More Miles Means More Hunger
First things first, I did something this week that I haven’t done in nearly a month – I lost weight!
Only 1 pound but I’m so excited for that pound haha. I’ve now lost a total of 109 pounds. I’ve been eating pretty well and trying to stay balanced. I’ve been running a lot though and more miles means more hunger so it can be tough. Let’s hope the number keeps dropping! Here’s a breakdown of my runs this week:
I’ve been saving up money for a few months to be able to afford my very first Garmin GPS running watch. I finally got it this week! I bought the Garmin Forerunner 235 and I’m so in love with it. I wrote a separate review post because there are so many reasons why this watch is awesome! Read my review here!
Where I live, there are several Moms Run This Town chapters so I am actually a member of 3 different ones! I’ve been running with the closest nearby chapter since April but schedule conflicts have been preventing me from running with the other 2 chapters thus far. On Thursday, I was FINALLY able to make it to another chapter’s run! It was so nice to meet this group of ladies face to face after knowing them online for a few months!
We ran 5 miles at our own pace. The member on her bike is Misty who is a bada** (sorry there’s just no other word for her!) heavy weightlifter, Spartan racer, and marathoner! She’s bike training because she’s going to be adding Triathlete to that long list of accomplishments! (You can and should follow her on Instagram under the tag disneyprincess_on_the_run!) The chapter leader and I ran together and got to know each other. She’s training for her first full marathon! All along the 5 miles, she was giving me tons of great half marathon tips and advice. She really got me pumped up and excited to start training! (Is it August yet?) She helped me hit an awesome milestone as well: I ran the entire 5 miles without any walking! I had never run more than 3 miles without a walking break before. That felt pretty amazing!
It’s a little tough to make it to the MRTT events with my husband’s constantly-changing work schedule but I’m going to keep going to all the group runs I can because these women are awesome!
Another milestone I hit this week was setting a new personal record for my fastest mile. I did it for the #MyMile challenge for Strava and ran a mile in 9:22! I was expecting around a 10 minute mile so I was really surprised at my time. Basically, I sprinted as hard as I could until I felt like laying down and dying, walked for a few seconds, and then sprinted some more. Rinse and repeat. I was drenched in sweat and had to lay on the floor twice as long to recover haha. I felt super accomplished though!
Tuesday was Independence Day so to celebrate, I put together the most red, white and blue outfit ever and set out for a run.
I had Alex in the stroller and we ran 4 miles to celebrate the 4th! We headed across town to run near the river and enjoy the sights. It was a bit warm and muggy but overall a really nice, easy run!
Independence Day means it’s July which means the end of June and therefore the end of #streakingwiththeCOOLKIDS.
Three lucky runners won some amazing prizes and unfortunately I wasn’t one of them but this streak was really great! 1. I made some new online running friends. The more the merrier! 2. I managed to get up and get out the door every single day and walk or run at least a mile. There were a few days that I wouldn’t have done so without this streak to motivate me. By the 3oth day, it just felt like a habit! The streak may be over for some but I’m still going! In my wildest dreams, I’ll make it all the way until next year’s event. We’ll see 😀 With the help of the streak, I was able to surpass my goal of 65 miles for the month of June!
I’ve set the bar for July at 75 miles! I was going to set it higher but half marathon training starts in August and I don’t want to do too much too soon and risk injuring myself and compromising my training. I’m not letting anything stand in the way of me and that Half!
I’m doing the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on October 28th. Who’s coming with me? We can train together – in person or virtually. I would love to see you jump in on this journey! Here is a link to my newly revamped Races page where you can now find links to my Race Recaps and BibRave Reviews!
My goal this week is to lose at least 1 pound and do a long run of 5.5 miles. What are your goals right now? Comment below!