My plan for the run was to run continuously for 20 minutes. I am not worried about pace or distance at this point, just getting my heart rate up and getting a nice little workout. I began running and even thought to myself, "Man, I am starting out pretty fast here!" Well, that feeling did not last long. At one point I looked down at my watch and saw I had only been running for 10 minutes, and at that time I was thinking, "I feel like I am going to throw up."
I ran to a little playa lake by our house and it was really pretty with the sunrise as well. It is pictured below. There are a lot of geese that hang out there, so it was so pretty to see them in the water and hear a few fly overhead. At about 15 minutes, I thought to myself, "It is time to quit," but I managed to keep running. Although, running could be a relative term. A passerby probably would have thought "What is wrong with that girl?" I am sure I looked pretty pathetic. After the wanting to quit thought, near disaster occurred. My ipod froze...literally. The music stopped, I kept pushing buttons, and nothing (I guess they are not made for sub-freezing temps).
So, with no music to give me an extra boost, and only a few minutes remaining, I slowly, and bitterly plugged along. At 19 minutes I said out loud (I know, ridiculous), "You can do this," and I ran until the time ran up. At the 20 minute mark, I began to walk, and the "Hallelujah Chorus" rang sweetly in my ears.
Although my run was short, slow, and overall pathetic, I have to admit I am pretty proud of myself. I hope my brothers are reading this. They are both super fit run for fun guys (one even ran track in college). They know how bad of a runner I am, so they should be proud!
After my run, I took a nice shower, read my Bible while eating a good breakfast, then went to work. I have to admit, it was a good morning, and I felt great all day. I guess this exercise stuff is pretty good for you...who would have thought!
Today I brought a little of my Chex Mix to school for a mid-morning snack. I have heard many people recommend eating healthy snacks throughout the day to help cravings and metabolism, so I am trying to do that more. For lunch, I came home from work, and looked in the fridge to see what we had. I had some ciabatta and prosciutto left from the burgers the other night, so I put a prosciutto slice on each piece of bread, grated fresh parmesan cheese over it, then drizzled a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil over it. I toasted it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. It was a good, quick lunch.
For dinner we ate out because it was a busy night. Tomorrow is the day I pack my lunch for work, so I made a pasta salad I could take to work with me. This is a good, simple recipe, and I like that I can make a large amount of it, throw it in the fridge, and have lunch all week! This is a recipe my mom gave me at one time, I think she found it in a magazine awhile back. Here it is:
- 16 oz. package shell pasta (or other pasta of your choice), I used Conchiglie from World Market
- 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 3/4 c. olive oil
- 1 c. chopped fresh basil
- Fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c. toasted pine nuts
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and set aside to cool, later you may want to run a little cold water over it to cool it more.
- Combine next 7 ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
- Pour cool pasta in large bowl. Pour oil mixture over, top with basil, cheese, and pine nuts. Toss well. Keep refrigerated and serve cold (or room temperature).