Today I did something shocking, I actually forced myself to run after work! I have been really, really awful about it, which sucks because at this time last year I was somewhat consistently running during the week. I've brought my gear several times, but I always end up letting work get the best of me, and just blow it off. But the Louisiana Half is getting closer by the day, and I really want to have a decent time and possibly PR, so I've got to get off my ass and start getting those miles in. I don't want to totally lose my distance base!
I really only had about 30 minutes today to get a run in, so I only did 2 miles, but it felt really freaking great. It was SO cold, it was actually about 30 degrees at 4 pm, but it felt so awesome. I forget what a great stress reliever it is to head out right after work, and was really scolding myself for not forcing myself to do it sooner. Instead of feeling all tense and mad when I got in the car, I felt really energized and happy. I posted my time to Facebook, but I did my 2 miles in 24:50. Not bad really, the cold definitely helps my speed.
Something else that would help my speed is to stay on track nutrition wise, but alas, that has not happened. I don't know what it is, but I cannot get my head in the game. Work gets so chaotic and makes me feel so stressed that I end up eating and drinking really crappy. Or I'll just eat way more than I should of something that's moderately healthy. I keep trying my best, which is all I can do, but have tried to not beat myself up about it.
When I got home today I wrote how many miles I ran on my calendar like I always do, and then I counted up how many miles I've run so far this year. I nearly peed my pants when I saw that I'm like 10 miles short of hitting 300 miles for the year! I know to seasoned runners that ain't no thang, but it's a big deal to me. I obviously am going to hit 300 miles, so I thought it would be fun to strive hitting 350 miles by the end of the year. I really only have until December 28th to do it, so I would definitely have to put in some miles, but I know I could do it if I consistently run for the rest of the month. I am kind of excited about it actually!