Thursday, February 14, 2019

Snowmageddon (Western WA version)

Well, I do not have a lot to talk about.  Did you hear about "snowmageddon" in Seattle?  Well, we had a lot of snow.  I heard that Seattle's average yearly snowfall is about 5 inches, we do not get that all at once, and I think the last 2 or 3 years we've gotten an inch or so.  This last week we got 19 inches, in the same news report that I heard the average yearly snowfall was 5 in., I also heard that Seattle got that much, and more, in one day.  Now we are dealing with close to 40 days and freezing temperatures overnight.  So all that snow that is melting during the day, is freezing at night, creating an icerink outside.  Thankfully most of the roads are cleared and I have hiking boots that I have worn 13 days in a row.  =/


 And yes, I have been running. 

And drinking in the snow.

I have not been running far, but I am still running 4 days a week.  Well, I should say I am running 7 days a week, but 3 of those days are one mile on the treadmill.

This week has been difficult with my eating.  I was not good at all on Monday and Tuesday, so we will see how my weigh-in goes tomorrow.  I didn't even weigh myself yesterday, I didn't really want to see the damage I had done.  So silly to go crazy two weeks before leaving for Hawaii. 

I went clothes shopping with my sister and it was depressing.  Not just because she's so small right now, but because of the snow the stores put all their winter clothes back out.  We were going shopping for our trip, so we wanted spring/summery clothes and all they had were sweaters. =(  It was very depressing.

By the way, Happy Valentine's Day.  I have never been a big fan of Valentine's Day but exactly one year ago today my Mom made a snowman, took a selfie, and fell, breaking her leg.  That was the beginning of the end, 19 days later she died.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Reminiscing and Snow!

You know what I should be doing right now?  I should be doing homework, I should be looking up something for my work group to discuss that I have to lead in about 3 hours, instead I'm on here, writing completely unnecessary crap that no one cares about.

I was reading isweatandsparkle.home.blog about her first half marathon experience.  I was thinking of my first half marathon, which was close to 6 years ago.   During that race I sorta accidentally found a running buddy for most of the race.  You can read about it in the link I already created above, but I do think about her often when I think of that race.  I know that she helped me so much during that race.  I had been sick the month before that race and really didn't run many long runs before the race.  I did one 11 mile run the week before, but before that long run my previous long run at 8 miles, was 4 weeks before.  To say I felt under prepared is an understatement.

So, running with someone else, and being distracted for 8 miles was a blessing for me.  I left that race feeling good and very, very grateful to the girl I ran with.  I wondered if she also thought how nice it was to run with me, and I hopefully pushed her to run a good race.

5+ years later I still think about her, but now I worry.  She stopped to use the restroom durning mile 9 which is when I went on without her.  Now, instead of thinking that I helped her like she helped me, I now wonder if I hindered her.  Not in that she wanted to go faster, but in that she wanted to go slower.  Now I wonder if she finished the race.  She had told me that she had a cramp and she stopped to use the restroom.  What if running with her made her go faster than she wanted and she ended up with a much slower time than she was aiming for?

I know it's silly to be thinking these thoughts 5+ years later.  She probably doesn't think of me at all (I often think I'm forgettable and no one remembers me).  (I also often overthink stupid things and get stuck on them.)  When I ran my first half marathon I had been running for just over 1 year.  I have now been running for 7 years.  So what would my "experienced" runner say to my inexperienced runner say?  Don't worry about it.  If she had wanted to slow down, she should have slowed down.  But also, when she told you she needed to slow down, you should have said okay and let her (wait, that is still obsessing over it stupidly).

Anyway, my weekend was pretty uneventful.  I went for a 5 mile run on the treadmill because it was cold and Maddox was home playing with a friend.  It actually went pretty fast, which is pretty unusual for a treadmill.  I read recently that varying pace and incline on the treadmill can make it more "outside-like" so I did that quite a bit.  I looked up my average pace on my last 5 miles, which was 9.28 min/mile and googled what the corresponding pace on a treadmill was.  9 and a half min/miles equals 6.3 on the treadmill, I looked at other runs and decided I would vary my pace on the treadmill from 6.1 (9.50 min/mile) to 6.7 (8.57 min/mile) and increase my incline when I'm going slower. I had no specific times when I would change my pace and incline, just whenever.

