Last week was a good week. I ran 3 times, for a total of 15 miles. I am feeling stronger. Unfortunately, I am only getting (a little) faster which is kind of crappy.
This week has been a little overwhelming. I have always hated Mondays since I was 10. I used to fake sickness so that I could skip school on Mondays. Unfortunately, my mom caught on fairly quickly. I don’t know why, but I just hate Mondays. So many things went wrong. Like, you know when you open a cupboard and everything falls out on your head? That’s how I felt. Everything that went wrong was minor, but it just all added up and took a toll on me. I don’t remember why but I had to skip my run during lunch on Monday, too. I think that when I skip runs, it makes me a little weaker mentally.
Tuesday morning, I woke up and thought, this *will* be a better day. I gathered up all my running gear and went to work. After work, I went to Newport Beach to run. It was so windy! This was my first time running into the wind, and my goodness, IT WAS SO HARD. I felt so lame because I pretty much walked almost the whole first half of my distance, which was like 2.5 miles. I tried to run but could not get strong enough mentally to keep going. Coming back was easier, thank goodness the wind was blowing at my back, almost pushing me. I went the whole 5 miles I had planned. I felt amazing after. I wish I could take the way I feel after a run and bottle it up, and take a sip when I don’t feel like running as a motivator to make me go again.
Today I had 3 miles on the schedule. Once again, I thought of 15 other things I would rather be doing. I did motivate myself and I went to the gym to run on the treadmill. I really hate the treadmill but I always push myself harder when I do a run on there because I really just want to get out of there! I did 3 miles in 39 minutes which I know is pretty slow, but I ran almost the whole thing (very slowly I might add) and I feel good. My average speed was 2 minutes a mile faster than anything I have done lately so it was not a wasted workout.
On the giving up Diet Coke front, ugh. I am definitely drinking less, and I am not drinking it every day. I would probably give it up completely if it made a difference in my leg cramps, but I am still having them. I am definitely drinking a lot of water so that is one good thing! I think drinking a lot of water is really helping me feel less yucky than when I quit before. I haven’t even had a headache!
Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post. I will try and post some later this week. I got a new camera and I’ve been taking a lot of pictures and trying to get used to it. More on the camera later, but I am IN LOVE!