The trouble with what goes down …

The only problem with running downhill? You then have to run (or, in my case, saunter) back up.

Bet you can’t guess which parts are which.

Just kidding. The map makes it painfully obvious. The short green part of the path — my fastest time at 12:02 — was the downhill portion of my route. It, of course, was immediately followed by a killer uphill leg that I plodded up at a pace that at times was as slow as 23:58. I knew I should have reversed the path.

It was not a pretty “wog.” I finished the first mile at 15:30-ish and  mile 2 at 32-something. My average pace overall was 16:15. Definitely not speedy — but 8 seconds faster than last week’s 2.5-mile outing. Slow but steady improvement is better than no improvement at all.

With September almost over, I’ve run/walked 28.2 miles at an average pace of 16:23. I’ve spent 7 hours and 42 minutes on the sidewalks of Flagstaff.

If what goes down must come up, the opposite is true when it comes to the scale. In that case, what goes up, must come back down — and quickly.

The dreaded scale lived up to its name Thursday morning, telling me I was up 4.2 pounds.

Yep. I said 4.2. The darn scale showed every bite of those non-Whole30 indulgences — and then some. Even if it’s not a true gain, it’s unacceptable.

I know exactly what happened, though: A long weekend (four days) of too much junk food and not enough exercise. I’m in the process of remedying those problems for next week’s weigh-in.

I started by whipping up a batch of Paleo Pumpkin Chili from Tarah at What I Gather. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but not because I was trying to improve on the original. I just didn’t have all the ingredients as listed. I had to use a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, plus one 7-ounce can of green chiles (rather than two 4-ounce ones).

I was a bit leery of using 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of chili powder — I thought maybe those measurements should be reversed. However, I seasoned as the recipe dictated and was glad I did. The finished dish had plenty of heat.

It might not look too pretty there in the slow cooker, but Tarah’s Paleo Pumpkin Chili is a dinner winner, and I foresee it popping back up on my menu several times this fall. I especially like that it’s a Crock Pot meal — just set it and forget it!

Excited for payday today. I take my Cocoa back to the vet for a follow-up visit and get to grocery shop. Maybe I’ll attempt to make a menu plan (though I’m notoriously bad at following them). I’m better at making sure I have a bunch of different options on hand.

Yeah. Like that worked so well last weekend. 😛

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