Before I recap my lovely Wednesday for you, I want to share with you my Tuesday evening surprise!
Elephants! To promote the upcoming circus, there was an elephant parade (and some horses, but those were less exciting) through the streets of DC! We caught the tail end of it, and even saw some circus performers.
It was quite a surprise, but a great way to end Tuesday (of course, after I skipped my run for margaritas 🙂 )
And now onto Wednesday…
So after being a lazy-margarita-guzzling bum, I decided I needed to turn my life around. I started the day with some blackberries sprinkled with Splenda, as my breakfast. I don’t know how/why I’ve never done this before. Usually I just tough it out with the really tart berries, never realizing that a little Splenda can go a long way. Life changed!
To continue “staying healthy,” I ventured down Connecticut Ave to visit Sweetgreen for lunch. I hadn’t been there in a while, and since our office will be leaving Dupont soon (tear 😦 ) I figured I should take advantage and go.
YUMMM! Had a delicious salad of romaine & spinach, with avocado, red onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, bacon and almonds, with their champagne vinaigrette. Seriously SO GOOD. I have to apologize to my cubicle neighbor for the shoveling sounds I made while eating at my desk. I just couldn’t devour it fast enough! Eating healthy never felt so good!
But, I couldn’t stay strong for too long. Around 3:30 pm, I had a craving. And some refined sugar products were needed. So I convinced some of my co-workers to accompany me on my trip to Rite Aid.
Yup. It’s physically impossible for me to leave Rite Aid with just one bag of candy. I consider it complete restraint not having left with four bags of candy! 🙂
After my candy-feast (note: i did not eat ALL of both bags, just a significant portion of one) it was time to get in running mode. With about 4 weeks until my 10 miler, I was ready to start getting my butt kicked in workouts. (To be honest, the butt-kicking is WAAAAAAY overdue, I’m just slow).
In the plan:
- 1 mile warm up
- 2.5 miles with at least 6 fartleks thrown in
- 1 mile cool down
Welp. I did it. Can’t say it felt good. At all. In fact, I can say it felt not so good. Plus, my late afternoon candy-feast bounced around in my stomach the entire time. Sometimes Daphne makes bad candy decisions. Eating candy is not one of them, but eating lots of candy 45 minutes before a run is. Lesson learned. It’s for real a hard knock life.
So now I have fully come to realize that I am pretty out of shape, fartleks are hard, and jelly beans and reese’s pieces are not great pre-run fuel. It was one of those moments (and by moment, I mean all 2.5 miles of the speed part) where I regret all those missed workouts, crunches, planks, etc. WHY DIDN’T I WORK HARDER SOONER?
But hindsight is 20/20, right? Today, the future is bright (and 80 degrees!). I will have a nice relaxing recovery run. (but no jelly beans immediately before it – see, I learn quickly!)
What are some of your favorite butt-kicking workouts?