1, 2, 3, 4…these are the miles that I adore!

If any of y’all are parents, the title it to be hummed to Feist’s song “Four” from Sesame Street.  You’re welcome.

So I went for a most uninspiring 2 mile run on Thursday.  It was clear, the humidity was low, the temperature was only 85, but I just felt blah.  I had a long and busy day at work, I had already gone 12,000 steps, and I was looking forward to my run.  However, I got there, got out, and got going.  I was trying out a 1 minute walking to 1 minute running interval, and I really did not enjoy myself.  Really, isn’t that what it’s all about!?

As for today, I had promised J that I would meet up with her at the Saturday morning run for a local running group.  As my alarm goes off at 6am, I’m glaring at the text across the screen that says “Get up and RUN!”  I stagger out of bed, grab my prepped running gear off of the dresser, and head to bathroom to brush my teeth and get dressed.  I give B a kiss, let the dogs out while I set H’s milk up, make myself a cup of coffee, let the dogs back in, fill my water bottle, and drag myself out of the front door.

It really says to Get up and RUN!

It really says to Get up and RUN!

Thirty minutes later I’m standing in a parking lot with about 40 people, only 3 of whom I know.  J tells me that she’s sending me out with the “turtle runners,” who are there to do 4 miles.  So I start out with them, foot feeling fine, until a mile later when I have a blister rubbing my achilles tendon.  My cheapo running socks have slipped down and left the skin exposed, allowing for a blister to form, and burst.  I cover it back up, and keep going.  After another mile, or so, it isn’t hurting as long as I’m making sure to keep it covered.

We ran 20 second running – 40 second walking intervals.  Oh my gosh!  Best run I have had in a long time!  While I could easily have gone significantly faster, I made it back from a 4.1 mile run feeling like I could easily take on another 4 miles.  I met 4 new women, with whom I greatly enjoyed running, and am now feeling very secure in my purchase of the Brooks Transcend.  The weather was very humid, but the temperature remained low for our early run, and we were beautifully glowing with sweat by the time we made it back to our starting point.

Slow and Steady

Slow and Steady

As for J, her group was running 30-30 intervals, and ran a solid 8 miles in the time it took us to run 4.  Yeah…I don’t think I would have enjoyed running with them.  🙂   We all met at Hendershots, a local restaurant/bar, who provides members of the running group (or sweaty guest runners) with water and coffee post-run.  I indulged in about 3 cups of water, while J drank a beer.  Her birthday is this Monday, so it’s her freaking party!  Gave her lots of hugs and love, and thanked her for hooking me up with the turtle group, even though I was sad that we didn’t get to talk and hang out.

J and her beer, and me!!

J and her beer, and me!!

After my run, I hit the grocery store and spent way too much money, even though food is a necessity.  Lots of lean meats, cheeses, vegetables, vegetables, vegetables, and a little fruit that I can freeze and use in my breakfast smoothies.  I’m still trying to avoid most grains, in order to try to lose weight while keeping my blood sugar under control.  I did, however, indulge in some of the So Delicious No Sugar Added Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars.  I CAN’T WAIT!!

That’s all from me, but happy running (and eating) y’all!


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