I just wanted to send a quick check in to let you know I am still focused on my fitness goals. It's been a busy few weeks lending little time to blog the way I want to and at times workout but I continue to practice healthy eating habits.
Today was a BIG fitness day
. I ran in the Big Sur International Marathon for the first time. A few weeks ago I posted that I would be participating in the 1/2 marathon division (13.1 miles). Apparently, I got my registration confused because I actually signed up for the 21 miler (21 miles) and boy was it something else o_0. I've been practicing breathing techniques that allow me to get out of breath less quickly which really helped me on today. It also helps when I do Insanity which is where I first started practicing the technique. Instead of mentally caving in because I "get out of breath" I now look at it as a positive. Me getting out of breath means I am working towards change and that motivates me to continue on so now I actually look forward to getting out of breath.
The course of Big Sur was beautiful but it was very cloudy, cold, and extremely windy throughout the run that made it difficult to stay "in the zone" at times. Although I didn't get out of breath my legs were taking a beating they were so tired but I just kept telling myself "push through" and "you can do this". It did get to a point that all I could do was power walk and that's ok as I am a naturally fast walker. I did a mixture of jogging and walking as they gave a course completion time of 6hrs and 15 mins to participants and I used all of it, I didn't care. It wasn't about speed for me it was just making it through as a personal goal. I will say I really enjoyed random people, the more faster ones, running/ walking by and telling me "Good job" and just offering words of encouragement at critical times as I went through a few moments off and on of wanting to give up but I pushed through. So now this personal goal is scratched off my list.
While running, I learned five important things during today's run:
1.) Going down hill is your friend. I was able to run 15 mins nonstop to my tunes down hill and did not once get out of breath.
2.) Windy conditions and running/ walking up obvious hills and those "subtle hills" are not your friend and they can kick rocks. It was a nightmare trying to power through.
3.) Never look at how far you still have to go, look at how far you've come. This was such a big theme today for me to keep me motivated.
4.) Having random people cheer for you to succeed in such a grueling run is so appreciated.
And 5.) My legs REALLY, REALLY hurt and are SUPER sore. This was a once in life time run. Not doing that again! Those "runners" can have it. Ha! I'll stick to 5 and 10Ks.
There were people there who had just run the full Boston Marathon a week ago and ran this marathon as well o_0. Good for them, but not for me.
Since I am so sore I will see Shaun T on Tuesday depending on how my legs are doing. I've started the week off right and want to continue the momentum.
My fitness totals 295 mins today with 1898 calories burned according to SparkPeople. Usually I would say I feel the number is pretty high... NOT TODAY! I BETTER had burned that many calories the way I was pushing myself today :o).
Until next time...