Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I can't believe it has been so long since I last updated. OK, yes I can. It has been a hectic, insanely busy last few months. Work and school have kept me super busy. Fortunately, I haven't let these things derail me (too much).
I ran the Portland Half-Marathon on October 7th. Definitely am proud of myself for taking on the challenge. My goals were to finish and not be last place in my age division. I accomplished both. I actually surprised myself with my performance. Although I really wanted to finish in under 3 hours, my hip flexor started acting up around Mile 10, and I had to take it easy towards the end of the race and walk more than I wanted. I ended up finishing in 3:07. I did PR my previous 5k time. Going into the half, I was content to check if off my bucket list. Now that I've completed one, I have the fever. Looking forward to my next half... maybe the Rock 'n Roll in May?
While training and recovering from the half marathon, I took a break from my CrossFit training. I just started back last night, and can definitely feel it today. It amazes me how great I feel after one of the challenging workouts - must be all of the endorphins. Looking forward to continuing with CrossFit twice a week, and filling the rest of the time with other fun activities.
On the weight-loss front, I have been relatively plateaued over the past month. That's partially due to a lack of focus on what I was eating, and the recovery from the half marathon. I'm officially down to 221.8 pounds - 35 pounds lost since I began this journey back in February 2011. My goal for the rest of October is to get out of the 220s once and for good.
Hope all is well with my fellow sparkers! Keep it up and remember - small changes can make big differences. Have a great week!