a plate, you know? But alas, I didn't. Thankfully my meals combatted this (I think)
Friday Dinner- 2 slices of pizza, salad, a glass of wine and then 4 beers later on.
Saturday Lunch- buffalo chicken deli meat with muenster cheese on ciabbatta roll. It was delicious, and worth every point.
Saturday Dinner- cheeseburger on a bulkie roll with a salad.
Sunday Breakfast- 1 egg 2 egg whites, 2 slices toast, fruit salad.
Sunday Dinner- Roast chicken, 1/2 C mashed potatoes, 1/2 C carrots and parsnips.
I did snack in between on Sunday, including 6 munchkins that my parents graciously put in front of me. But otherwise, not too shabby :-) Plus I kept my drinking to one night. Last night M and I hung out and watched Food Inc, because he had never seen it before. I had 2 glasses of wine and a beer, but I was ok with it, because I have a ton of weeklies left to use up, and was in the mood for a few drinks :-)
I hope to stay OP for the rest of the week. I really want to come close to my 50 pound goal at WI this week, so well see. Today I have all my meals planned out, and my sister is cooking something OP tonight. I think I will do a video when I get home as well, just to get some APs in.
Tomorrow more of the same, except I will be going to the gym for a nice long workout :-) Thursday night I have a dentist appointment, so I may not get a great workout in, although my sister offered to go to the gym with me afterwards. Well see :-)
And after that it's Red sox game on Friday, and TV on the Radio on Saturday! Such an exciting weekend ahead of me!!