Things are going well. I really canít complain. I have many things that I am blessed to have. And sometimes it is good to live in the middle of the country, except for the occasional wildfire or twister; we donít have too many disasters. Anyway, I have nothing to complain or whine about. I canít even really say there are things I wish/want for, like to be able to run a 9 minute mile or a new Garmin or even for the scale to move rapidly, although it is movingÖ.Nope I feel good, satisfied for the moment.
Iíve come to a few realizations as of lateÖÖ WeightÖÖIím not going to lose weight rapidly and may hit a lot of plateaus. Iím okay with this. Iím going after a tremendous goal doing an ironman distance triathlon. Iím okay with waiting to concentrate on my weight loss until after September. Right now Iím concentrating on my training. Getting my runs in, gearing up to start riding outside again, racing ďBĒ and ďCĒ races to prep for the big ďAĒ race. And working on my swim form, which if I say so myself has taken a complete 180 degree turn from what it was. That $30 fee I paid for the stroke clinic has helped immensely. We have a two week break then, Iím signing up for April!! I actually find myself saying that swimming isnít such a chore any more. Iím not finding excuses to avoid the workout rather finding more time to make those particular workouts. Anyway, Iím okay with the scale. Yes I still get on it but I donít get upset if it doesnít move. The fact that it doesnít move up lets me know that Iím doing some of the right things. I have lost a couple of pounds and I contribute this to working out more and may be my eating is finally straightening out. Things are finally falling into place. But more so, Iím getting comfortable with me. Iím an athlete. Iím fueling my body so that I can put myself through this insane craziness that Iím going to be embarking on. I am strongÖI am complete without the scaleÖ..
Yesterday hubby and I ran a local 5K that was raising money for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. It wasnít a flat course; in fact it is partially part of the Memorial Marathon. Anyway, hubby wanted us to run together so we signed up. Here is how our conversation went as we were preppingÖ.
Me: Are you taking your music?
Hubby: That depends if you are going to run with it. Do you need to run with it?
Me: Well, I probably shouldnít since I need to get used to not running without it for the ironman.
Hubby: Well thatís your answer.
Me: Okay I got my Garmin.
Hubby: May be you should just run
So we get to the event and walk to the start area instead of taking the shuttle, it was only about Ĺ mile walk, nice warm up. We noticed they had timing corrals (yes we are sophisticated her in Oklahoma) and here was our next conversationÖ.
Me: They have timing corralsÖ
Hubby: Well letís go up to the 8 minute mile.
Me: I canít run an 8 minute mileÖ
Hubby: Well where do you want to line up
Me: I try to run between a 10-11 mile
Hubby: Well letís start up in the 9-10 that way you wonít go past your usual time. May be you should just run and not worry about it
So we just ran. We did start out with the 10 mile group, got passed, and passed others (when they hit that first hill). Let me tell you. I ran according to my body for the first time in a long time. I pushed myself (which I have been doing more in my runs) a little harder. I saw as we hit the 4K mark that we actually might break a sub 30 minute 5K so I sped up which was a mistake since the majority of the last 1K was uphill, but I was still very pleased with our results. I thought I was going to hurl going up the hill, hubby asked if I wanted to walk, I said no. Some guy was walking past us leaving and said only 400 meters to go. For some reason that was all I needed to hear. We crossed together at 31:25. Not bad at all. Fastest 5K of the year!
So Iíve come to the realization that Iím comfortable with just doing it!