One Day Rest & Back on the Horse

I ran this morning.  After resting yesterday (with the exception of walking around Target at lunch and walking to the library to return a book after work), I was feeling good and ready to get back on track and back to running. 

So after work yesterday, I came home and spent some time with my stick and the dogs.  I didn't have anything on the agenda for the evening, so I just relaxed a little.  My body needed some relaxation after the workout I gave it on Sunday, after all.  I already knew what I was going to cook for dinner, because I was not really going to be cooking!  After our dinner at Maggianos on Sunday, J and I were both sent home with bonus pastas, so we were just going to reheat those and have that for dinner.  And when I got online to find the reheating instructions, it just talked about microwaving, so SCORE!  4 minutes and our dinner would be ready.

When J was changing out of his work clothes, I heated up dinner (and a piece of naan for him, which he requested).  We both had water with dinner and enjoyed our ravioli from Maggianos.  Definitely not the most ideal dinner, as far as "healthy" goes, but we'll be back on that wagon in no time, I have every confidence.

At least we were eating at home and not spending money on another dinner out.  I am giving us some credit for that! 

We hit bed pretty early last night, getting in bed by 8 pm.  I know, we are completely lame like that.  J did a little bit of work and I just rested and we were probably both off to sleep in the storm that we had last night by about 9:30 or 10.

When my alarm went off at 4:35, I was ready to get up and get a workout in.  I feel like I probably could have yesterday, but I skipped it in favor of a rest day.  After all, it WAS the day after my marathon, and I certainly SHOULD take a day off.  I dressed in my running gear and checked out the window.  It was still raining, so I hit the gym.  I decided to run at the gym on the treadmill instead of outside, because then I would have more control over my pace. 

I started it up with the plan of 4 miles twisting around in the back of my head.
Mile 1 - 9:40
Mile 2 - 9:31
Mile 3 - 9:13
Mile 4 - 8:57
And then another 0.26 miles at around 9:30 to round out to 40 minutes.  I ended up with an average of 9:23 pace, which I was pretty pleased with.  I was just getting bored, so I kept kicking it up on the treadmill!

Tomorrow's speed group as mile repeats.  4 of them.  I want to clock them in at around 9min/miles.  We shall see!

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