On Sunday I ran ten miles. Ten Miles! Last August I would have laughed for hours if you even suggested that I'd run double digit miles but today I did it with ease. I actually ran for almost two hours straight! I took my time and my only goal was to finish. Since I ran 8 miles last week I figured I'd be able to add two more. Not only did I add two more miles but I truly ran the entire way! I walked to warm up at the beginning and walked to drink some water and fix my iPhone but otherwise my feet were running. I wasn't even tired.
I think the weather certainly helped, it wasn't humid at all and it wasn't that hot. The slight breeze made a big difference. My half-marathon is on October 17th in San Francisco and I know there will be similar weather conditions so I am actually looking forward to the run - hills and all. Speaking of hills, I tackled every hill today and ran each one! I am still thinking about my race day strategy, I'm not sure if I will do a timed run/walk like 5 min run, 1 min walk or just play it by ear. I'm going to train both running the entire way and doing a combo to see which I like better. Based on today's run I know I can run the entire half-mile but it is entirely possible that I will have a faster time doing a run/walk combo. I'll figure that out later, right now I am basking in completing a ten mile run. Relatively pain free!
I did take an anti-inflamatory before my run because I didn't want to irritate my hip. That was early this morning and I haven't taken another. I have been having a problem with blisters on my feet right on my bunions and when I stopped by the running store they suggested I use Body Glide. This stuff works! No blistering today and I will always keep it in my arsenal!
After my run I actually got dressed took my son and his best friend to church, enjoyed service and after service auditioned for the choir. Busy day. I did nap when I got home this afternoon but I think my being tired was a result of going to bed late last night with nervous anticipation of my run and the audition at church.
Today is the last day of my Clean Program. My meal today was dinner since we were out this afternoon and making a shake was easier for lunch because I had to defrost the salmon for my meal. After my nap I prepared the salmon by adding sea salt, juice of half a lemon, Mrs. Dash, rosemary, garlic powder, and other spices. I let that marinate for about ten minutes and then broiled it. I also made quinoa - it packs a ton of protein , and seasoned the water to add great flavor. Finally, I prepared collard greens with onions, apple cider vinegar and spices. The meal is completely clean and so delicious. I look forward to leftovers tomorrow.
Although technically my Clean detox is over, I do plan on having at least one protein shake daily. Most likely for breakfast but maybe for lunch or dinner. I am keeping to the no wheat or gluten and trying to really limit my soy intake. In addition to the shakes from the Clean Program I've been introduced to the SoCal Cleanse shakes made from hemp protein which I think I will try too! Or maybe I will win some from Mamavation!I just want to leave a word of wisdom with you - the only limitations we have are the ones that we put on ourselves. You can do ANYTHING that you put your mind to doing. I never believed I could run double digits, complete a half-marathon or stay committed to being wheat and gluten free. And I certainly never though I'd lose over 50 pounds! I've done or am in the process of doing all of these things. Removing the emotional clutter and self-doubt has enabled me to do great things. And you can too!