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Happy Saturday, everyone!  I hope you are all having a great weekend.  We’re having a nice, relaxing day, starting with:

Coffee and Cats:

Yeah, we're those people

Eric and I were having our morning coffee when we decided to check to see if we had any hungry kitties at our door.  Uh, yes.  Yes we did.

Then, a fun workout, followed by:

Protein shake (yuck) and grilled pb, honey, and banana sandwich (yum)

I did a 5k on the treadmill (too hot outside), running 1.5 miles at a 2% incline and walking the rest in intervals.  I broke up the runs into two .5 miles and two .25 miles with .25 mile walking breaks and a brisk warm-up and cool-down.  I decided to do shorter running bursts so I could push up my speed up to a 9.17 pace.  Last week I did a 10:00 mile, and before that it was 10:40.  I know relative to most runners a 9.17 mile is still pretty slow, but I was thrilled.  Running is a sport in which your biggest competitor is yourself, right?  Well, I totally kicked my butt today!

During my walking breaks, I hiked up the incline to 7% and kept my pace strong.  It’s my favorite way to break up my runs on the treadmill because it puts pressure on different muscles (mostly my glutes) and keeps my heart rate up while still allowing the muscles used most in running to rest.

I actually hadn’t run since last Sunday, when my weekend workouts resulted in pretty significant back pain.  The pain lasted all week, although it did start improving by Thursday.  I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been pretty discouraged about it.  Being new to running, I’ve had my share of struggles with motivation or impatience.  I feel like I’ve found good ways to deal with these setbacks, which makes my back pain – something that could indicate a very real risk and can’t just be overcome mentally – all the more frustrating. I feel like I’ve been writing a lot of posts about not being where I want to be or struggling with my runs.  I don’t want to be negative, and I am not fishing for encouragement (not that I don’t appreciate it!).  I just think it’s important to be honest.

Anyway, I got back on the proverbial horse and had a great workout today.  I had an epic stretch session immediately following my run, and another shorter session after my shower.  I plan to do at least two more today and several tomorrow to keep my back from getting too tight and hope that will help!

Okay, I’m off to do some shopping.  🙂  See ya on the flip side!*

*Do people still say that?  No?  Hmmmph.