Well, I found that I couldn't handle 6.1, it was way too slow.  I think I had it on 6.1 twice, both times I had a incline of 4 or more (I can't remember exactly).  And once I was running I didn't like the 6.7 pace either, I think I had it on 7.0 (8.34 min/mile) at least 2 times and 7.2 (8.20 min/mile) at the end.  My average pace for this 5 mile run was 8.54 min/mile (which ironically is just a little faster than 6.7 on the treadmill).

Sunday is grocery shopping day, which I hate because it's also long run day and we are leaving to shop at the same time I would like to be going for a run.  (I really, really hate it.)  This week as we were leaving for shopping it was snowing.  I love the snow, and I love running in the snow.  I think it's just the mental image I have in my head of snow running, but it just makes me happy.  (I do not love running in the snow after the snow has been around for a few days and started to melt and then re-froze.)  And of course, when we got done with grocery shopping the snow was done, and melted.

I put on my clothes and went for my run anyway, and while I was running it started snowing again.  But it also got really, really cold.  By the time I was done, I was frozen, but it was a good run.
I'm not going to mention my weight today, but if you're curious how I did for the month of January . . . well, it's on my "Scale Obsession" page.  (And it's good.) 

Have I mentioned that I am still doing my run streak?  I am on day 97 (reminder to myself to post on Instagram on my 100th day). 

On Sunday it snowed the entire day (except for the first 30 min of my run), but after it melted while we were shopping, it didn't stick again until Sunday night.  I love the snow, and I love making snowmen, and I love playing in the snow, and I love running in the snow.  However, I didn't get that chance because it didn't stick.  I woke up Monday morning to 4 inches (or so) and had to go to work.  (P.S. the Seattle area closes down when it snows, even a little, and it was a little more than a little this week.)  So last night I came home and had a brilliant idea for a "snowman."
Frozen pants.  =)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weight stuff and a couple bike rides

I vowed a little over a year ago to quit talking about my weight so much, and I succeeded in that for about a year.  I quit talking about it, and while I didn't like the numbers I was seeing on the scale, I didn't obsess over it too much either.  I'm healthy, I'm (mostly) happy with my body and I am still enjoying life, which means food and wine and running.  And then my sister and her husband invited us to go to Hawaii at the end of February with them.  No big deal, we spend time together in our swim suits all the time, but then she had to go and lose 20 or 30 lbs, which made me feel like the "fat" sister (I know I'm not fat) but it also made me want to lose the 10 or so lbs I've gained in the last 2 years.

Okay, so then I half-assed it all through October, November, and December, but decided to buckle down for January.  Now I know that January is not over.  I still have 4 days (counting today) but I've become a little more obsessed with my weight again.  So I think you're going to have to stick with me for a few more weeks while I work on this for my Hawaii trip. . .

So you know that at the beginning of January I read about "carb cycling" but didn't want to commit to quite that, so I started "calorie cycling."  I stay under my allotted daily calories (for me, right now, it's 1360).  My goal is to stay under that Monday-Thursday and allow myself higher calorie days on Friday-Sunday (and I usually go way up on Saturday, which I should stop doing). 

The first week of doing this I lost 2 lbs (this was the week of New Year's Eve and was still above my average pre-holiday weight),  the second week I lost 3.8 lbs (and was under my pre-holiday weight by 1.8 lbs), the third week I was on my period and gained 1 lb (but was still under my pre-holiday weight), so last week . .  I really didn't know what to expect.  I was still quite worried that this whole thing was pointless and silly.  I've been weighing myself on Wednesday unofficially just to kinda see what's going on. 

Last week my Wednesday weight was one lb less than my official Friday before weight, so I decided to see where I was on Thursday, and I was down another lb, and I thought, this is a fluke, tomorrow I'm going to be up again.  My official Friday weight was 3.2 lbs down from the Friday before, exactly 150.  That makes from January 4th to January 25th 7 lbs down, and about 4 lbs under my pre-holiday weight.  I still don't trust that this is actually working and will continue to work.  This coming Friday is my official "official" weight in (I started only recording my weight on the first of the month a couple years ago) so we shall see.  Even though I'm continuing to do what I have been, I fully expect to be back up to the 154 range, which is where I've been hovering (give [but not really take] a couple lbs).  145 was where I was super happy a few years ago, even though I'd love to be closer to 140, but that won't happen in the 4 weeks I have before Hawaii.

