By the end of 3 miles, I felt so great, so I decided to keep going until I got to 5. On Sunday, I am doing a trail race that's called Run Like a Girl 8k, so I wanted to practice for that. My route included all the big hills in and outside of my neighborhood. It was challenging, but I felt great. My time for the 5 miles ended up being 55:50, which is faster than I've done 5 miles before.
For lunch I had the most delicious food. I cooked up onions, a bunch of different peppers, and zucchini and put some fajita seasoning on them, and then I stirred in some ready made brown rice and quinoa. I topped it with a couple spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt, and it was such a yummy filling lunch, not to mention very healthy. We're having turkey burgers for dinner. I am planning my food carefully this week because of eating out so much this weekend. There was a birthday dinner Friday complete with cake and pizza, and a sodium filled lunch on Saturday at the shower, also with a cupcake, so I needed to make sure I get back to my normal eating, or I know I'll gain weight from the carb overload.
On an unrelated topic, I was so excited yesterday because our baby bluebirds left the nestbox. We have a nestbox outside our kitchen window and each year bluebirds nest in it. This year they nested early and she laid 5 eggs. My daughter and I got to see all 5 babies leave the box! It was lucky that we got to see it. I was just standing there watching the parents bring bugs to the babies, and every now and then I'd see a baby poke their head out, and then one flew out, then the other 4 followed. It made me really happy because I love nature and it's one of the reasons I love running outside. Today on my run I saw some geese with their babies in a field, and we have mockingbirds with nests in our bushes and the ones next door, so I've been watching them feed their babies. Occasionally I see a deer, snake or rabbits on my runs, along with many different kinds of birds. I could never run all my runs on a treadmill, because it's just not the same.
If you run, do you prefer running outside or on the treadmill?