Today was a BEAUTIFUL day! It was so nice to have a warm, sunshiny day! I started out in kind of a bad mood though and I just couldn't shake it. I decided it would be nice to forget about the C25K training for one day and just go out and run. I'm SO glad I did that. It made me feel SO much better! I went to the park and did 6 laps (5k). I did pretty well - I finished about 1 minute slower than my 5k race pace. That's not too bad considering the race was totally flat and the park run has some slight but steady hills. Plus, on race day you are so pumped with adrenaline - you can't help but go faster! I managed to keep my pace right around 14:20 which is AWESOME for me! When I was rounding my second lap this woman smiled at me and said "You really inspire me! I can't run at all!" That made me feel so good! Then right around my 3rd lap I passed this man who was sitting on a bench. He was kind of creepy. I was glad I had forgotten my headphones because I wanted to be aware of where this guy was at all times. I'm not sure what was off about him, but he kept talking to me. Maybe it's the New Yorker in me that is still leery of the Oregon friendliness at times but I still think this guy was creepy. The first time I passed him he said something to the effect of "Don't give up", the second time he said something like "Keep going honey". He had something to say at each lap. On my second to last lap he asked me how many more laps I had left. I did NOT want to tell him the truth - I had some freaky idea that he would try to kidnap me or something. You had to see him to know why I felt this way. I told him I was on my last one (when I really had one more to go). When I came back around the last time he said "I see you're still running - how about you run over here and we go and grab some beers". WHOA - freak me out! I told him no but thank you and I just kept going - I never even slowed down. I was SO thankful to meet up with my husband at my finish line! I didn't realize until later that he was hitting on me! I have NEVER been hit on before! Even though the guy was a creeper - I still felt flattered! Now I just need a hot guy to hit on me and I will feel over the moon! No worries - I would NEVER act on it - just to catch someones eye would seriously make me day!
For some reason I have been REALLY hungry today. I've been good - I'm still within my daily points - I actually have 7 more left. I usually save a few points so I can have a snack at bedtime. I know everyone says you are not supposed to eat after 8pm but that just does not work for me. If I don't eat a bedtime snack that has carbs and protein, my blood sugar is high in the morning. I don't know what I'm going to eat tonight. I usually have a sugar free hot chocolate (it helps tame my sweet tooth) and popcorn or something but for some reason tonight I am DYING for something substantial and sweet. I'm going to ignore it and hope it goes away while I'm sleeping. I don't know why the heck I am so darned hungry right now. Dinner was really good tonight - I made homemade rice pilaf, steamed cauliflower, and chicken breast that was grilled inside of foil with a bit of olive oil and some garlic and herb Mrs. Dash. It was SO good! The only problem with the pilaf is that it's VERY hard to stop at one serving. Matter of fact - I'm having a hard time getting it off my mind while it's in the fridge. Luckily my husband feels the same way. Hopefully he will finish it off before I wake up in the morning. HA!
Monday I am starting a 6 week weight loss challenge with some friends so I am going to take before pics and some measurements. I'll update those stats on the page here since I have not done it in a while. I'm thinking I'll just suck it up and finally post my actual measurements instead of just what I have lost.
Thank you so much for reading! It really means a lot to know I have people reading! Have a great night!! -Monica