Wednesday, May 01, 2013
This will be a short blog because I am feeling pretty wiped out, wiped out in a way that I have not felt in quite awhile. I ran 8.58 miles in 1:19 minutes, which is the longest distance that I have ever run. I was prepared this time and brought coconut water on the run. I learned my lesson!
On this run, I had a bit of time to think and I spent some of it thinking about what my workout routine should look like. I have been feeling a little divided about what I should be doing because on one hand, I need to lose weight to get back into maintenance, but I also need to start focusing on getting a base fitness level for endurance and training for my first half-marathon. The problem there is that on days where I am pressed for time, I know how to get my calories burned in, but those workouts don't actually help my cardio fitness. If I ran more for calorie burn, my strength training always takes a hit and I can only do one long run a week followed by much shorter 3-4 mile runs. It has been a little point of stress for me, even if I did not realize it.
I was coming up with workout ideas when I remembered an old SHAPE article with Allison Sweeney discussing her recent marathon training and her comment that her goal wasn't to lose weight, but the svelte body that she got from it was a perk. Well, dang. I needed to pick a goal. I cannot keep tugging myself in several different directions. I have decided that running will be my focus. If weight loss happens, awesome! If does not, well, better to maintain than gain, I suppose. Now I am off to sprawl out on the couch and read a book. It looks like it will be an early night for me.
Thank you, God, for keeping me safe on my run and helping me through my problems, both big and small. I hope everyone had a good day and a better tomorrow!