When I run on weekdays, I am usually wiped out because I run after work but before dinner. I usually do not get in a snack beforehand, so tonight I decided to make sure that I had one an hour before my run. I also decided to try an energy shot called E-Drenaline that one of my co-workers got for free at the train station where they were giving out samples. I drank it on my way to the gym.
Be it the snack, the energy shot, or the placebo effect, I had more energy tonight and averaged a 12.5 minute mile during my run (which for me is a great time)! Woo-hoo! Now I just need to work my mileage up from the 3 or so that I have been doing to 5 for my 8K in less than a week and a half... yikes. Seriously, though, I have not run 5 miles since November, so I may end up walking some of the race but I will finish it. It is what it is, and with only a week to go there is only so much that I can do to prepare.
One nice thing happened today, though. I went to my favorite tea shop for my weekly pot (or in tonight's case, two pots) and I ran into a woman who I had spoken with on one of my visits last month. She greeted me and, as I sat down, told me that my talk about running (and stair climbing... this was before I dropped out of the Hustle Up the Hancock) had inspired her to start back on an exercise program! That was so great to hear! She told me about a run here in town in late April, and we are both going to do it. I guess it goes to show that, even though I do not see my accomplishments as inspirational, they can be to another who is ready to start (or restart) her own journey to health and fitness.
All in all, a good day. And my weigh in this week had me down 0.5 pounds which, although a small loss, is still a baby step in the right direction.