Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A look at the 2.5 miles

I wanted to post about the 2.5 miles I ran on Sunday. It was a huge accomplishment for me on a few levels.
I have not really gone for a run in a while. After the Track Workout last week, I had been thinking that I needed to start running again. The mud run is a LOT about the obstacles, but the more comfortable you are with the running in between, the better off you are.

I will start out by saying I did not leave my house with intention of running, so to speak. I went out for a walk, which, in the back of my mind I knew meant at LEAST a walk/run. After warming up my very sore hamstrings, I started jogging. I actually felt GOOD. I mean, not even really out of breath for a little bit. Until I started hitting all the hills.

I live in a condo and all around us are hills. I mean, you can't go 1/4 mile without some kind of hill. Once I started up the hills, I had to start talking to myself.

"Come on, you can make it up this one. Then, if you have to, you can walk for a minute"

Then I would make it up the hill, and I would say

"Well, now this is better, it's going down hill a little. Might as well run this"

So on and so forth.

I ran further than I intended. I started looking at the hills as a challenge that I knew I could face. I got to my turn around point. Tired. Fully expecting that I would walk up these 2 massive hills that I just took so much joy in running DOWN.

But I didn't. I started running back up. I just kept running. I ran all the way up to the top of those hills. I gave those hills a mental middle finger. Can't beat me, bitches.

The only times I walked was when I feared for my safety on these winding hills with no sidewalks. I have to run in the street, and sometimes I thought cars coming didn't see me, or just didn't care I was there! (It was getting dark on my way back, so I was trying to be extra careful)

I got about 4 blocks from my home, and I was walking for a little cool down. I was on one of the small sections of flat ground we have around us and I decided to sprint from where I was up my driveway. Sprint for me is probably normal running for others, but dammit, it was a SPRINT for me.

Invigorating. Exhausting.

I couldn't wait to collapse at home. The whole day we were moving my in-laws, who didn't believe that my husband and I could carry their old, HEAVY couch and loveseat out the door. But we did. And lifted it up to get it in the dumpster. Then I showed off my guns. Don't TELL me I can't do something. Just WATCH.

Eats for today:
1 scoop click, 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
B: Pumpkin oatmeal
L: 4 oz ground turkey, seasoned, 100 gr sweet potato, 2 oz cabot 75% red fat cheese
S: banana, 2 tbs peanut butter
D: Lrg salad. 3 cups chopped salad greens and peppers. 10 green olives, banana peppers, 1/4 cup chick peas, 2 tbs less oil good seasons dressing

This will round out my day with 1273 calories. If I am starving later after my workout, I will eat something. I want to keep my calories under control and my macros in check, but I will eat a little over if I am starving after my workout - macro appropriate, of course.

So, my friends, what HILLS have you conquered lately?


  1. Yay! =D You rock girlie.
    On a side note, I keep hearing about Click.. can you get it @ any store?

    1. You can get it at *SOME* stores: The Vitamin Shop is one, but I ususally buy it online. It's cheaper. go to and look up Click. It comes in mocha and vanilla. Love it! Gives me my caffeine boost in the AM with added protein! Let me know if you try it!

  2. Thanks, chick! I think I will - when you keep reading about it, something must be good about it! haha. :) Do you like the Vanilla or Mocha better?

    1. I'm a mocha girl, for sure. netrition actually has them on sale right now, $18 for a canister. One canister lasts me about 2 weeks (cause I only use 1 scoop at a time). The shipping is cheap and super fast.
      Also, if you decide to try the vanilla, let me know how it is - I have not tried it! -)