Monday, December 09, 2013
We were away three days for Thanksgiving and I ate and ran. Literally!!! After having a salad at IHOP en-route to my sister-in-law's, I was offered some really delicious bread pudding when we arrived. I knew I'd be up early in the morning for a turkey trot and figured I'd take the carbs. These were not good carbs. They were melted brown sugar and chocolate syrup drenched bread carbs. Read "cocaine to the recovering sugar addict". I certainly overindulged. Come morning, I ran my race and felt really good about the results. I came back to an excellent Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed it properly. Read "I dug in to all the stuff I've been avoiding for three years." I log my food faithfully, and finally got access to the internet and found out the IHOP salad was about 2000 calories and the bread pudding was probably 4000. At that point I stopped counting. When we got home after several more non-plan meals I weigh nine lbs. more than I did when I left the house. I thought I'd have learned something over the past few years, but I still managed to fall off the wagon.
So, that was mostly the ugly. Here's the good:
We're all bundled up because it was early, freezing, and windy.
I'm the handsome guy in the yellow windbreaker sporting my "No Shave November" beard.
Anyway, I've clawed back to where I was before Thanksgiving. I'm on a streak of 10K per day since the 29th and averaging less than ten minute miles, which is pretty good for me. I'm aiming to continue doing that right through Christmas. During January I'm in a 10K race every Saturday and I'm looking to see my year to year change from the 2013 series.
Along with my better half, I had to rethink that marathon series I talked about in my last SparkBlog entry. It looks like it would cost at least a couple thousand dollars even if we drove and were really careful with the budget. What I'm planning to do now is map out some easy courses locally and train to compete virtually as the races are run. I'm pretty confident that I can do it, but that won't get me into Marathon Maniacs and the only credit I get will be in my head.