Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today is November 10th, the day I had planned on running my first half marathon. That didn't happen. My training was going really well, but then all of a sudden, my schedule got unbelievably busy and I got off course.
I recently started taking family photos for people to make a little extra holiday cash. My normal long running day got gobbled up by photo sessions and I wasn't able to complete my 10 mile training run. My longest run that I had gotten up to previously was 8, this was to be my longest one before the race. Then, I went out of town. I had planned on doing 3 runs while I was there, 2 short ones and one long one. Well I did one 4 mile run and that was it, no other exercise. I know, I'm making excuses, but there they are...my steps backward.
Anyways, so I decided instead of risking injury that I would hold off on the race. Luckily, I had yet to sign up so no money was wasted in this decision. I honestly don't really care about doing an actual "race". My goal is just to do a half marathon, and I love running alone anyways so my plan is now to get my training done and do the half marathon on my own. I have a stop watch and can plan a route, I don't need to pay for a race. I will take it week by week, but I'm hoping to do my "race" sometime in December.
So what are my step forwards in this case? First, I am proud of myself for deciding not to risk an injury. I know I could have finished the race and ran the whole thing even, but I also know that when I add mileage too quickly I end up hurting myself (usually in the form of plantar fasciitis or shin splints). So I am patting myself on the back for taking care of my body! If I had walked away from this with an injury, it would have been a much bigger set back. Secondly, this morning for my long run, I ran a 6.34 mile route. I took my mileage back down, before I'm going to bring it back up. I felt really great, and I really had the confidence at that distance to push myself to go a little faster when I felt good. I took a full minute off my previous best time for that route. 55:38!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
It's been a while since I've written a blog so this is a good time to update the world on my progress a little bit. I've been maintaining my weight pretty easily for a while now. In a perfect world, I'd still love to lose a little more, but I'm at a healthy weight, feeling pretty good, and am easily maintaining. This summer was a little bit harder because with the extreme heat here, it is hard to get out to exercise as much. However, now that the fall, I'm back in business!
In a few weeks I'll finally be checking off a big one for my bucket list...my first half marathon. My training has been going really well and I'm pleased with how I am improving and (knock on wood) have remained uninjured. I definitely credit the weight loss to my joints not hurting!
Anyways, today I did my 2nd 8 mile run. I finished it 5 minutes faster than last week, was able to stay at about a 9 minute mile, and I felt great basically the whole way through. But the best part of this run was the big confidence boost I got from it. During miles 2 and 3 I saw other runners on the path ahead of me and easily passed them by. I'm not used to being the passer so this made me feel pretty awesome!
BUT THEN.....at mile 5 I saw a lady on her horse trotting down the path. I just knew I had to catch them! With a little extra effort, I picked up my pace a bit, caught up to them, and passed on by. I mean sure, the horse was just out for a leisurely morning trot, but in my head I it was the Kentucky Derby. Better luck next time horse!
The last 3 miles I trotted on home feeling pretty darn good about myself.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Today on Sparkcoach I was encouraged to focus on the positive and list 3 of my recent accomplishments. If I slip up I can refer back to these and remember the good things that I've done lately!
1. I've lost 44 pounds total!
2. I'm on a great tracking streak right now. 13 days so far!
3. I've started strength training and have been consistent in the past few months of getting in 2 strength workouts a week.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This week's challenge (food tracking) is always a rewarding one for me, and I'm always learning something new. I try to track my food regularly, but whenever I do it for the challenge, I realize just how many small bites I'm consuming. Those calories do add up. Now if only I could find a way to keep myself as particular when it is not challenge time?
This time I also learned a hard lesson about sugar! My whole family (besides me) had the stomach flu this past week. Sunday afternoon I had a very sugary coffee and then later a light dinner (since I was only cooking for myself). Later in the evening I all of a sudden felt super weak, and nauseous. I figured I was getting the same stomach bug, so I didn't eat anything else and went right to bed. Well....come to figure out in the morning, I was just having a blood sugar crash. I ate breakfast and started to feel better, but I guess since I waited so long I still didn't feel 100% until later that afternoon. Anyways, like I said, I'm always learning. I WON'T be doing that again! LESSON LEARNED!
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