After breakfast, I planned to go for a run, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I felt lazy and unmotivated, so I threw on my new Reach the Beach tech shirt with the hope of it psyching me up. (New workout gear is typically instant exercise motivation for me.)
Even though I was dressed in my workout gear, I still struggled to get started. It rained overnight, so the morning was dreary and cool, which initially didn’t help motivate me, but then I realized it would be great running weather, so I forced myself outside. Once I was standing outside with my sneakers, iPod, and Timex GPS watch, there was no turning back. I pretty much had to run at that point.
So… today’s run kind of sucked. I didn’t feel great when I started, but I figured once I hit my running sweet spot, I’d be golden and cruise right along. Sadly, I never found it and struggled along for 4 miles. My legs were super tight and just plain old tired, so I wanted to stop and walk a bunch of times, but I just kept pushing my legs forward. When I finished, I was happy that I ran without stopping, but it definitely didn’t feel good while doing it. The bad runs make you appreciate the good ones!
When Monica stayed with me the other day, we started talking about running and routines. She wakes up and runs first thing in the morning, so her running/training is consistent, which is something I want to do myself. Last summer, I got into a really good grove with regular morning runs (to beat the heat), but since then, I’ve slacked with a consistent running routine.
So, when Runner’s World emailed me about their upcoming Summer Running Streak, I was totally on board. Perfect timing! Here’s what it’s all about: Run at least one mile per day, every day, starting on Memorial Day (Monday, 5/28) and ending on Independence Day (Wednesday, 7/4). That’s 38 consecutive days of running. It’ll be a challenge, but I can do it!
Are you on board for the Summer Running Streak?
After my run, I showered up, ran some (birthday) errands, and then headed to NuVal for a few hours.
On my drive, I stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee. Sadly, this location wasn’t participating in the $1 Iced Coffee Day, so I paid $2.07 for it. Bummer. It still tasted delicious though. (FYI: The $1 promo is only happening in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts. Sorry for the confusion. I guess I didn’t read the fine print on the poster. I blame lack of sleep.)
While at NuVal, I ate lunch, which was chicken salad on top of some salad greens and a smoothie made with frozen banana, chopped kale, vanilla protein powder, and coconut milk.
Recovery Compression Sock Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway to win a pair of Recovery Compression Socks! Here’s your winner:
I love opensky! I would love to try these socks, as I just ran my second half marathon this weekend and wouldn’t mind a little added recovery.
Congrats, Amy! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, mailing address, sock size, and color preference.
Mal should be home from school any minute now. I can’t wait to celebrate his birthday with him! I hope he’s as excited as I am!