Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rise and Shine (and RUN!)

Sunday night? Already?? Another weekend gone by too fast... It was a good one though. Hope yours was too!

Believe it or not, the highlight of my weekend was my 9-mile run on Saturday! I was determined to get up and out the door before the sun came up to get my mileage in, so I started prepping on Friday. I drank a TON of water and made sure I ate plenty of carbs (hello veggie/hummus wrap and steamed veggie dumplings!). I even got into bed before 9:30 pm to start winding down. I ended up not going to sleep until 10:30, but for a good reason - I got a 9:30 call from my very best friend (who I haven't seen in 6 years!!!) and we ended up chatting for nearly an hour. Even though it cut into my sleep time, it was so good to talk to her and my mind felt clear and happy afterward.

Fast forward to Sunday morning... I set my alarm for 5:15 am to give myself enough time to fully wake up and eat something, if needed. I could tell I was mentally in the "rise and shine" zone because I actually woke up 15 minutes before my alarm went off. I laid in bed for about another 15 minutes before getting dressed. I was still comfortably full from dinner the night before, so I didn't feel like I needed to eat anything before heading out. I flipped on the news and did some stretching in the living room, then put on my gear and walked out the door. My goal was to be out the door at 6 - I left at 6:05. Not bad!

It was only 73 degrees outside, but about 90% humidity. Luckily there was a nice breeze. I needed it because I started sweating profusely as soon as I started moving. I kept my pace very comfortable for about the first 4 miles while I continued waking up, and then started to pick it up.

I finished strong and felt great afterward! I had forgotten how great it is to run in the morning. Not just because it's cooler outside, but it's so enjoyably QUIET! I still had my music on, but I had it much lower than usual since there weren't really any noisy cars to contend with.

I was home by 7:30 - plenty of time to get myself and the kiddos ready for 9 am swim class. And let me tell you, being in pool for mommy and me swim class never felt so good! Just what my legs needed after 9 miles. Run, then swim. I need to remember this going forward!

Probably the best part about my early morning run was my nap! I forgot about how great that was too! Running in the morning frees up the noon to 2 pm time slot so I can nap when the kids nap. I only slept for about 45 minutes, but it felt like the most amazing sleep! I foresee many more Saturdays just like this.

A few other weekend highlights...

Dinner out with the fam

Cherry-vanilla-flax protein smoothie

BBQ tempeh with roasted asparagus - mmm!
What was the highlight of your weekend?

1 comment:

  1. I love that you were able to get up and get your miles in before the rest of your house woke up. It totally sounds like a great weekend. BBQ tempeh sounds SO good too.