Usually I go into mourning with the ending of June. June is joy. June is the fresh feeling of delight at being free to…well, just to BE. June is full of promise and room to relax. July has a tendency to fly by full of activity and schedules. Before I know what’s happening, it’s August–with its deeper, darker shadows, shorter evenings, heat-withered grass, and school just around the corner. I like to hold on to June as long as possible. Strangely, I’m not feeling that way this year. June was good. I learned a lot. I got some rest. I accomplished some goals. I read several books, spent time with family, and CLEANED OUT THE SPACE UNDER THE STAIRS!!!!! I potted plants, cut and arranged flowers, baked blueberry muffins, and ate a ton of watermelon. It was lovely, but I’m okay with moving on this year. I wonder if it’s the exercise.
The big accomplishment for June, of course, was my first 5K. Since the race I’ve been trying to add more hill work and on really hot and humid days I’ve been running inside on the treadmill working on speed and endurance. I’ve made some progress. I weathered a cold and a bit of soreness in my knees. I got some shorts and shirts made with “technical” fabric. Who knew that existed? It’s definitely cooler! I was able to run a mile in about 8:30 on the treadmill, and one day I did two in just under 18 minutes. Another day I managed 3.1 in just under 29. I’m feeling good about that. I averaged six miles a day over all with my fitbit.
Some days I wake up and I don’t feel like running. Here’s my current strategy for dealing with that: 1) I tell myself that all I have to do is put on my running clothes. They’re comfortable and cool. 2) Once dressed, I decide to just do one mile. One mile is always doable. 3) After the first mile I convince myself to run through one more song, and then one more, and then one more, and so on. I am easily fooled.
On the food-front we’ve been shopping at the Farmer’s Market and filling our diet with fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve cut out diet soda and raised my intake of water. I have time to cook, so I’m trying to stick to whole foods, watch the fat, and cut the sugar. For a treat I’ve discovered Greek frozen yogurt. My favorite is Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. Unfortunately, it’s only available for a limited time, so if you haven’t tried it, go get some! OH. MY. GOODNESS. A couple of spoonfuls in the evening, and I’m a happy girl. I seem to have hit a plateau with my weight. That’s okay, though. I’ve lost 40 pounds now and I realize it will be slower to come off moving forward. I’m learning to focus on how I feel and not on how I look. I feel terrific.
I ended June by buying a new pair of running shoes. I did a lot of research and settled on these shoes by Brooks.
I’m having a hard time believing that even after a sale and a coupon I actually paid over a $100 for a pair of running shoes. (I must be serious about this stuff.) I know it will be worth it, though. My knees are thanking me already.
I need to find a race to run in the fall. I’m concentrating now on getting strong for the trip to Italy in September. It will be great to go on this trip and actually be in shape. I want to continue to work on speed this month. I’m going to visit my parents and it will be fun to run in a different setting. Okay July, let’s see whatcha got!