Part of why I'm not getting faster, I'm sure, is because I'm eating like crap. Despite busting out miles upon slow miles, I've lost a total of one pound this month during the August DietBet Challenge. It's great news for the other challengers, since it's unlikely I can lose more than four pounds in the next two weeks, so they'll likely get my $20.
Perhaps if I could get these temptations under control, my running would feel easier. I got up early Saturday and set out for a very slow 19 miles. It was lovely weather and I explored the Prairie Path, running as far east as Beverly. I really enjoyed this path as there were more bathrooms, water fountains and runners than my usual route, but I couldn't figure out how to get back home easily. I ended up finishing 20 miles and feeling pretty good about it, despite the fact that my overall pace was 11 minutes.
I also did a weight-training circuit at the gym that's closest to me, which is always a hilarious experience. It's a super old school, meathead kind of weight room that's missing a lot of the equipment I normally use. Additionally, I have to drive through the Steak n Shake parking lot to get there and stare at Taco Bell while I run on the treadmill. No wonder I'm finding junk food hard to resist.
This week, I'll be running 12 miles on Saturday with Kim during my step-back week. My goal is to focus on my food a bit more and give my runs my best effort as we inch towards the marathon.
This week's motto: Life itself is a binge. (from Julia Child, of course)