Friday, February 24, 2012
My buddy IFDEEVARUNS also ran the Livestrong HM. She came in half an hour earlier than me, despite feeling unprepared. She said she really pushed herself . . . obviously - she shaved 10 minutes off of her time from the previous year. She also said she was very sore afterwards.
Which got me to thinking . . . I felt I really pushed myself, too, but I know I was cautious at the same time. With knee pain starting at mile 6 I was afraid of how I'd feel if I didn't ease up more; I could barely move after my 8 mile race when I had knee pain the last 4 miles.
And that is my nature, too: overly cautious. Does that hold me back in life, in many ways? No doubt. Does it hold me back in my weight loss journey? Good question. I'm sure in some ways it does. This is all just sort of jangling around in my mind right now.
I know you have to really want it, sometimes fundamentally changing your very nature. Maybe I still haven't been willing to change enough. Willing to push myself enough. I'm not willing to tackle the full marathon, for instance. I've really no doubt I could do it if I put my mind to it, but I don't want it that bad.
I can easily see in my HM photo that those last 10 lbs really need to go. Don't get me wrong, I think I look good - certainly much better thsn 3 years ago & 3 years ago no way would I be running HMs. but I am not there yet. I also know you're never really there, never really done, but I can see what still needs work.
I guess it all boils down to just what do I really want, anyway? And how badly do I want it?
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I will always really treasure this past week. I miss Austin sooooooo much; in some ways it was hard to be back, but I'm also really grateful for the opportunity.
We hit a lot of the things we both wanted to do. Got together with a bunch of friends. Had a fair amount of Tex-Mex, something you really just don't find up here. Not the real thing. Had a few other excellent meals. Had breakfast at one of our favorite ehole-in-tbe-walls only locals know about that last day. Wandered around whole paycheck (what whole foods is lovingly known as) & the shops around it. And, of course, ran my second HM & set a new PR.
Now I have to find a flat course & see what kind of PR I could set on a flat course . . . I think the Garmin made a HUGE difference for me.
It's also amazing the amount of water you retain after an event like that. I absolutely could not get one of my rings off until that evening - had to shower with it on. But I bounced back much quicker this time - I was a bit sore Sunday, less on Monday & fine by Tuesday. Really, I feel ready to run again, altho I think I'll wait til next week.
Wouldn't you know the weather was beautiful the day we left . . . 80 . . . in February!
I bought myself a livestrong running jacket, a mug & some jewelry. All sorts of new restaurants & shops have opened since we left . . . Austin now has a lululemon, which I looked at but didn't buy anything at.
Hopefully later today I'll post the photo our friends took . . . right now there's a very happy cat purring away on my lap. Altho I really need another cup of tea. Busy day ahead, tho - think I'm gonna go to my WW meeting but not weigh in (first time I ever skipped weighing in), go to the grocery store. Pick up the dogs - making giz very unhappy. And I have a vet appt. With Chester this afternoon.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
That was just one of the signs along the way today in the running of my second HM. My favorite one was "this is the worst parade ever". I came in just under 3 hrs at 2:57:01 for an average pace of 13:35 - shaving a full 10 minutes off my first HM time.
I wish I could give you a mile by mile - frankly, I don't know how people keep all that straight!
I know I started out fast - for me - 12 minute miles. And it didn't seem fast at all. But by mile 3 I was already slowing down.and I REALLY slowed down miles 4-6, one of the long hills. I began to get concerned because my knee started to bother me.
But when it was downhill miles 6-7 I flew down, my knee felt better & I almost did a 10 mm for a whole mile.
The last 3 miles? OMG, killer! A lot of hills. Seriously, who puts so many hills in the last few miles? I was definitely tightening up, and was walking up yet another hill when one of our friends called my name around mile 11, took my photo & high fived me. So sweet of him! He just got in from CA late Friday night.
DH was tracking me online & texted me congrats. I got my photo taken with my medal after finishing.
Came back, showered & then a friend came by & took me to one of my favorite Tex Mex places down south. It's been a really long time since we connected & it was a great time. And I had migas on a croissant . . . to die for!
Speaking of food, yesterday I met up with IFDEEVARUNS & she & her friend were nice enough to drive me to lunch. Yup, maybe you guessed it - I got my pre-long run pancakes! So nice to meet her in person. And she did awesome for someone who wasn't prepared - she's way faster than me!
I guess I forgot to mention - picture perfect weather. It has drizzled and/or poured since I got here - but not today. Clear blue skies. Low humidity. 50 thru most of the race. Really, you just couldn't ask for better weather!
DH gets in way late tonight. My sleep has been interrupted by partyers in the middle of the night almost every night - we're not even that close to the infamous 6th street - so even tho I'm looking forward to seeing him can't say as I'm real happy to be woken up in the middle of the night again.
A little sore & sure to be sorer tomorrow, but not too bad. Not sure when my next HM will be, but I have a 4 mile race in a bit less than a month so I'll be out there soon.
I don't run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days (saw that at the expo).
Friday, February 17, 2012
1. Give up. You've probably done this dozens of times - and you know exactly where that gets you.
2. Deprive yourself, because obviously you overindulged. Deprivation never works, and you need to fuel your body.
3. Examine what you did that week. Were you honest with yourself? Is there room for improvement? Did you exercise more, which can cause water retention? Ditto on more carbs & more sodium? Did you track?
4. Accept that it's a fluke & keep on keepin' on.
5. Use it to refocus your efforts & really eat well.
It's frustrating - I know - been there, done that, too many times to count - including this week, which was a really big shock. It'll be a challenge this week, since I'll be eating out a lot. But I know I need to keep the indulgences to a minimum - not that I can't indulge; but I can't do it all the time!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
It's truly bizarre that I was made MOD today - something I wouldn't have e er known without all the comments - because today is my fiftieth birthday. Yup, the big 5-0.
And how did I spend it? All by my lonesome. DH is at a conference. My parents are in CA. Don't have any close friends, just people I'm friendly with. I might've asked someone to a movie, only of course it's also valentine's day - & I'm insanely busy getting ready to go on a trip. Throw into that all the recent vet trips & my lack of sleep . . .
Well, I'm really not going for a pity party. There were good things about today, too. DH called twice; and left me a necklace & earrings. My brother sent me a cool birthday card with all sorts of factoids about the yr I was born (really, how was that 50 yrs ago?). I got an awesome massage. I got to sleep a little better last night. And I got sushi for dinner.
Which brings me to the subject. Birthdays & food are definitely all tied up together for me. I found myself wanting to treat myself with food. Not because I'm stressed & worried but because in my family, that's how you show love.
In the end, I wasn't even terribly hungry today. Sometimes stress can make me lose my appetite. I even had to throw away a few pieces of sushi - probably ate more than I should have even so.
Celebrations = food. It's hard to break yrs of conditioning, but I keep working on it.
It may be quite some time before I can respond to so many of your comments - as I said, I'm about to leave on a trip to run my second HM & really am insanely busy at the moment. Please know, even if you don't hear from me, that your comments mean so much & really helped to brighten my day.
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