My first run of the week was Tuesday. It was just a short 4 miler. Thankfully Mr. J came home so I could go outside as our treadmill was broken. And this felt like a great run! I had to slow myself down several times and didn't even get close to the pace I was shooting for but it just felt so good outside and good to stretch my legs.
Apparently I took NO pictures on my run on Monday?! So I'll give you a picture of the salad that helped fuel that run. It was a delicious sesame crusted tuna salad with wasabi peas and candied ginger. The dressing was ginger/soy something and it was AMAZING!! I ate all of it and I wanted more! I will definitely be getting this salad many many times this summer!
Thursday was a progressive run. That means you start out at a lower speed and keep increasing the speed with each mile. I like to do these on the treadmill to help make sure I stay on the pace I'm supposed to. When I run outside I tend to be all over the place with my pace but the treadmill forces me to keep going. Thankfully our treadmill got fixed just the day before! So I did 5 progressive miles. I worked my way up from 12:45 min miles to 11:45 min miles. So not super fast but it was definitely a challenge towards the end. And anything over about 3 miles on the treadmill is a challenge for me. Although the view of the backyard helps! I can see out garden grow and just to the right there is the swing set so I can keep an eye on the kids while they play!
Last but NOT least was a long slow run! On the schedule said 9-10 miles so I thought what they hey! And went for 10. OUCH! I should have went for 9 and picked up the extra mile closer to home but I didn't. I was up at 6 am on a Sat. and as you can see by that first picture of the collage I was NOT excited! If you don't already know, I am NOT a morning person! I will get up when I need to but please don't speak to me before at least 8 or 9 am and especially if I haven't had coffee! But I got up and got on the road. I'm not sure why but this run was a struggle from the get go. My goal pace to stay right around 12:30 and usually the first mile or two I really struggle to slow myself down. I love to run and just get out there and stretch my legs. But NOT today! I was slow and felt sluggish. I ate before I went and had plenty of water this week and even took some water with a NUUN tablet in it (review on that coming up!) and some running beans. But I just struggled. The run seemed to go quickly like it normally does as I just let my mind wander and I pray a lot. The very last mile really didn't feel good and I ended up walking for a few steps right towards the end because I got so nauseous! I thought I was going to get sick but thankfully the quick walk helped and I was able to get home! PHEW!
I love the out and back route that I have laid out because I get to run in the country. I LOVE running out in the middle of nowhere. Not a lot of cars or people (other than the houses) and I can just relax and looking around. LOVE IT!
So that comes to a grand total of 19 miles for me this week! That seems unreal to me but I earned each and every mile (and I have the blisters to prove it!). Hope you had a great week too!