20 miles, ice cream and beans

While it's not the way I count a week, I have run 20 miles in the past seven days. Twenty or more miles in a seven-day span hasn't happened since mid-March. I'm not a big fan of a big spike in miles from week to week, so by the time Sunday rolls around it'll all balance itself out for the past couple of weeks, but I am actually quite happy to have so many running miles in this first week of July. Tomorrow will be a much-needed cross training day as I hope to go to the gym for the first time in a month.

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As promised, I'd like to give a weekly update on my nutrition efforts to make changes this month. Last week is was soft drinks and restaurant french fries; this week it'll be ice cream. Not that I eat a lot of ice cream, but a two-month break from it will be refreshing. Just like last summer, this does not mean I'll give up frozen yogurt especially since I enjoy making smoothies at this time of year.

As far as the first week's changes are concerned, the soft drink thing wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I've given in to some sweet tea from Sheetz this week, but being completely off soft drinks for a week has made a difference in the way I feel. I never knew that even just one a day would make me feel so bad, even if they were just diet.

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In another nutrition-related note, my wife and I started a garden this year and we're starting to see results. She picked some beans today and there are a couple of cucumbers almost ready to be picked. Pretty soon we'll have some lettuce and peppers. By late summer we hope to have some pumpkins -- hopefully good enough to use at Halloween! With even some small success this year, I'm looking forward to doing something bigger next year. It's less grass I'd have to mow.