Thursday, August 25, 2011

I am back at work today (I work at a high school) and am both thankful for the return of routine and dreading it. I have several races planned this fall and am wondering how I am going to fit all my miles in with work and the days getting shorter.

I am also hoping that being roped to my desk more will keep me a little more accountable with SP, since the iphone app only has the food and fitness logs. I love that, but miss reading articles and posts. On the phone I just don't bother. I was completely off the rails for a while this summer (some extra life stressors, including a medical issue for me that seems resolved) and have put on a few pounds. I read the other day that just 5 pounds (only if you need to lose it) can amount to more than 2 minutes in a half marathon. I really want to run a Half in under 2 hours, so the 5 pounds have got to go.

I am reading Made to Crave by Lysa Terkurst - wonderful book! I definitely feel that my messed-up relationship with food is primarily spiritual. I tend to seek food when I am bored, angry, lonely, stressed, etc. Made to Crave is very challenging and is hitting me over the head with the fact that I am trying to fill spaces with food that only God can fill.

I helped coach a Couch to 5k group this summer and am so excited about getting more friends to like running! We have our race this weekend. I am not planning to run it all out as a race for me, but will either pace my son or run it as a half marathon pace run. I haven't registered myself yet so I also have the option of just cheering for the other racers. This is a recovery week for me so I am taking it easy.

Have a great day!!

Update: I knew our 5k would be hilly but the course was far more brutal than I expected. Either up or down hill all the time. No flats. I am happy to report that everyone hung in there and ran a great race. Our group took home 4 age-group medals, too! Everyone is excited to run again, but we will look for a flatter course. We did have one injury, likely due to overtraining leading up to the race. She placed in her age group despite that, though, and is ready to rest and get back on the road when her knee heals. So excited for these friends who have caught the running bug!
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    I know what you mean about needing routine to get back to Sparks and weight loss. I dread the return of school, but I think it will be good for me in the end too. I am glad you are feeling better. Good luck with the marathons- I know you can do it!
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    A friend and I organized a group this summer and have led (and just run alongside) some new and lapsed runners. We had a training plan of run-walk intervals that started with far more walking than running. In that way it was actually easier than many C25K programs. We ran twice a week as a group and encouraged one more day of running for them on their own. We have our official race tomorrow. SO excited for them!!
    2976 days ago
    What's it mean to coach a Couch to 5K? That sounds like it would be fun and rewarding! Good for you!

    Have a great school year, and good luck with all of your upcoming races and your half!
    2977 days ago
    Sounds as if you are going to be busy , busy, put get GOALS in order and the rest will come. Have a great school year.
    2977 days ago
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