|Me, Meredith and Janell!!!|
I just had the most fantastic weekend. For starters I was able to get home, see my parents, see my niece nephew, sister and brother in law. I also got to celebrate the union of two awesome people. Yep, we had a local party for Bernie and Meredith in Chicago. All of it was fantastic.
My brother's wife is a runner too, so on Saturday morning my sister, her husband, my new sister in law and I headed down to the lakefront in Chicago to run the Soldier Field 10 miler. I recently ran a half marathon so I wasn't expecting miracles because I feel as though I am still recovering from that race, but miracles are what I got.
I started running the 10 miler and decided I was going to use the same strategy I attempted for the half marathon. I didn't quite follow the strategy all that well. The first five miles of the race I ran thinking about how lonely it is running longer distances alone. At the end of the first five miles I realized I was averaging 45 seconds per mile faster than my long slow distance runs. As I was nearing the end of the race I realized I was averaging 35 seconds faster than my long slow distance runs for the overall race. So, yep, I had positive splits and that is OK because I still killed the race with a 10 plus minute PR. How is that for adding to an awesome weekend.
After our run, my sister and I went out for a bike ride and followed it up with the best darn hot dogs ever!!! I even posted on Facebook that I was wanting to go back for seconds and that is exactly what I did! Which actually leads me to my new challenge.
If you are anything like me, you may get wrapped up in your life and find yourself eating out often. Well I decided I am going to start an eating in challenge. I am going to eat only home cooked food for 30 days. I will step on a scale when I start the challenge on Sunday and then weigh myself in every week, just to see what happens. Because I am going out of town for 5 days during these 30 days, I am going to extend the challenge for 35 days and allow myself to eat out while I'm on the road, otherwise home cooking is where it is at. My friends should expect more invites to eat burritos in my kitchen instead of Chipotle or Qdoba.
So there you have it. I've been busy... Busy with life, busy making plans. If you are so inclined, join me in my eat in challenge and let me know how it goes!!!
In the mean time, I'm going to have another hot dog...