Yesterday I did my weekend running loop, and rocked the sh*t out of it. It was my third time running the loop, and each time I get better/see major improvements. The first time out, I was not able to run the entire way up the 1 mile hill at the end. The second time, I had to take a few walk breaks, but was able to run up the entire hill, for a time of 57 minutes. After the second run, I set a goal to be running the loop in under 50 minutes by summer. Yesterday, I ran the entire thing in 53 minutes. Getting it under 50 minutes in a few weeks shouldn't be a problem.
Every time I'm out on the trail, I remember how much I like running. My mind opens up and I'm free to ponder so many things. I saw a sticker or shirt or something somewhere that read: "Running, cheaper then therapy." Truth. I'm thinking about signing up for a 5K this summer. I don't know- still kind of gunshy about the ankle, but as long as I pick a 5K that is on pavement I should be ok? I'd really like the first time I get a sub 30 minute 5K to be in a real race.
In other news, I'm traveling for work this week- I leave tomorrow and get back late Thursday night. I plan on giving myself a little bit of a mental break from the intense February I had. I won't be such a crazy about my salt intake, weighing my portions, or how much fat my meat has on it (um, I'll be in Texas, brisket!?!). I do plan on getting my water in, trying to eat 5-6 times a day, and performing crossfit-esk workouts either in the hotel gym or in my room. My trainer at the gym tipped me off to this hotel gym workout:
And I'll probably give this site a perusing:
When I return, its game back on. I'm hoping March challenge buddy with be with me starting the 9th, but if not, I've got a super-buddy lined up for April. Hopefully I won't have to spend the last 3 weeks of March erasing the damage done this week in Texas. I do love me some BBQ!