First Official Day of Training

Today is a BIG day – it is my very first day of my training plan for the Rock & Roll LA Half!! I guess technically yesterday was the first official day, but since Monday’s are one of my rest days, today was the first real run.

I ran a little under 3 miles in a little under 30 min. I’m very specific aren’t I? As a fairly new runner, I don’t have the luxury of a Garmin. I usually bring my Nike+ for it’s stopwatch capabilities and I try to use MapMyRun before heading out, but today my + was dead and I just wanted to get home from work and head out instead of analyzing where I wanted to do my 3 miles.

I have a little dilemma when running from my house to anywhere. I live at the top of a LOT of hills. I also live at the bottom of a LOT of other hills. I normally try to start my run going up hill so I can finish off with a downhill end, but it leads me to the same route all the time.

I’m in a route rut! 

My goal for this week is to get in each scheduled run. That means 3 miles tomorrow and Thursday, rest Friday, 3 miles on Saturday and 4 miles on Sunday. My goal for NEXT week, however, is to get in all of my scheduled runs on ALL NEW ROUTES!

 This is definitely going to be a challenge for me as I am a total creature of habit. I know it’s important to challenge myself by changing where I run though, because it becomes so much easier for me to do a run I am familiar with since I know exactly where the hills are and how close I am to the end. It makes it mentally much less challenging. And since the mental blocks are the thing I struggle with most in running, I think this will be great practice.

One last thing before I call it a night (because I am a grandma and need 8+ hours of sleep or I become the devil) I discovered the most DELICIOUS Paleo-friendly combo!!! OK – brace yourselves because it’s a little odd:

SCRAMBLED (OR FRIED) EGGS + SABRA ROASTED PINE NUT HUMMUS!!!!!

Soooooooooo good! Seriously! Do yourself a favor, wipe the disgusted look off your face, and go try it NOW! Or for breakfast tomorrow. Or for dinner like I did last night. All I know is that it did the unthinkable – it made me not miss cheese!!! Crazy!

Well that’s all I have for tonight. Time to get to bed and try to not get sucked in to whatever show is on USA tonight (I’m looking at YOU In Plain Sight – keeping me up til 11 on a work night).

Goodnight!! 

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