July 14: It was a Monday and I was struggling at work to stay focused, so I caved and drank a Diet Coke. I don’t consume a lot of caffeine normally – just one cup of coffee with a splash of milk in the morning. I don’t like chocolate (I know, I know) and I don’t drink soda very often so staying away from caffeine isn’t very hard for me but I couldn’t resist an ice cold DC this afternoon. Well, I paid for it. This run was miserable. It was also pretty humid, which didn’t help things. I’m just glad I pushed through to make it the full two miles because I wanted to quit after two steps.
- Mile 1 – 12:26
- Mile 2 – 12:27
July 17: I took two nights off and this run ended up being so much easier. See my note below? “Continue to not drink soda.” Ha! I really think that’s partly what affected my Monday run so much. Anyways, this run was much easier. Although .25 miles in, I had to stop and stretch my calves – they were so tight! I had been feeling really tight after Monday’s run so I stretched a little bit, but I guess it wasn’t enough. After taking those few seconds to really stretch, the rest of the run was smooth sailing. I felt that I was able to run faster and not get as tired, making this my fastest 2 mile yet!
- Mile 1 – 12:14
- Mile 2 – 11:46
July 18: This run was my very best yet! It was sprinkling out and very cool so I wore a long sleeve shirt and shorts. In JULY! Crazy. Anyways, I had a healthy breakfast and lunch, and no soda again, so I felt good going into this run. I made sure to stretch very well beforehand and set off thinking I would try for three miles. Thirty six minutes later, I finished three miles! I couldn’t believe how good I felt! I wasn’t cramping up, my breathing was steady and my legs felt great. I’m liking where this is heading.
- Mile 1 – 12:01
- Mile 2 – 12:09
- Mile 3 – 11:54
I’m making it a habit to take a picture of Grace and I after every run. She is digging the runs. The picture right after…not so much.
Anyways, in addition to these runs, we took Grace out for a few walks. Can we talk about how gorgeous this weather is? I know we’re supposed to be sweating in July but fall is my favorite and hoodie weather is the best.
And I made sure to reward myself with good beer after said walks and runs. Motivation at its finest!