I Did It!

Hey! I am happy to report that I followed through and ran home from work today for the first time! Not gonna lie, it was ROUGH. I got outside and could not believe how humid it was out. There were many, many times during the run where I thought about stopping and came so close to walking, but I just slowed down and kept on going. I got slightly lost on the run and had to turn around, but after I figured out where I was going and finally made it to the Mount Vernon Trail (where I do most of my running) I knew that if I walked it would just take me longer to get home.

When the run was over, I ended up doing just over 4.5 miles in about 45-50 minutes. I didn’t have my Garmin with me, but I did use this app called Cardio Trainer on my droid which kept track of my distance/calories burned. I didn’t turn it on until I had been going a little while, but it says I went 4.3 miles in 44 minutes, and burned 567 calories. I know that’s just an estimate based on my age/weight/height, but I can use it for comparison when I do more runs without my Garmin. When I made it home, I was sooo red and so sweaty since it was extremely humid outside, and my face stayed red long after my shower. But, I did it. I’m so happy! 🙂

While today’s run was not ideal, I now know where I’m going and plan to try to run home from work sometimes because it’s great to get home and already be done working out! Also, I think 4.5-5 miles is the perfect distance to do for a run 1x a week or so, but it’ll just depend on how humid it is because I don’t really want to run outside again when the air is as heavy as it was today.

After I got home, I met a friend from high school, Erika, for dinner. We found out while chatting today that she actually works extremely close to where I live in Crystal City! She walks by my elevator daily and didn’t realize that’s where I lived – so hopefully we’ll be getting together more often. We went to a Mexican Restaurant that has a great happy hour, and I didn’t eat as healthy as I would have if I was eating at home, but it wasn’t that bad either. I started off with a “small” frozen margarita:

Which was actually pretty huge. I also had a vodka soda later in the night but limited myself to one margarita. Plus, it was a special occassion because I hadn’t seen Erika in ages even though we live in the same town. We housed some chips + salsa while chatting, so I decided to go light with my meal since I ate too many chips, and ordered the veggie fajitas.

I was actually really impressed with them! I asked for no sour cream and extra pico de gallo instead, and I ate one flour tortilla plus lots of veggies + pico de gallo. I ended up bringing the leftovers home because I overdid it on chips. While not ideal, I feel like at Mexican restaurants I usually overdo it on chips and then overdo it on my meal too, so this time I went for moderate overdoing instead… baby steps, right?

Anyways, I am very happy that I toughed it through my run even though there were lots of excuses that I was coming up with to stop. I think I finally got myself out of the rut I was in and feel like I can move forward being healthy. I don’t have too many other distractions coming up, besides going away for Father’s Day this weekend, but I think I can still be pretty healthy and avoid drinking too much, while fitting in at least one workout over the weekend. I plan to try to go to Bikram tomorrow if I can make it after work, or else go for a bike ride or another run, but definitely some sort of good workout.

I hope you all had a great Hump Day! Be back tomorrow!