So what do I feel I need to do?  Well, I really feel like I need to tighten my eating up on the weekend.  Seriously, it's not great.  I know I've given myself a "hallpass" Friday-Sunday, but I don't think that's sustainable.  Last Friday after my fantastic weigh in I ate 1824 calories, Saturday I ate 1783 calories (with a 3 mile run) and yesterday . . . 1901 (with a 7 mile run).  I will eat well this week and see where I'm at on Friday.  Like I said, I still don't trust this process at all.

So, that was too much about my weight and eating.  I know this post is probably long enough, but I wanted to take a minute to talk about my running this weekend.

Saturday was such a nice day, so I took Maddox out for a 3 mile bike ride.  We went to a local park, him on his bike and me running, where I let him play for a half hour or so and then we went home. 

I accidentally hit end on my app at the park, so had to record two runs.  Running with Maddox is definitely slower than running on my own, which kinda frustrates me, but we do have a good time.

Sunday I didn't get out for a run until late, and by the time I was home and ready I didn't feel like running anymore. I was still going to go, but figured it would be only 5 miles or so.  Maddox had told me that he wanted to "run" again and I said okay, I told him we weren't going to stop at the park today but he could still go with me.  I figured I'd take him for 3 miles, drop him off at home and do my 5 mile loop.  He still wanted to go, so we took off, we did the same run as Saturday, but when it was time to turn up to go to the house, he wanted to keep going, so we went another 2 miles.  I figured I could do 5 with him and then do my 3 mile loop, well, when I was dropping him off at home he got really upset and said he thought he was going to run with me.  I told him we did 5 miles and that's great, but he still wanted to go.  So we left his bike at home and we went for another 1 mile loop.  That kid, while he has great energy, he also doesn't run very economically.  Plus, this loop had some long, gradual uphills and he had just ridden his bike 5 miles.  I was so exasperated by him by the end of the mile that I told him to run home and I was going to run on my own for a little bit.  I ended up only doing another mile because it was getting dark and cold, and I kinda wished I had gone home with him.  But I did it.  
So not quite 8 miles, but still a decent run.  My legs and feet were very tired after this run, so definitely not in marathon shape.  =)  

For part of mile 5 I rode Maddox's bike because there was a gradual uphill and he was tired.  That kid had his bike on the highest gear, I could barely get it up the hill, while standing on the pedals.  I gave him the bike back and lowered the gears, he said "wow, this is so easy!"  =D  But it still made for a slow last mile (well, last bike mile).  Obviously our slowest mile was the one he ran in mile 6.  


Monday, January 21, 2019

Just some ramblings

This weekend I went to my Dad's house to take down his Christmas decorations.  My sisters were there as well, all except my sister in N. Carolina.  I think it took less time to take stuff down than it took to put it up, but I was worried it would be the opposite.  My Mom was an excellent packer, and all of her stuff was in totes that were packed to the top, but able to put lids on.  I was worried we would be unable to do that again, but we did it.  I do think we used an extra tote, but that was because my sister couldn't remember which tote her original Nativity (the one we all want) was in, so we found an empty tote and put it in that.  

Anyway, it went well.  I came back yesterday because I had to work today, first job I've ever had (outside of the 24hr kids facility I worked in) that I've had to work on MLK Jr day and President's day (in February).  It sucks to go from January 1st to the end of May without a paid holiday.  

So, I'm sure you are all dying to hear what my high/low calorie days have done for the second week weight-wise.  (I know no one cares.)  Last Wednesday I was at a maintain weight, but Friday is my "official" weigh-in, and I had gained a pound.  I did not weird or unusual from Wednesday to Friday, so I'm calling it the "girl gain" and hope it's I lose 1+ lbs this week.

When I was first losing weight 5+ years ago, I didn't notice a significant gain during that time of the month.  In fact, I might even have posted about it . . . 

*hold music

Thanks for waiting.

Yep, I did The significant thing I have consistently seen throughout this time of weighing myself regularly is that I lose weight the week before my period and then "regain" it during my period.  The last year or so I have noticed that while the week before's weight is still lower, I'm actually gaining the week of.  I never really believed that if you were faithful, ate well, and exercised that you would gain weight during that time of the month.  I know in my post from 2013 I was very diplomatic and said that this was my experience and others probably have different ones, but I still was very skeptical.  Well, I can say that after a year of seeing the weight fluctuate during that time of the month, it has made me more of a believer.  

