Monday, May 28, 2012
I did it. I ran 13.1 miles. Well...sort of. But I've decided that I'm not allowed to get down on myself or upset about the fact that I walked about 1.5-2 miles of that run because of the following:
- I had a plan to run 2.25 miles and walk .25 miles all along
- I just wanted to get to the distance, and I did
- Even though it got REALLY hard at the end, I still ran the last .5 mile
- My goal was to finish with a run/walk pace of 2:45, and I finished with a run/walk pace of 2:45
So all in all - I set out to do EXACTLY what I did. Yey me!
Is it easy to get upset about the fact that at about mile 10 I slowed WAY down, walked a lot and thought about taking the bus home numerous times? Sure. But the fact of the matter is that I didn't - and really, my only goal in running this marathon (and any distance in between, for that matter) has been TO FINISH. And I finished. And my official race isn't even for another 4 weeks. I'm going to be fine.
Another thing that I am proud of is that I got up to run on a Saturday morning at 8am to beat the heat. I know that my race is going to be early morning, and I'm a night runner, so changing my body clock over to accept putting it through the motions at that time of day is impressive. I'm really not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. I do all of my training runs at night - the other night I was out running at 11pm. So to be up and functioning at 8am is quite a feat for me. So as I treat, I bought myself a glow-in-the-dark racing tank at Kohl's yesterday for my finishing reward. It's bright yellow and awesome and it makes me feel shiny-happy. WINNING! :)
The harder lesson learned this weekend is in post-race gorging. My parents have been in town for the long weekend and have just come off of a European vacation where they have allowed themselves to eat and drink as much as they want, whenever they want. And as much as I tried NOT to follow suit this weekend, it was hard when every meal was eaten out and alcohol was re-introduced to my system after a number of weeks of being fairly "dry." Let's just put it this way - the result was NOT pretty. I was feeling not so bad on Saturday night after overeating at dinner, but being careful about choosing lighter options and splitting a whole margarita with my mom. I figured I was owed a little bit of indulgence after having burned my whole day's worth of calories before lunch. Yesterday, however, all bets were off and despite making a healthy omelet breakfast at home, we overshot on our shopping time and instead of making it back home for a quick healthy snack before heading out to catch a show, slammed a Costco hotdog each with a beer at the theater instead. Dinner was tapas and a pitcher of sangria - seemingly "light" fare because it's only a few little appetizers right? Wrong - that stuff packs a whopping caloric punch, not to mention all the extra bread on the table and the "wine that tastes like Koolaid going down the hatch" - oy vey. My tummy was NOT impressed. And proceeded to tell me so at 7am this morning. Twice. I hear ya body - loud and clear. You don't like the abuse. Trust me - neither do I. I never thought I'd be the person who couldn't wait until the long weekend was over, just so I can go back to healthier eating and feeling better about myself (and less bloated...way less bloated). I have dinner plans with friends tonight where I will attempt to make good choices. But there will be beer. Today is my last day of drinking for a long time. I'd like to try going dry for the entire month of June - we'll see how that goes.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Just remember - a small indulgence once in a while never hurts anybody. It's what you do tomorrow that matters the most. I hope to see you all back here and tracking and exercising and loving it! I was going to run today, but my stomach is too upset and it's 95 degrees outside - not a great combination. So I'm aiming to kick off this week with an early morning run before work tomorrow. See you out there!
Week 7 Schedule (Completed):
Mon - Rest
Tue - 7 miles
Wed - Swim
Thu - Rest
Fri - 3 miles (PRed by time!)
Sat - 13.1 miles (in 2:45 - run/walk)
Sun - Rest
Total Weekly Miles: 23.1
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 3885
Weekly Weigh-In: 184.2 (hurray! going down again, though I don't expect much from the scale this week)
Week 8 Schedule:
Mon - Rest
Tue - 3 miles
Wed - Rest
Thu - 7 miles
Fri - 4 miles
Sat - Rest (I'm going in for a minor procedure this day, so I'm going to have to put training on hold for a couple of days - hoping I get clearance to resume running by Monday or Tuesday next week)
Sun - Rest