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MM Post 2: Extracurricular activities. :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

In the month it's been since I've posted things have been good. :) Maintenance mode is quite the chore sometimes and although I knew that this was the case, I didn't KNOW, you know? It's hard to stop looking for the deficit when you've been doing it forever (it seems). Remember I have been on this site off and on since 2006, weight loss has become second nature (usually followed by weight gain, but NOT this time!!). I've bounced a lot and I hope that I can get that under control to a few lbs in each direction on average for fluctuations. October is a month of sweets.. Son's birthday and Halloween and they have got me a smidgen, but I think I have it under control now. This is exactly why I want to blog at least every 4 weeks though..

Lowest Month Weight: 153 lbs
Highest Weight: 161 lbs
Current Weight: 157 lbs

Everything in the love-life is going swimmingly. I am pretty smitten. I know the feeling is mutual. We go out in the back yard almost everyday (with and without the kiddos) and throw a football around or play catch (I'm the manager of my company's softball team, fun AND practice). I am totally digging it. I love playing and the little extra burn is a good offset to that candy. LOL.

I am getting back into my run routine for the Half on January 13th. I was supposed to start my training program to run the whole thing in July, but as luck would have it that was the month that my lower left lateral calf went completely numb and then progressed to full foot-fall syndrome (I had to wear ankle-foot orthosis even, because I was tripping over my own foot.. fell down some stairs at work). I was instructed after we discovered the source of the issue to wait until I regained feeling (which could have taken up to 4 months or required surgery) to continue my current run routine or pursue my new program. We learned the source on the 23rd of August and I almost have complete feeling back and I no longer am experiencing foot-fall syndrome. Yay for no surgery and shorter than anticipated recovery time. Today was my first run.. I know that I am not fully un-numb, but I needed to get out there in this beautiful, cool morning weather we're having down here in Houston.

My new plan for the Half is to get back to my normal easy run of 4 miles and start the race (through the insanely packed first 3 miles) with a brisk walk warm-up. Follow that up with 4 miles run at race pace then a mile recovery brisk walk, followed by 5 mile run. I think that this is attainable in the 3-ish months I have before the race. I might surpass this, but it's the goal at the moment.

Thoughts from my other event runners? This is an almost entirely flat, concrete course and I was at about 4-4.5 miles normal and 5 mile "long and easy" before my hiatus that started Mid-June. This morning's 5k was moderately difficult if I'm totally honest. :/

So this is all that is going on in Heather's world.. Well, maybe not all, but it's the gist of what's relevant here I suppose.

Love you guys!
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    great job on the maintenance! your plan for your half sounds great! i need to step out of my 3 mile comfort zone and start running further!
    2005 days ago
    I have found that maintaining if always riding up and down the same 3-5 lbs or so. That's how it seems to work for me anyway. So glad things are going well for you. Keep up the great work! emoticon
    2005 days ago
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