slow but steady progress.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 03.28.12

in Grand Rapids Dinner Club

Well hello there!  The past couple days have been so busy, it’s kind of crazy.  There’s a part of me that feels like I thrive when I’m busy, but the exhausted part of me this morning begs to differ.

Monday, I had another round of dinner club.  We went to a local chain, Uccello’s, which I had never been to before.  It’s pretty popular, so I’m not sure how I’ve made it this long without eating there, but it was good!  I would definitely eat there again.

Monday was the first day for Oberon of the season!  It’s a sure sign that summer is just around the corner.  Hands down, it is my favorite seasonal beer, so I had to get one!  Clearly.

I started with a house salad and a couple slices of bread, but took full advantage of the half off pasta dishes for my meal.  Penne pasta with pesto is one of my favorite combinations!  So simple, yet so delicious.

I ate half and took the rest home for yesterday’s lunch.  Most of my other meals have been from the stuff I cooked on Sunday: cinnamon rolls (breakfast) and cheese fondue casserole (lunch).  Nothing too exciting.

What’s really exciting to me, though, is how great I’m feeling on a fitness front this week.  Monday was a pool day before heading to dinner.  Last week, I swam 700 yards in 29 minutes.  This week, I did the same distance, but 3 minutes faster!  I still have a lot of room for improvement, particularly where form and technique are concerned, but that’s slowly become more natural.  I look forward to my time in the pool a little more every single time!

Yesterday, I went for a run with Sara once I got home.  We did the Reeds Lake Trail which is 4.3 miles in 52:10.  Having someone to run with, particularly someone who is just a bit slower than I am, helps me pace myself so much better.  On the trail, there’s this monster of a hill.  I usually run in a direction where I can run down the hill.  Far easier.  Today, we were going the opposite direction which meant heading upwards.  It was wicked hard, but I am so proud that I ran up the whole thing.  And at the top, we took our only walking break of the whole run.  In other words, I ran 3.0 miles without stopping.  The last time that happened?  Probably a year ago.  I cannot express to you how encouraging this run was for me.

  • Mile 1:  11:12
  • Mile 2:  11:40
  • Mile 3:  12:14
  • Mile 4:  14:00 <– the ONLY walking break
  • Mile 0.31:  3:01

Was it super speedy?  Nope.  But, I am 100% completely okay with that.  I finished with such a sense of accomplishment, a knowledge that my running is indeed improving.

Progress.  It’s slow and steady, but it’s definite progress.

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Heather (Where's the Beach) March 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

Oh that beer looks tasty….maybe it’s the orange wedge. Yum. And sometimes it’s not about speed at all!
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jackie March 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

I wanna be your BFF because you run at my kinda pace. Keep up the great work!!!!

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kelly March 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

whats the half off pasta thing?? cuz I am going there with a friend soon….. is it certain days?? or times??

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

It’s on Mondays! All their specials are here: http://www.uccellos.com/specials.php

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Ericka @ The Sweet Life March 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Love the attitude. So good! Rock on. Your personality always shines happy and i love that!
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Kristie March 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Mmm… Oberon is definitely my favorite summer beer. I could never pick a favorite, though. I do seasonal favorites instead :). The orange slice & fact that it’s usually starting to get beautiful outside when it comes out really make it though!

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Jen@FoodFamilyFitness March 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Slow progress is still progress, keep it up :)
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