Today was an amazing run day! It stormed all day, and then about an hour before I went on my break from work, it stopped and cleared up. The weather was super nice, and it turns out that 60 degrees is the perfect temperature for me to run in. Also, there was another guy running on the track, and for my last lap, he was about 30 feet in front of me. I set a goal to catch him by the time my time was up, even though I was exhausted. He must have caught on to what I was doing, because he picked up the pace as I started to get closer, and by the time we had just about finished the lap, I was running pretty much at a sprint (or at least the equivalent after running 2 miles). It was awesome. I didn’t even recognize how hard I was working until I turned the corner and he continued going straight because at that point, I slowed down for the last minute or two. As I slowed down, my breath caught up to me, and I was kinda dying. It was the best feeling I’ve felt in a while. It was accomplishment and empowerment all put together. It made me sooo happy too because my run last Thursday was soo crappy that I had been feeling a little bad about my working out. Now, I’m feeling rejuvenated going into the last workout of the entire C25k plan!
To celebrate, I took a selfie in the mirror to show my progress so far. After 8 weeks of running and eating healthier, I’ve hit my first goal (28lbs), so here is a picture to go with that. My shirt is a little baggy so its hard to tell exactly what I look like underneath, but regardless of what I look like, I feel good! And that is just as important as anything else in this process.
This weekend I did a really good job sticking to my (not) diet. In the past few weekends, I’ve been having cheat days or days where I had big plans that caused me to go over my usual calories by a few hundred (usually not more than 2,000 total tho). This weekend I really stuck to my 1,400 or fewer calories per day because I know next weekend is going to be a struggle. It will be my first whole weekend on the road since I started this process, so it will be a challenge just to keep track of what I’m eating, let alone have healthy enough options to eat under 1,400 cals per day.
This is also my last week of school! Yaaaay! When I get up for internship in 4 hours, I’m gonna have to remind myself of that because I know I’ll be tired just like always. I’ve been doing this mindfulness thing lately where I work on a mandala to slow down my mind and focus. I did a few with Jared on Friday and I’ve been working on them since in my spare time. It’s kinda just a fun way to pass time and center myself. I’m hoping that will help me with the exhaustion I feel on Tuesday mornings. We’ll see!