After 10 days off of running ... I'm back! Today marks the kick off of my mileage re-building plan.
The plan is to start off slowly, not worry about pace, and continuously build up over a period of about 4 months until I'm running a half marathon distance again. Every 4 weeks is a recovery week which I think will be very important. Too often I'm push, push, push and don't schedule recovery weeks.
I loved the feeling of being able to comfortably run those longer distances and can't wait to get back to it. But I'm going to do it smartly this time.
This morning I did my first run of the plan ... 3 miles. It was W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! And I ran before work too - crazy huh?! I changed my Garmin so that it would NOT tell me pace or time. All I want to think about right now is distance and just let my body run as it feels.
For the first time in a long while I also ran the whole distance without taking a break ... and I never felt like I needed one. That tells me this is just what I need.
Last week I rode my bike to work every day and it was great. The only down side was packing lunch. I only have a smallish pack on my bike and hate to carry a backpack. I'd like to ride most of this week as well and think I may have found a way to have the best of both worlds (cycling & food from home).
This morning I packed my lunch for the entire week and brought it with me to work. I'm fortunate to have a fridge, microwave & kettle at my disposal - pretty much for just myself. So I can stock that little fridge full!
I brought with me:
- 4 c. carrot sticks
- 4 c. blanched broccoli
- 1/2 c. homemade pueblo bean dip
- 4 c. green & red grapes, mixed
- 4 c. homemade navy bean soup
- 3 turkey sausages (130 cal 5 g fat ... I can't wait!)
- 750g container peach yoghurt
Once a week I can bring my food in and then when I bring next week's food to work, I'll take last week's containers home. I think even if I'm not riding my bike to work this would save me all kinds of time, money and temptation! I already pack my lunch most days of the week, typically in a rush in the morning, but this is something I can do on Sunday and have it done.
I'm very excited with all these new plans on the go. Kinda feel like a kid going back to school (well, maybe not my kids, but like little kids that still find it exciting).