a wrap of the last six weeks

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I`ve been inconsistent on SP. I guess I touched a peak with my first half-marathon, then life got in the way, let`s put it like this.

First, my mileage went downhill and my eating got out of control. What`s new? My biggest fault: inconsistency. I must have gotten tired of so much running. I took a too long break with small runs here and there (to maintain fitness and sanity). Cold weather settled in and my body went into the hybernating mood a.k.a. "stay in and eat up". I felt tired and just wanted to cuddle in my soft housecoat with Doritos and "Dexter" (big fan!). Result? 2lbs gain over a few weeks.

I ran a 5K on October 16th pretty much out of shape but somehow I pulled a PR. I aimed to run an under 30min, dreamed about a 29min and scored a 28:12! Prove that long distance running DOES improve speed. I was able to keep up my "speed run" pace the whole time and even to accelerate the last few hundred meters. Like my old track&field trainer taught me: "Always cross that finish line at your maximum speed". It was a good race. Look at my chubby thighs :)

This season has been finacially stressing (will it be over? ... ever?). Between back-to-school, my older son`s birthday, fall clothing shopping, Halloween, winter gear shopping my finances are so weak that sadly today I couldn`t afford a 60$ Iron supplement because it isn`t covered by my insurance. Despite the fact that my ferritine is at 9 (minimum limit is 13), my level of energy is significantly decreased and I`m dealing with all-day migraines 5 days out of 6. I could feel the compassion in the pharmacist`s voice when I refused to pay for the medicine but bought my little one a 3$ Hot Wheels car. Ah, the things we do for love :).
Talking about love, I just remembered how much fun was this Halloween for both kids. One was a (cute) dinosaur ...

and the other was was Billy Joe Armstrong (Greenday) - voila! Apparently he turned many heads at school that day :)))

I finally got my picture from my first HM. Of course I stared at it many times but one thing I`ve noticed recently. See in the background, on my right, other runners with red bib numbers? Those were the marathoners. What glory, although running with them most of the race was somehow heartbreaking. Some were struggling. What a gruelling distance. I can only respect that! Observe in the back a couple, arriving hand in hand together. How awsome is that? Oh and check the guy behind me. Eh? LOL

This week I aimed to stop my reckless eating after supper and instead to be more active and hydrate properly the last part of the day. I`ve noticed I drink plenty of water during the day and somehow after 6 ... almost nothing. I was aware I`m thirsty, and yet was reaching for (bad) food instead. I mean, nothing wrong with a whole-wheat bagel with organic natural PB. But not at 10pm! GGGGRRRRRRRRR !!! ... I did pretty well. Managed to run three times this week and behaved most days. I could see the difference in my waist. I am that type of woman others hate because all it takes me to lose weight is do 3 moderate exercise sessions and stop eating after 7-8pm. I eat quite healthy but I still have a fast metabolism. It slowed down with age, I remember how much I used to eat in college and still be skinny (and hated by my friends). I obvioulsy sabotage myslef nowadays. Or unconscioulsy I know I can lose weight quite easy and self-indulge too much. Well, at least I don`t give up. I might derail sometimes but always come back on the right path.

I feel a bit uninspired and boring but wanted to blog though and share some pics. I need to stay focused. Hopefully tomorrow I`ll find the energy for a light 10K, the weather is cold but sunny and the colours are simply breathtaking!

Happy Sunday :)

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    Hi Ana, I have been away, and have only read this blog and not the others that I have missed. Congrats on the half and the 28.12. Wow, that's really speedy! Yeah, you! Your weight looks great in all the pictures. Just keep moving and you will do fine. Eat when you are hungry, and just be sure that what you eat is good food, and not junk food. It sounds like you make good choices. I wish the financial stress would disappear. I know what it feels like, and it's no fun! Keep up the awesome rock as a mom and a runner!
    2360 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    It's natural to have a slump after a big accomplishment. The trick is to not let it go on too long. A little bit of effort & you'll be back in the swing of things. Your son is a cutie!
    2415 days ago
    You look great in your running pictures, awesome job on the PR when you weren't even expecting it. I have been so off the rails lately...hope to find my way back!! Staying consistant is an ongoing battle, you can do it!
    2415 days ago
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