Guess what I just did? I just ran 5 miles – on my lunch break. I’m totally hard core, aren’t I? Actually – because I’m slow – I had to take an extended lunch break to accomplish this task. So, I guess I’m not that hard core, but still! Five Miles! And because I’ve heard the Nashville Marathon is very hilly (The exact comment was, “That is going to be your first marathon? You’re a braver woman than I.”) I decided to add some inclines during my treadmill run. Let me tell you, running on a treadmill pointing up slightly? Is very weird. I kept expecting to lose my balance and bust my ass in front of everyone. But I didn’t. This time.
I also did my first Shower At The Y routine so that I could try to clean myself off before going back to work. (The owner’s of the company all say in unison: THANK YOU.) It was an interesting experience considering I was the youngest one in the locker room by a good thirty years. At one point I actually looked at my body and said to myself, “Damn. I look good.” Which is exactly the opposite from the evening when I’m the oldest by 15 years. It’s all high school girls and I’m cowering in the corner trying not to walk past any mirrors or even look down at my own body.
I think I may try to do this again next week. It’s difficult finding time to do my mid-week training runs now that they take an hour minimum and sometimes 2+. I just don’t have the energy at night to run for 15 minutes, much less 2 hours. I’m going to start trying to do a couple of the runs in the morning (forcing MrZ to get NikkiZ ready for daycare – which he’s thrilled about) and one at lunch each week. This will free all but one weeknight for me, allowing me to
watch my TV shows hang out with my wonderful family every night after work.
Another thing running at lunch does? Gives me motivation to avoid the candy bowl for the rest of the day. Or at least for the next 10 minutes.