Well consider me humbled.

For the last few months I’ve been leaving running class feeling like a rock star, so much so that the instructors pretty much ordered me to move up to a new level last week.  This week was my first week as an “intermediate” level runner.

Here’s the difference between intermediate and my prior level as basic-intermediate:

  • In my last class we ran 1.5 miles.  Tonight I ran 5 miles.
  • The last class was aiming at an 11-minute mile.  My five miles tonight were all at a 9-minute mile pace.
  • Basic-Intermediate: no hills.  Intermediate: 4-hills
  • As basic-intermediate level runner I hardly broke a sweat.  By the end of my first “intermediate” run I wanted throw up my lungs.

Well, they were nice while they lasted but it looks like my rock star days are over.  I know that there are many people that run much longer runs at much faster paces–but this was definitely a personal record for me in both time and distance and I am very proud of myself if not considering spending the rest of the week in the fetal position.


Egg white omelet with spinach, tomato, onion
Whole grain toast


Salad with lettuce, tomato, celery, carrot, onion, chickpeas, tuna
Lemon vinaigrette



Apple Pie Larabar


Broccoli, shrimp, teriyaki sauce, brown rice