Sunday, August 4, 2013

Perfect August, Day Three Recap: "Double Digits!"

Disclaimer: It's late Sunday evening and I am just now blogging my Saturday recap. I let the day get away from me and am ready for bed, but I made a commitment to daily blogging. So, here's the short version.

Oh, Saturday. How I love and hate you at the same time. You and your long runs! I am not always a fan of running them, but I love how I feel when I finish them. And Saturday was my first double-digit training day - 10 miles - so I was feeling especially awesome afterwards.

Let's not pretend that it was an easy run, though. Because Friday was a late night, I slept in Saturday morning so I would meet my "get a good night's sleep" commitment. But, the ripple effect of that meant that I didn't get to start my run until almost noon. Yep, and I'm a morning runner, so the later in the day I start, the worse it is for me.

The whole time I was running, I was bartering and bargaining with myself.
  • "I should just do 5 miles today and 5 miles tomorrow."
  • "This pace is too slow and I'll be here forever. I should go faster."
  • "I should walk."
  • "I could walk a mile, then run an extra mile at the end."
  • "I'm nearly done. I should run a super fast mile to finish."

All of that chatter in my head, and there was only one thing that would make it all shut up.

I wanted to change up, to run faster, to run slower, to stop... anything, it seems, except to run the 10 miles at the 11:53 per mile pace. But I had made the commitment to myself that I was going to be perfect for the entire month of August, and no stupid long run was going to get the better of me.

After the run, I was feeling all kinds of great. I found it easy to get through the rest of the day and stick with the rest of my goals. I didn't drink alcohol, I ate completely within my calorie range, I didn't drink Diet Coke and I avoided all caffeine after 2pm. I was Aces!

I realize I have a whole month ahead of me, but so far, having a specific plan has really kept me on track.


And as a bonus, here's the video of us Scuba Diving in La Jolla Cove on Friday. Enjoy!

The Cove short from John Hulsey on Vimeo.

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