IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I went to Victoria’s Secret on Black Friday and after I made my purchase I realized the girl at the register never gave me one of those “secret” reward discount cards where you can get $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, or $500 off your next purchase.
I needed to return the item I bought, so the next day I asked the girl who exchanged my item for one of those cards since I never received one.
Then today I wanted to exchange my item again for another color (okay, so maybe I’m a little indecisive).
I asked the girl for another secret rewards card and made it seem like I never got one.
So, now I have two. BAM.
Santa, I’ve been a naughty girl.
The mentally draining part of weight loss is far, far, worse than the physically draining part of weight loss.
Today needed to be documented. Because today I had a really, really really, great run. I ran around 8 miles, and I haven’t ran that much since when I was training for my 10 mile race back in May. I have a half-marathon in 3 weeks, and I haven’t been preparing for it as much as I should have. I needed today is the worst way.
On Friday, I did a ton of squats and weight lifting exercises that involved squats. On Saturday I really felt it. My leg and butt muscles were so sore. It was almost unbearable. I knew there was no way I could work out, so I rested and made sure I’d run Sunday. I woke up today and I was still a bit sore, but not nearly as sore as I was yesterday. I told myself I’d run and see how my legs felt. By no means did I think I was going to have a good run. I thought it was going to be one of those runs where I tell myself to just get through it, but it was the complete opposite. I truly believe this was one of the best runs I ever ran. I felt sooooooooo great the entire run. It was almost effortless. What made me even more happy about this was that it’s been months since I’ve even touched this kind of distance. I really thought it was going to be a struggle. But it wasn’t. Everything about this run was just perfect. The weather was beyond fabulous (honestly even that photo I posted doesn’t do it justice), my breathing was on point, my legs felt so good despite the horrible DOMS (delayed on-set muscle soreness) I experienced yesterday, and I was just in a good place mentally. I was even in a better place once the run was over. It was a crazy endorphin high.
I plan on running 10 miles next Sunday as a part of training for the half-marathon. I’m going to make it fun and run to my gym and back. I googled it and it’s about 5 miles there and I’m going to run home so it’ll be 5 miles back. It’s actually a bit more than 5 miles both ways, so I’ll probably end up doing around 11ish miles. Either way, it will be a challenge and I’m really pumped for it.
I didn’t do the traditional “google a half marathon plan and follow it” type thing. I just have been kind of winging it. I love to run. Running is the source of so many good feelings in my life. For my first half, I decided I wanted to just have fun with it. It’s not about the time for me. It’s about finishing it. Accomplishing a new goal and challenge.
For me, the half-marathon will be a new stepping-stone in my world of running. Today I ran the pavement expecting it to completely suck, but it was unexpectedly phenomenal. It’s days like these that make me so appreciative of the fact that I found running. To say it’s the cheapest form of therapy would be a sincere understatement.