Original goal: Complete 5k (3.1 miles) in 40 minutes by the end of October.
Today: Neither of those things happened. Granted, I'm only 1/10 of a mile under the original goal. The total time was 41:42, average pace of all three miles was 13:55.
Anecdotal Recap: There were numerous obstacles, some mental and some physical. I kept putting off my run today, which means I was afraid of what I knew would happen: I wouldn't do well. Then, I found every excuse in the book to continue delaying it - my watch needed to be charged, I needed to wash clothes, blah, blah. I ate a big, carby, late lunch. Which caused my run itself to suffer, as I stopped three times (I paused the Garmin) to breathe out a side stitch.
So, basically I'm upset with myself for not working harder to make my goal happen, and also for not taking care of body so it can perform at its best. The good news is that I am refocused and ready to recommit!
November goals: I have two, one related to food and the other to running.
1. Gluten-free till Thanksgiving. Why? I've had too much of a good thing (i.e. my lunch today), and need to switch things up for a little bit. I intend not to use supplemental foods either, such as gluten-free pastas or bread. More or less, I'm giving up this part of the starch family for three and a half weeks. I'm still friends with corn and potatoes. Off to the freezer you go. . .
2. Turkey Trot (4 miles) completed in under 53 minutes. This means my average pace would be in the neighborhood of 13:30. I first participated in this Thanksgiving morning run last year, and ended up walking half. I think my racing chip logged me in at 15:36 per mile. Yikes! So, this year if I could shave off 2 minutes, I would be pleased. Not to mention, I feel like it is a small, yet doable challenge.
My commitment is to blog every Sunday about these goals (to be named Thanksgiving Goals, or TG), documenting my progress and thoughts. Thus, if you have any suggestions about gluten-free meals or training tips, do share! I will, of course, continue with my usual 2-3 posts throughout the week - so there will be other topics, should these be of less interest to anyone!
Coming up: Photo Food Journal