However, this week it seems summer might just linger until calendar summer ends on September 21st. We are in the midst of one of the hottest/humidist weeks yet lol! I guess summer wants to go out with a bang.
Right after I looped around the fountain area, in my peripheral vision, I saw a leaf sort of jump. Honestly I was afraid it might be a snake but I slowed and looked and it was a baby turtle! That's the first one I've seen this summer.
As I ran back towards the entrance so I could head for home I spied these... what's up with this? Is anyone else noticing that leaves seem to be changing earlier this year? I swear I've seen some burning bushes that look like it should be October. Maybe it has something to do with our short, cool, dry summer?
It was a lovely run and made the 60 minutes fly by.
This is what I was looking at, at 4:15 this morning. As we say in martial arts, "Last One, Best One!"
That's right, today was the last workout of Neila Rey's 30 Days of Change. I almost can't believe I did it, but my body is definitely letting me know I worked out out 30 days straight with no rest days. On all of those days I managed to stay with Level II and a few times I did the Level III reps - I am very proud of myself. Granted as while some of the workouts felt easier (almost 'restful'), there were some really hard workouts in there too.
What is interesting to me is that even though it seemed I was running and walking less than I had been prior to the program, I actually ended up running and walking more. All those shorter runs added up: this last week, I did a bit over 24 miles! I haven't run that sort of mileage since I was training for races.
Though I generally stay off the scale, I wanted some way to measure this month's progress, so on day one I stepped on my Zero Scale and took some measurements. Here are the results - all achieved without me changing one single thing about the way I eat:
- I lost 5.6 pounds! Had I been weighing myself weekly, that slow loss would have made me crazy but to step on 30 days later and see that, I was really happily surprised. And because I used the Zero Scale I still don't have any idea what I weigh as I continue to refuse to be defined by 3 numbers.
- I lost 2 inches off my upper abdomen/rib cage
- I lost 1 inch off my waist
- I lost 1.25 inches off my hips
- I lost 1 inch off each of my thighs
Also, I saw my pacing decrease: I took about 30 seconds per mile off of each of my walking, walk-run, and running paces. I'm sure it is due to increased leg strength.