Sunday I got up at 6:30, showered, and went to the newly remodeled Wal-Mart on Rand with my mother. I was blown away by how awful it was. The expanded food section is worthless if the rest of the store suffers for it - especially since there are dozens of grocery stores in the area. We ended up leaving Wal-Mart very nearly empty-handed and went to Target instead.
Ran 6 miles last night in 59:00. That's, like, two 5Ks in 29:30 each. I'm pretty happy with that. I tried out a new shirt I got at Target, made of wicking fabric. It started off nice enough, but it clung to my fat rolls and was completely soaked through with sweat by the time I finished my run. It's a good thing I run at night, because I was feeling pretty self-conscious by the end of it. Ehh. On the other hand, it's lighter than the old t-shirt I've been using and it seems to be drying faster, so I guess I'll stick with it.
I'm thinking about adjusting my running schedule slightly. I've been running every other day since the beginning of May. However, that means some weeks I run three times and some weeks I run four. I'd really rather run four every week, especially since my training schedule is based on a four day schedule. (For example, my planned runs for the next four day schedule: 4, 5, 4, 6.5.)
My options (which are kind of obvious, but I'm listing them for my sake anyways):
- Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday (short, medium, short, long runs)
- Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday (short, medium, short, long runs)
- Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (short, medium, short, long runs)
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday (short, medium, short, long runs)
I'll crosstrain on the other weekdays, and take the other weekend day off.
If I start this week I'll be doing one of the first two options, to give myself a bit of a rest day after my long run. Or, hell, I could switch it up every week if I desire! Hah. I like flexibility in a schedule. I won't make any decisions until Wednesday/Thursday, because it's supposed to rain all week.
Regarding my progress with running: the first three miles of my runs have become downright easy. I know, right? Ridiculous. I think it's really cool though. The fourth mile is always a struggle, I don't know why. Maybe because I repeat a good portion of the streets I've already run down on it. Any miles after that are usually slightly easier than the fourth, but I feel them more - I have to put more effort into them.
I've been adjusting my diet slightly, basically just eating a little less. Food is my weakness. I honestly have no self-control. It's been going pretty well so far.
I'm looking forward to Korea, because I plan to buy a bike while I'm there and do some miles on that. It'd be a good form of crosstraining I think, and it would let me explore a little easier. I'm also kind of hoping that I end up in a town with an expat sport league of some sort, preferably for soccer. And I'd like to take some martial arts classes too.
You guys, I just realized something!
I'm becoming a jock.
(Somebody shoot me.)