As promised, I really picked it up this week with running. It helped to have the Monday holiday and to be well rested after a low mileage week.
The beginning of my week was somewhat low mileage, with 3 on Monday and 4 on Tuesday. I was proud of myself, though, for running on Friday, which I usually take off. Just a short 3 miles, but it felt great! I treated myself to Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner (which, with lots of veggies and brown rice, ended up being a surprisingly healthy meal).
Saturday was my big run. Previously, my last long 'run' was the 8.2 over a month ago on trails, that featured a lot of walking. I had been wanting to try 8 on roads with continuous running but kept running into excuses. With Ed gone for a short conference, I had an empty day and motivation to give my 'long' run a try. I did a great job procrastinating, cleaning the house, reading, napping and eating my way to 2pm. Finally, there was nothing else to do but get out and run.
I had a fully charged ipod and had plotted out an 8 mile out and back route, and was ready to go with my watch timer. I was feeling pretty strong for most of it, and even overshot my turn around by about a quarter mile, because I didn't believe that I could have already reached it :). The second half was definitely harder, and by the time I reached an underpass that was about 2 miles away I was really starting to feel it. I pushed through, though, and finally, I finished.
The last section, as I was running through the parking lot of my apartment complex, I explicitly though, "wow....I can't imagine doing a marathon right now!". It's interesting how hard 8ish miles can feel so hard, when once upon a time I did 50. But, I am so proud of that 8.55 miles I ran :).
Speaking of feeling proud, I am now officially 19 lbs down, over 10% of my starting weight :) (And, you really don't need to do the math to figure out that first #, which is less than 10%, I promise :) ). Even though I was going to wait until 20 lbs to post some progress pictures, I figure one pound won't look any different, and I'm feeling like celebrating now. Pictures are nice because I can really see my progress. So far, besides the people who love me and have to compliment me on my efforts, I've only had 2 other people comment on it, but I just have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing this for me and because I want to feel healthy :). I am happy to be looking healthier and more like my 'old' self.
edited to add: I guess people are noticing :D. I was talking to a coworker today about what I did over the weekend and mentioned my run. He replied by telling me that I've been looking really great lately - fit and healthy! *smile*