Monday, February 25, 2008

A Good News, Bad News Kinda Day

But seeing as how I'm a tell-me-the-bad-news-first-kinda gal, I assume everyone is too ~ so here it goes.

Bad News: I ate like total crap today. I was weak and made horrible food choices. Somehow, some wicked chocolate just kept jumping into my mouth and I was unable to defend myself. Then it was all downhill from there ~ junk food city. But it was only one day, and I'm okay with it ~ time to move on. Tomorrow is a new day!

Good News: I had a beyond-fantastic run tonight. Right out of the gate, I felt strong and confident. By 1/2 a mile, I was in a groove and knew it was going to be a great run. I headed out early ~ right after dinner ~ with no Garmin, and no iPod. For some reason, I just wanted to enjoy running. My breathing, which I had so much trouble with on Saturday's long run, just fell right in check. I wasn't even the least bit winded. It is a great thing when your mind and body are both in check and the whole system just works.

I tried to work on running form as well. Lisa and I both commented on Mendy's great running form at RNR, so I worked to emulate that. It took a conscious effort to maintain a different running form than what I am used to, but it felt good. So thanks Mendy!! :)

And the best part of the whole run? I was CRUISING. This was no Slog, friends ~ it was a true, bona fide JOG :) Tonight would have been one of the nights that I would have loved for someone I know to drive by and see me running. I was smooth, and strong. For a fleeting moment, I really wished I had brought Garmie so I could relish in the stats of my good run.....I am certain that the splits were well under 12 minutes ~ and about 75% sure they were in the 11:30ish range. And NO walking. I was FLYING ~ Pokey Style :)

You just can't have a better night. A fantastic 3 mile run, walking in the door and having Hubby say "wow, that was quick," getting in a quick Light Saber fight with my preschooler and tucking my kids in to bed......it just doesn't get any better than this.

Junk Food Jog:

Distance: 3 miles
Time: Enough
Average Pace: Lightening fast Pokey speed

18 comments:

Nat said...

Woohoo!! Nothing like a good run ... I think chocolate is entirely overlooked as a food group.

Viv said...

There was your reward for Sat. I have been in this belief system lately that the rough runs bring on some supah sweet ones!
Great job, Poke!
Do not get me started on the junk, I have to confess I launched off the wagon this weekend again. Will I ever learn :-(
Your are still doing great, hang tough tomorrow is a new day right.

Running Knitter said...

I love awesome runs. And you are right - tomorrow will be a better food day. :)

Wes said...

The only thing better than having one of those runs, is one of your friends having one of thos runs :-) Nicely done!!

David said...

Good for you! And not just in a pat-on-the-back way, but literally GOOD for you! That restores a lot of confidence and helps you look forward to the next run.

Running style is way more important that perhaps many of us initially consider. There's a lot of efficiency to be gained, and that just leads to reducing wasted energy that can be focused on the legs. Develop it, and you'll see the benefits. Way to go!

Bev said...

Got to love that strong run feeling.

On the food front, could it be that you haven't been fueling your body enough with those extra activity points? Since you ate more yesterday you may have had more gas in your tank for the run last night. I know that has happened to me on WW.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

WOOHOO - Congrats on the lightning fast jog. I did more of a slog through ice and snow but it was still fun. Nice going. I love the chocolate just jumping into your mouth. I must buy that brand too!!

Are you updating your mileage every day in the sidebar or is it tied to a log somehow? I like it. And you are killing me on mileage. I think my monthly is only about 20 -- time to kick it up a notch....

Marcy said...

SWEETNESS!! I love me a good run. Not just numbers wise but how you feel. Too bad they are always few and far between for me LMAO!

Marathoner in Training said...

The pleasure was all mine for running into you. YOU know you are a real runner when you shop a a runner store and know people there. Great job on your run, you are truely a great runner. As for the chocolate, you could give it up, but you are not a quiter.

Mendy said...

Ahh... thanks Pokey for the poke. hehe.

Seriously, David has taught me a lot about form, and I went through a tri clinic that on the running night, we had a top-notch college athlete coachy type guy, show us a lot about form. So, since I've changed form, I've slowed down too.

I'm so very happy for you that you got in a GREAT run! Isn't it awesome when you come out of one feeling that way? Keep it up!!!!

No worries about eating like crap. Everyone does it every now and then, and it's okay!

Laura N said...

You are so cute. WTG on the run. And good perspective on the junk food day--just start over the next day (or the next meal, really) and let the bad day go. They are going to happen.

Chief Wahoo said...

Sounds like a great run! I like your new plan -- not measuring everything -- but just enjoying the run!

J~Mom said...

Pokey that is sweet!!!!!! Such a nice feeling to have those super runs where everything falls into place. Now don't have anymore because we need the next one to be at the half. LOL

No seriously, nice job!

Carly said...

Great Job on the the run! There is nothing like a good one to keep you coming back for more.

Lori said...

That sounds like such an awesome run Karen! I agree about Mendy's form. I try to run Mendy-style now, too! She looks so effortless :)

bill carter said...

Hi Pokey

You had one of those amazing runs where everything just feels right. A big WooHoo! It doesn't seem like that happens nearly enough to me, but when it does it is the most amazing thing. In regard to the eating?? I always say that you have got to live a little... you deserve it.

My Life & Running said...

Isn't it funny how you can have a day filled with crap eating and have a fabulous run?? Please... there has to be a connection! ;)

Good luck with that suit! I'm sooo not ready!

Jeff said...

Pokey -- you continue to inspire me. Three lousy runs this week for me, but reading this made me remember that a good one is right around the corner.