When you're talking about losing lots of weight in a week, I can see how you don't notice it (however, in 2013 I wasn't losing a lot of weight weekly.  I was 6 years younger though, and maybe that's the difference?  

I also hate saying that age is the reason I'm not losing weight.  I feel like it's a cop out, but really, the year I turned 40 (2016) was the year my weight started creeping back up (I also sprained my ankle and quit running a lot for many months).  

So back to the high/low calorie days.  I'm not as in love with it as I was the first week I started.  Maybe the novelty has worn off, maybe it's seeing a gain on the scale on Friday . . . but I'm back to wishing I could have a coffee today (and a glass or two of wine).  I really, really want a donut, but it's a low cal day.  And even on a high cal day, I'm not sure donuts are a good idea.  Maybe on Sunday I'll do a long run and get a donut.  =) 

This week's long run was "only" 5 miles.  I drove back from e. Washington and by the time I got home it was after 3pm.  The sun set while I was on my run, so at least I got it done before dark.  

I've been listening to a true crime podcast, True Crime Garage, which I found completely by accident.  I've been bingeing old episodes, I started from the beginning which was 2016 and I'm just now in the middle of 2018.  Anyway, it definitely is not something I can listen to while I run in the dark, and even freaks me out a little during the day.  A few weeks ago on my long run I had a creepy feeling throughout my entire run.  I started running on a trail that I run on weekly, and is perfectly safe in the daylight (I wouldn't run on it after dark though) and I had to stop and call Damian to tell him where I was.  I told him that I thought it was just because of the true crime podcast I've been listening too, but I was creeped out and wanted him to know where I was and that I'd be home in less than a half hour.  I was fine, nothing happened and I made it home in under 20 min.

Yesterday I had another thing happen (in my own head) because of the true crime podcast.  I was running down a road I only run down when I am going to be a tenth of a mile short on my run (it's a dead end street that's about a block long, I run down it and then back to the main road).  Anyway, I was running past this house and I heard a bunch of kids in a backyard, I looked over and it was a fenced yard, with a gate on the side into the yard and the gate was open just enough to see several girls jumping on a trampoline.  I thought it would be so easy to get into the backyard and take one of the girls and thought about knocking on the door to tell the parents, but knew that it was just my true crime full brain coming up with scenarios.  And I had no idea if there was a parent in the backyard with them or not and the parents would think I was a sicko for thinking that.  So I kept running.

I don't have a picture for this post, so I'll leave you with Maddox, in his shark tent watching a movie with a nightlight thing on in my entryway.  =)  Oh and don't forget the Zombie nerf gun.  =D

Friday, January 18, 2019

Spoiled brat

I know I already posted this week, but I wanted to add something to my previous post but ran out of time.  About 2 weeks ago my dad called me to let me know that he received some money . . . I'll back up.

My dad is a retired wheat farmer.  His siblings and him still own the farm, but they lease the farm land out to another farmer (it's a long story, but since my dad and uncle are older and there's no one in my generation to take over this was their option).  So because they still own the farm, they still get wheat money, anyway, my dad said that he got his wheat money a few weeks ago and he decided to take his kids and their families on a cruise to Alaska in August.  So I guess we are doing that on my Mom's birthday.  =)

Okay, so this is the only place I will admit this (because no one from my family reads this), but I'm conflicted about this.  I'm definitely excited to go to Alaska on a cruise, that's not the issue.  What I'm conflicted about is that this is happening in August.  We usually go to my families lake house in August and we will be unable to do that this year. 


I mean . . . how could you NOT love those views??

I know, I know, the Lake isn't anything like an Alaskan cruise, but I love the sun and quietness of going to the Lake.  I look forward to it every year.  I will not have enough time off to take 2 weeks of vacation in August, not with the 8 days of vacation I'm taking to go to Hawaii.

And the other thing that has me conflicted about this cruise is that I will be in high mileage month for marathon training.  August is usually the month that things really start ramping up.  My first marathon my runs were 13 miles, 10 miles, 15 miles and 16 miles in the  month of August. 

