I honestly did not know if I would make it through tonight's run. I did not get enough sleep last night. I was dragging my butt all day and had to start psyching myself up for my run before I even left work. Started out very slow, but determined to reach that 2-mile marker!
When I got to the 1.5-mile marker, I was not sure I was going to make it, so I started to pick up the pace a little bit. With a minute and a half to run, I couldn't see it yet, so I picked it up a little more. I am sure it is an optical illusion, but the second stretch of the trail seems like it slopes the smallest bit uphill the whole way, and I was huffing and puffing by this point. (Of course, on the walk back, it looks perfectly flat!) With 54 seconds left, I saw it, kept chugging, and passed it with 16 seconds to spare. Whoo hoo!!! Tonight the view of the post looked like this...
Much better view! I hoofed it back to the trail head in 33 minutes, and to satisfy my obsessive nature (round numbers good), walked in circles long enough to see this on my new best friend:
I picked this heart rate monitor up at WalMart today - I have my eye on a nicer one, but I don't think I deserve that one yet (also, can't afford it because those pesky kids keep making me spend my money to do things like feed and clothe them, the nerve!), and I happened to find this one on clearance. You have to press your finger on it to record your heart rate, so it's not as accurate as the ones with a strap, but I tried to do it regularly. Even so, I find it hard to believe I burned 1005 calories in an hour, but I still liked seeing that number!
Tomorrow is weigh in day. Not sure how I feel about this week. I think I feel good. I am also excited because after lots and lots of rain, my grass grew enough to mow, so I will be burning up lots more calories tomorrow! Also planning to take the spastic 80 pound puppy for a long walk. Maybe I will find a new place to go tomorrow - I like to change it up and there is another nice trail (asphalt) I'd like to check out for running. One of these nice fall weekends I have to get my butt over to one of the great state parks in the area and check out some hiking trails, too.
Well, I am off to bed, later than I intended, but I ran out of gas on the way home from picking J up from her football game (great planning on my part, huh), and she has to be back at school bright and early for a competition. A Single Mama's job is never done...I'll have to remember to hang up my cape so I don't have to iron it tomorrow!