August was not a great month for me. I was distracted by all the extra-curricular activities in my life. I made horrible food choices and ate more crap than I care to admit. Oh but some of it was incredibly good....I digress. So while I love August as a month, I was happy to see her end along with all the celebrations! The upcoming holiday season may not bode well for me. I can taste the cookies already and I am doomed. I'll worry about that later and strive for a better September first!
It wasn't all bad choices. I did manage to get all my workouts completed which is probably what saved the scale from utter disaster. I did cook some and ate better on those days! I am stockpiling more recipes to try and plan to spend this long holiday weekend organizing September and maybe October! I do much better when I plan things out. It keeps the anxiety at bay. I did spend quality time with my best friend, my mommy and my church family and those are things that I never regret. I need to learn that focusing on these good choices is more important than dwelling on the bad. It's a difficult lesson and one that doesn't come naturally.
On Saturday, I ran outside for the first time all summer. It has been too hot and humid out to even attempt. It was a beautiful day with no humidity! I took full advantage and ran 5 miles! I pushed myself to see what I was capable of doing. On the treadmill, I've managed 4 miles but that is so much easier. There is no weather, asphalt or masses of people to factor into the equation. Just a girl and her treadmill. I am super proud of myself for being able to do it. I finished in just under an hour and surprisingly wasn't passed out on the ground afterwords! Go me! I know that in the past I may have whined, ok ok bitched, about doing the interval zones (those medium and high days) but they really do help the stamina and speed. I may just become an actual runner yet!
Speaking of those medium days...week 10 can suck it. Hear that Ms. All-star, you can have week 10 back and keep the "You're welcomes" to yourself. I am pretty sure I did pass out from it. Wk 10 medium consist of 10min in HR zone 2 (which means I have to run at 6.3+), then 10 min in HR zone 1 (which normally is easy) and finally because your ass isn't dragging already let us do 10 more minutes in HR zone 2. Oh my F'n God...that sucked. I went home, cuddled my puppy and weeped in exhaustion. I can wait another 3 months before doing that again!!