*I am trying to slow down my running. I know I shouldn't complain about being fast....but I think it's hurting my training in a way. I have looked at multiple half marathon training schedules and every single one talks about this conversational pace. My normal runs aren't conversational pace...so I am trying to change that. Today I ran 6.3 miles and REALLY REALLY had to think with every step about slowing down. My longer distance pace should be 8:58-9:05. At some points I felt like I was shuffling along which was uncomfortable and felt harder than running fast. All in all it was a great run though. I worked up a nice sweat, and I felt good afterwards. I didn't quite run as slow as my pace should have been, but I did my best.
*Last night I was reading Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong (sadly I am in the last chapter) and she had a great section on gratitude and being thankful. I realize that I am prone to looking at the things I don't have....or the things I don't do, instead of being thankful for what I have and what I do. I am in no way perfect, and my life is in NO way perfect. But I have SO much. I have a beautiful daughter who is healthy and the happiest little thing I have ever known....I have a husband who is loyal...I have more than is necessary in regard to material things, I have a job, and above all I have my health. Really I should never complain, and I never should feel down about what I don't have. There are so many people who have so much less...I really need to remember this and be thankful.
*It's freekin hot lately. I am sick of every day being 100 degrees with nasty humidity that has me sweating within seconds of being outside. Don't get me wrong I love a good sweat....but I also love being able to get out of the shower having rinsed that sweat off...and not be sweating again the moment I step outside while exerting no effort. There are things I like about Texas....and there are things I miss about California/Kauai. I miss the ocean breeze...I miss dry heat....I miss Santa Anas....I miss mountains...gosh do I miss those mountains!
Thanks all for reading, and I hope you have a great Wednesday!
Another one of my favorite running spots...Hanalei Bay, Kauai Hawaii
And I am loving this wine lately. It's a chilled red and very refreshing.