So what are my options?  Well, I was thinking that we could go to the Lake over Labor Day weekend.  If we flew, it would be a 1 hour flight (compared to a 6+ hour drive) and we'd avoid all the traffic.  We could take one extra day off and be there from Friday morning to Monday evening.  I currently have a mileage credit card, so if I put everything I possibly can on the credit card, I could maybe get enough points for 3 flights to Spokane (eastern WA).  I could take things to my Dad's house before going to the Lake (like floats and my paddleboard) and hope that my Dad will let us borrow a car for the weekend . . . or I could just invite him to go with us.

Now, marathon training on a cruise, I'm sure they have a gym, and I've heard that these cruise ships have a track around the ship.  Can you imagine running around a ship for 10 miles??  That just seems ridiculously tedious.  Plus, dodging walkers . . . but that is probably my only option.

So, quit whining about "having" to go on an Alaskan cruise and be super thankful that my Dad is paying for us (15 people total) to go. 

I'm feeling very spoiled, Hawaii in February (39 days, 10 ours and 28 min, but who's counting?) and an Alaskan cruise in August.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Garage woes

After  really good week of eating well and keeping to high and low calorie days, and a nice weight loss (down 5 lbs from the previous Friday, 2 lbs down from my pre-holiday weight), I went a little crazy on Friday.  I went way over my calorie intake, I stayed pretty close to myfitnesspal's recommended calories on Saturday (1350 out of 1360) and on Sunday was high again with a 7 mile run.  It doesn't really feel like a winning weekend, so I guess I will see how that affects my Friday weigh in.

I am having a hard time today controlling my thoughts around food and wine.  I've been good, I haven't indulged in anything, but I definitely would like to grab a coffee (not going to) and would like a glass of wine (I drank the last of my wine Sunday night) this evening.  Chris said he was planning on making Cream of Potato soup Sunday, which I was looking forward to, but we had a busy day so he didn't make it.  So he made it last night, but it was a low calorie day, so broccoli, brussel sprouts and mushrooms it was.   =(

I was pretty active over the weekend, oh, I didn't do anything fun, but I did clean out my garage.  I meant to take a before picture and forgot, but it was a mess.  It's still pretty full, but with 2 loads of stuff gone (one to Goodwill and one to the dump) it's emptier than it was.  I can't even say I organized it, unfortunately.
Goodwill run
Some of the stuff I sent to Goodwill I've had in my garage since the last time we moved, close to 4 years ago.  That white cabinet in the picture above was part of a hutch that I got 20 years ago (I still have the bottom of the hutch, it's full of stuff I should toss as well).

The problem that I had with actually organizing my garage was this:  I started the project on Saturday when Chris and Damian were both working.  I was doing it on my own and took half the stuff out of the garage, organized it (a little) and then put it back in, with the intent of taking stuff out to get to the back of the garage to organize the next day and then put it all back in nicely.  Well, on Sunday when Chris and Damian helped me, they didn't want to take everything out, they just took things out of the back of the garage that were going to be given away or tossed, and everything else stayed.  Nothing got organized like I wanted, and it all just stayed in the (cleaner) mess I had done on Saturday.  I'm thinking that to get it how I want it to be, I will have to work on it again alone.  ; )  It is better, the paths to places are wider, so that's a win, right?

I ran 7 miles on Sunday.  I wanted to run earlier in the day, but we went grocery shopping and came home at lunch time.  I ate and couldn't run right after, so started working in the garage.  I finally ran about 2pm and didn't really feel like it anymore.  I got 7 miles done, but was kinda done with it before I even started. 

Anyway, today is another low calorie day.  So I guess I'll have to think of what to eat for dinner that doesn't totally wipe out my calories and isn't the same as yesterday.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

So far so good. . .

It's officially week 2 of 2019 and nothing terrible has happened.  (We won't go into politics, have I mentioned my sister is a federal employee and is currently furloughed?  She is looking forward to going back to work.)  I have kept up my run streak, in fact, it's so commonplace right now that I forget about it, but I still go home and run every day.  I'm on day 70 (I haven't run today, but I will).  I do have thoughts of a mile a day is kinda silly, to make it really count I should do more, but that isn't good for a person's body, I think.  People need rest days.  I know there's a whole other runstreak group that does 3.1 miles every day, but I don't see that happening.  It's one thing to get up at 430am to run for a little under 10 min, and another to get up at 430am to run for almost a half hour, not to mention the shower that then has to happen . . . and wet hair  . . . yeah, I don't think I'm willing to do that.  (I don't run in the morning usually, but when I know I have something going on in the evening that is going to make it difficult to run, or I would be running really late, I will get up and do 10 min on the treadmil, I am not a morning exercise person.)

