My day off didn't quite pan out as planned since it started to drizzle just as I was heading outside to read! Boo. It ended up working out okay because I was able to get a bunch of stuff knocked off my to-do list...clean the bathroom, straighten up my room, do laundry, make some phone calls, and of course do a little more catching up on the Bachelorette! The Rocket Scientist arrived after a trip from Boston, and we headed to Walmart (also on my to do list!) and had dinner at California Tortilla (SO GOOD) before heading over to his grandpa's to watch the end of the Phillies game with his cousin.
That all sounds a lot more tiring than it actually was!
Today I actually got my butt out of bed around 8:30 (crazy, I know). I ate too big of a breakfast so I had to hold off on running, so I made my lunch/dinner while digesting breakfast. My mom and I LOVE California Pizza Kitchen's Chopped Barbecue Salad, so one day I searched for a recipe that was similar. Allrecipes.com is your friend, and I found Amy's Barbecue Chicken Salad, so I gave it a go...now it's a favorite! I make a few adjustments...no corn, no fried onions, but I add cucumber and a red (or orange, this time around) pepper. I also cook the chicken on the stove and add soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. Delicious!
This made an obscene amount of salad, so I'm having it for dinner tonight too. And probably lunch for the next two days.
I headed out for my run after I finished making the salad. Luckily it was only about 75 when I headed out, so it wasn't too hot. I did the seven mile hilly run that I first tried last week, and although my legs were tired to start, I was flying up the hills once I got going.
Wednesday, July 8
7.13 miles in 55:09, avg pace of 7:44
Splits, for fun: 8:01, 8:13, 7:46, 7:44, 7:32, 7:33, 7:25, 0:50 (6:28)
Those splits make me feel better about starting up speedwork because I haven't purposely run fast in a long time. The fact that 7:30 didn't feel too hard is a good sign. Speaking of speedwork, we're leaning towards the Richmond Marathon on November 14, which would mean that marathon training would begin next week. Yikes!