Avg Pace
Summary 1:14:45.8 7.00            10:41
1 10:34.4 1.00 10:35
2 10:22.3 1.00 10:22
3 10:30.1 1.00 10:30
4 10:46.2 1.00 10:46
5 10:25.0 1.00 10:25
6 11:09.4 1.00 11:09
7 10:56.6 1.00 10:57
8 :01.8 0.00 12:35 

So, everyone who knows me knows that I can am an over-analyzer. It is probably really bad if you were just talking about over-analyzing on a run this morning, but I just can’t help it.

So, here is the deal … look at these slow miles. What I am trying to figure out is the why. I looked at one of my runs along the same route from December and I was about 30 seconds – 1 minute faster per mile.

What I have going against me:

1. Hip is still hurting somewhat.
2. Breathing was off. That may have something to do with getting over some sinus stuff and that it was 75 degrees by 6AM this morning and humid.
3. My head

So, for the hip, I am icing 1x a day, have “prescribed stretches/strength moves” to do 2x a day, have a small insert for my shoe to balance out a minimally shorter leg, and use Biofreeze before my runs.

As far as breathing is concerned, I use my inhaler, but just felt out of breath more than normal. Can’t do anything about the heat and humidity at the moment.

My head – well that is another post altogether. Not sure if I am just over-thinking everything and not getting in my groove.

Things I know …

1. Need to keep up with my exercises and icing.
2. Definitely need to find a way to do yoga at least once per week.
3. Know that I need to get my head in the game and enjoy this experience.

Anyone else slow/having trouble breathing/finding their running-mojo lately?

Another reason

That I can tell marathon training has commenced … I am STARVING.

We aren’t even doing any major miles yet. My run this morning was only 3 miles, but I feel like I could have eaten all day.

I tried out overnight oats that had intrigued me. You can google “overnight oats” or “overnight oats in a jar” and find several recipes. I’m on the fence about them and not happy considering that I paid $9! for a bag of chia seeds at Whole Foods. I’ll give them another try, and I think I will add some crunchy granola on top to balance out the mushy texture.

I went to the grocery and loaded up on healthy items like greek yogurt, almond milk, fresh fruit, miniature ice cream sandwiches, english muffins, granola, black bean burgers, etc. Hoping that if I am stocked full of healthier/filling foods, then I won’t run 3 miles and eat a bag of chips.

I know some people would say, but you are running X number of miles a week … eat what you want! As much as I would love to do that, I don’t feel as good when I do and running those longer distances is always easier when I’m down a few pounds. No worries – there will be splurging on occasion … just not every night!

Any good filling/protein filled recipes out there?

My view

From my chair this morning.

Please take note of:
1. bag of ice on my 39-year old hip.
2. cup of coffee to keep me warm.
3. wild child(ren) and messy house

Yes, marathon training is officially underway!