The temps have been in the 90's all week, with high humidity. We lost power twice, which is nuts, in the five years we've lived here we only lost power two other times. With the Boilermaker coming up on Sunday, I thought I should try and acclimate to the temps in case we have nastiness race day, so I went out into the soupy heat on Tuesday for a five mile run. It wasn't the greatest idea, I left at three o'clock, 93 degrees. Tried to stay in the shade as much as possible, but by mile 2 my water was almost all gone, and I had to walk for a minute. By 3.5 I decided this was stupid, so I went home to bang out the rest on the treadmill. Experiment over.
I'm really excited for the Boilermaker on Sunday. I have a goal in mind, but I'm going to be flexible about it, it will depend on the heat, humidity, and crowds, there are over 13,000 people registered for it. I had a conversation with my friend Heather, as well as Mike about my running. They both think that I'm holding myself back, that I could run faster if I wanted to. I do run faster on the treadmill, because lately my outside runs have been about building mileage, so I don't push my pace. I formulated a plan, so we'll see what happens.
I have two giveaways coming up.....one is of a fitness nature, the other is for kids.....if you have one.
Now the meat thing......I realize that I eat meat once a day. As for for not eating it, I'm going to just take baby steps. If we have pasta Mike usually grills some sausage or chicken to go with it, so he can still do that for himself, I'll just pass it up. I'm also looking at my dairy consumption, which I've felt uneasy about for a while too. I use Coffe Mate in my coffee, so I'm going to switch to either soy or rice milk. I bought some Earth Balance spread to replace my butter, and it's actually really good. Mike gave it a thumbs up, and Butter is one of his favorite things in life (other than me). I love love love cheese, that's going to be harder to replace, so I'm going to wait on that one.
Speaking of cheese, I can't get enough of fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. I don't know what my Italian sister in law does to her salad, I use the same ingredients as her and I can never get it to taste the same. Yesterday I broiled the tomatoes with some ground pepper and kosher salt and layered it with the basil and cheese on a baguette. So good that I had it again today....for breakfast.