This morning I was able to get out and run the 3 miler I had planned. It felt good to be out running around mid-morning. I missed the bulk of the rain and just ran in some sprinkles but it was still cool and not humid feeling. I normally like to set out late morning for my runs from home. This still gives me time to ease into my day with leisurely coffee drinking while the kids gets ready and ship off to school. I can then get my run in, still have time to shower and do a few things around the house like laundry or dishes before all hell breaks loose when the kids come home.
This morning's run was fairly uneventful which is good. I spied some dropped candy on the ground and thought about the little kid that dropped it. I wondered if they would be pissed to know they dropped their precious cargo. I didn't see it on the way home and then wondered if an animal got to it. Often during the week when I do my short runs I run to by the local elementary school and park. I like to hear the kids playing outside and hope to maybe catch a glimpse of one of my kids. When I pass the school I run laps on the soccer field of the local park and eventually plan on doing sprint workouts there when I feel I'm ready. Really a perfect park for fartlek, speed and small hill workouts. Today I only ran 4 laps and noticed on my warm up mile run over to the park that my HR was spiking but seemed to recover pretty quickly once I stopped to walk. I think when I physically running my run time is actually faster than I have been running previously. I am trying to remain as even as possible and breathe through my nose. I notice when I start to let my mind wander I either miss HR monitor beeps, start running too fast and then I notice my HR really jump. I have to remember to stay in the moment and focus on how my body feels, breathing, being as relaxed as possible and just settle in. When you finally let your body settle in it is kind of like you just let out a big sigh and you relax. Additionally, my HR spikes might have something to do with my period so I'll just note it and look for any trends in the upcoming months.
This morning for breakfast: Kirkland Protein Bar
This afternoon for lunch: leftover Butter Chicken w/Riced Cauliflower
Soon to be had snack: Iced SF Coconut Americano w/Heavy Whipping Cream
Dinner: TBD (uh oh, maybe leftover Chicken Jalapeno Popper Chili)
I am adding a couple of split reports. The times are not great if you are looking on the surface but I am pretty pleased with the Captain Jack's splits. They were all sub-15min/mi and working their way pretty closely to sub-14min/mi. I know that does not sound impressive but considering my times we more 15-16min/mi previously I am happy to see the results and know that times are headed in the right direction. I even stopped to talk to some people so that's good to keep in the back of my mind too. I came out of this race not breaking a sweat and feeling pretty awesome afterward.