I actually had a pretty good day, which is good because the past week has been rough.
Yesterday, we went to the game, this was pre-game…we won’t talk about post game.
This morning, we got up and went to Americana for brunch. Last weekend, we went to Brunchpacolypse at Tacopocalypse and had the most amazing burrito (the I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Breakfast burrito):
While we didn’t get the mimosa bar, the brunch buffet was really good, even the brisket hash that was pretty spicy. We then went to the sculpture park which for some reason we’d never been to even though we’ve lived here in town for three years:
We spent the rest of the day going around town, shopping. I had a VERY good time at Old Navy. We picked up some shirts for Hailey and Carly and I saw the same shirt we got them in the Women’s clothing. Being the size I am, I haven’t been able to buy anything in an Old Navy store since they moved all of their plus-size clothing online and out of the actual stores. Brett told me just to try the shirt on and for the first time since high school, I was able to buy a shirt that was not in the plus-size section of a store (the picture is not the shirt I got them, they didn’t have that one in their store, so I had tried on a different one and ordered online, but I still bought the one in the photo):
I was so happy I decided to go running today, and actually go outside instead of on the treadmill. It was also only 68 degrees when I left at 530pm so perfect for running. My plan was only to run the 1.9 miles around Gray’s Lake, I didn’t put my running socks on and didn’t take my water bottle because I thought with such a short distance, it would take me a little less than half an hour and I would be fine. Right after I started, I veered off the path and decided instead of running the bridge, I’d run the trail behind the lake since it would be less crowded (nice day, big city, Gray’s can get pretty packed). The path behind the lake eventually comes back to the lake and then you have the option to start going downtown or continue on around the lake.
I don’t know what possessed me to do it, but I decided to start downtown. At the end of my first mile, I had a faster time than I had ever had before, a mile of 13.38, which I was averaging 14.21 on the treadmill at the gym. Apparently that was enough to really get me going, so I decided to head down towards Principal Park, it ended up that the bridge was closed, I was going to go to the steps and take a picture to have Brett guess where I was, but had to do it from across the river. By that time, I was two miles in, which means two miles back to the car. I had planned on just walking back, but decided to run it instead. Less than an hour after I started (there was some stopping at water fountains and to take photos along the way), I ran 4 miles today. At the gym, I run one mile, two if I’m not dying after the first. Today, I ran 4. It’s a good thing I did a screen shot of my mapmyrun app because I forgot to shut it off when I left and didn’t realize it until it turned over to 6 miles when I turned into Hy-Vee. I had record timing for those last two miles!
To give perspective of what this actually means to me, in June, I ran the Run of the Roses in State Center, just the 5K. I ran 3 miles in 51 minutes. I ran 4 miles tonight in 59 minutes. My pace per mile in the 5K was 16:34, it was 14:40 today, that’s almost a full 2 minutes faster than I was 3 months ago. Actually, I ran the 5k three months ago today.