Tonight was supposed to be kind of crazy. Jones has his last soccer game at 5:15 pm, which does not work for our evening schedule. We figured we’d pick up fast food on the way home, eat quickly, and then begin the bath/tv/bed routine. Instead, I’m at home waiting for AAA (dead battery in our 1995 Jeep), while Beer Geek takes the boys to the game. I’m taking a moment to post, then I’ll actually make a real dinner and have it on the table when they arrive home.
I ran a nice 4 mile run today with negative splits. It was warm, but not as humid as it’s been and there was a nice breeze blowing. I went out easy with a 9:15 mile and aimed for each subsequent mile to get a bit faster. I sort of succeeded (9:13, 8:54, 8:55), but for some reason I always seem to hit mile 3 a bit fast. Guess I’m all nice and warmed up, but not tired yet. My breathing was great, but my legs felt heavy.
I’m a bit frustrated with myself right now. My weight has been slowly creeping up and I feel like it’s starting to impact my running. It’s not a huge amount (I’m about 5 pounds up from my “comfortable” weight, about 10 from my “all my clothes fit well” weight), but I’m short and all of the weight seems to go to my lower half. The problem is that I’ve really not stopped eating like I did last year while I was training for the marathon. Actually, let me rephrase that, I’m eating at least as much and I’m not making healthy choices. I’m not sure why, as I love vegetables and fruits. Instead, I’m eating crackers and bread and other empty calories.
The boys and I leave Wednesday for my parents’ house. My mom has an awesome garden and buys tons of fruit and other healthy stuff, so I’m going to try to focus on eating healthy as much as possible (I’ll worry about portion size later if I need to). I really think I need to get these pounds off if I want to see real improvement in my running. I definitely want them off before I start training for the as yet to be determined second marathon.
Off to make myself a big salad to go with whatever I can find to make for dinner.