It IS getting easier

Color me surprised: Running is getting easier. When I did W6D1 of the C25K program Wednesday morning, I did the jog portions — 5 minutes, 8 and 5 more — at 4.1 to 4.4 mph. That’s the first time (I know of) that I’ve run 4.4 mph.

The stats:

39 minutes at speeds of 2.5 (for 1st minute of warm-up) to 4.4. Incline ranged from 0.5 to 4.0. 132 vertical feet climbed; 353 calories burned.

Not too shabby … not too shabby at all. I walked for about 2 minutes at a slower speed before I started the C25K timer, and another 2 or 3 minutes once the timer said my workout was complete.

I notched my first mile at 16:02, and the second at 30:20 … which means I clocked a 14:18 mile — my first sub 15-minute mile EVER. Even in middle/high school, when we did those torturous Presidential Fitness Tests, I think it took me at least 17 minutes (probably more like 20 to 25. I didn’t have any use for exertion back then.)

The one not-so-great thing? I seemed to be extra hungry today. That’s right: The munchies were back with a vengeance. After my run, I sucked down a Birthday Cake Remix Smoothie in no time, then devoured a round of Babybel cheese and the remainder of the Coconut-Lime Mousse I whipped up Saturday night. Lunch was a Five Guys burger wrapped in lettuce; snacks at work were 5 cherry tomatoes and a serving of wasabi-soy sauce almonds.

Cauliflower, green beans, turkey pepperoni, Alfredo and tomato sauces, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses

Even with those snacks, I was hungry for dinner at 5:30. (I don’t usually eat until 7 or later.) When I finally did break out the dinner, I practically inhaled it.

It, at least, was a veggie-packed meal. In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup canned green beans
  • 17 slices (1 serving) turkey pepperoni
  • 2 T Alfredo sauce
  • 2 T tomato sauce
  • 2 T mozzarella cheese
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese

As Rachael Ray would say, yum-o. I compare it to eating pasta.

After dinner, I had a couple of three-ingredient PB cookies. I managed to unload most of them at plot group Saturday, so I’m down to just three more. When I got home from work, I scrambled two eggs with a few veggies — red bell pepper ring, 1 broccoli floret, summer squash round — and a slice of cheese.

No more snacking. I have to get on the scale this morning. Actually, I should probably drink another bottle of water before I hit the hay.

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