It was 5-5-15 on Tuesday so I really wanted to do 5 miles just because it was the day of 5’s. Well, my plan didn’t really work out. I went to the greenway after work and after about 2 miles I thought to myself hmm, it’s really really hot out here. I checked my phone just to make sure I wasn’t being dramatic and it said 82 degrees. This is not even close to “hot” for North Carolinians, but this was the first run this year where I really felt uncomfortable. I turned around at the 2 mile mark and kept it to 4 miles @ 8:14 pace. I’m going to have to ease into this whole summer running thing, especially since I do most of my running after work.
After my run, Thomas and I decided we wanted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some margaritas and Mexican food. Well, two restaurants with two 45 minute waits later, we decided against that idea. I can’t stand to wait at restaurants, especially after a run. So, nothing really went as planned on the day of 5’s, but I’m totally fine with it.
On another note, happy late 40th birthday to the great Meb Keflezighi. The masters category just got a little more competitive! I have a serious Meb obsession as of late, probably because I’m in the middle of Meb for Mortals. I’m also obsessed with the fact that he recently said he’s gained 12 pounds since Boston… I just picture him sitting around eating cake and pizza and it makes me smile (even though Meb would never do such a thing).
Now, on to Wednesday. During my past few runs I’ve been noticing that I’m running in two extremes: 9:15ish pace or 8:15ish pace, which might be a good thing since I want to run around 8:30-8:45 pace for my half. I decided on a treadmill run so I could control my pace and get out of the 85 degree heat. I ended up doing 3 easy miles @ 8:34 pace while watching Bloodline. Another blogger recommended this show on Netflix and I can’t remember who it was… please come forward so I can thank you!!!
One thing I do looooove about this warmer weather = dinners on the deck.
Wednesday also marked the end of my 30-day plank challenge. I want to be completely honest about this. I skipped a few days. There were days where I just completely forgot, so sometimes I did them twice a day to make up for it, but sometimes I didn’t. I did however build up to my goal of a 3 minute plank, and I do feel like they are a lot easier than they were on day 1. I didn’t get a magical 30-day six pack or anything like that… I think you actually have to eat healthy and stop drinking beer to have one of those.
I think the biggest advantage of doing a challenge like this is creating a new habit. Now I feel like planks have become a natural part of my workout routine. I’ll do them in the morning or after a run without really thinking about it or dreading it. I think my next challenge is going to be push-ups, but I’m going to wait until after my half marathon.
What is the longest you will wait at a restaurant?
Are you running in the heat yet?