I have also started to weigh myself unofficially on Wednesdays.  I did start this before Christmas and stopped for the two weeks during the holidays but restarted today.  I am happy to say that I have lost all the weight that I gained over the holidays.  Now if I can just get it to keep going down.

I am trying a new thing with my diet.  I don't think this will be a long-term thing, but we'll see how it goes.  Number one I've cut way back on my wine (and alcohol) intake.  But the biggest thing is that I am trying out low calorie days and high calorie days.  I was reading a little about carb cycling, which is the same idea, high protein most of the time and high carbs on days that you are working out harder.  Well, I don't want to pay someone to figure out my macros, and I'm kinda lazy, so I decided to go with high calorie and low calorie days, while eating healthy on all days (except on this last Saturday I gave myself a pass to eat whatever).  I don't know if this is why I lost 3 lbs in 4 days, or it's just my body going back to "normal," but I'm going to continue for a little while and see how it goes. 

The carb cycling idea is that you eat carbs on higher calorie days that you are expending more energy.  Well, I do my long run on Sundays, but used my (really) high calorie day on Saturday.  I didn't feel any affects of not eating a lot on Sunday, in fact my run felt great, so I think I'm going to continue with that.  I'm kinda going every other day with this kind of eating, and when I mean high calorie day, I don't mean I'm going hog wild (except for this last Saturday).  Monday was supposed to be a higher calorie day but I ended up eating around 1100 calories (myfitnesspal gives me 1360 per day) and yesterday was a low calorie day and I ate around the same.  However, last Friday I ate 1700 calories and last Thursday I ate 1090 calories.  With the exception of Saturday (2355 calories) I am trying to keep my higher calorie days in the range myfitness pal gives me, although Sunday was a lower calorie day and I ate 1325 calories, but I also ran 8 miles. 

Looking at the actual numbers I'm not fluctuating much in my calorie intake, but I think that is okay.  I think if I give myself permission to be less good one day, I'm more likely to be good other days.  Today I've given myself permission to be less good, but I had also given myself permission to be less good on Monday and I nailed that day.  It's just the thing I'm telling myself, today is a low calorie day, so I tend to make good choices.  Last night Damian took my family out for taco Tuesday, but I didn't go because I needed to run and it was a low calorie day.  I ran and then went home and sauteed broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, and brussel sprouts (I used too much oil though and it wasn't as good as usual), but I didn't go to bed hungry, I was fine. 
not my food, Damian's food
So last week I didn't run much.  I didn't feel very good and I went home every night, ran a mile and went to bed.  I was feeling much better on Saturday so I decided to try intervals on the treadmill.  I used my watch as the judge of the distance, so I'm not sure how accurate it was.  I know when I just run on the treadmill it tends to judge less distance than the treadmill, but it seemed to be faster Saturday, but I wasn't paying attention.

I did 5 intervals for 0.25 miles with a 1:30 min break between each.  I walked for part of all the breaks, but did stop completely for part of all the breaks as well.  I set the treadmill at . . . I think 7.2 for the first interval and increased it each time.  I have been running my one miles at about 7 on the treadmill, so I thought 7.2 was a good starting place.  However, on Monday I ran my one mile at a 8, so I'm thinking I need to increase intervals to at least that.  7.2 is 8:20 min per mile, 8 is a 7:30 min/mile.  I was a little worried about how far I had run, I wasn't keeping track of distance on Saturday, so I decided to run a mile after my intervals just to be sure I had the streak going. 5 x 0.25 is 1.25, but trying to do math with a tired brain is hard.  =)

Sunday I ran 8 miles.  I left home with no exact mileage in my head, more than 5, less than 8, but I felt good, added a hill and ended up with 8 miles.  It was nice.  It was my longest run since I officially quit marathon training.  My last long run for marathon training was 15 miles on August 26th.  Since then my longest runs have been in the 7 mile range. 
I like this picture, but it doesn't show all of my new leggings, so this is the picture I posted on Instagram.