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Saturday, December 01, 2012

I've been waiting for this moment since I realized it was in reach a few months ago. When I made goals last January, I had no idea what my yearly mileage would be. Now I know! This morning I crossed 1,000 miles in 2012. 1,004 to be exact. And with a month to go. woo-freaking-hoo!
This pretty number represents:
emoticon 4 full months of training for my first marathon and actually entering 26.2 into my tracker on one day!
emoticon Running outside through a Minnesota winter, that was a mental hurdle
emoticon A year of running with new friends who have become very close friends.
emoticon Running with my dad, and joining his group a few times. They've met at the same place every Saturday for 30 years! That's who I celebrated with this morning.
emoticon Hot, stinky, sweaty, sexy running dates with DH
emoticon Being tough enough to push my kids in a double jogger and teaching them about health and fitness through my example
emoticon Those miles are determination, persistence, making time for myself, having fun, pushing my limits, surprising myself, crying, laughing, mental peace, dedication, problem solving, dead sexy legs, and so much more!

Oh, the cake. One thing I've learned is that running certainly does burn tons of calories, but it also makes you want to eat 4 Chipotle burritos!! I must not eat enough before long runs because I eat all day long and justify it with: I just ran 9 miles! You don't even want to know what I eat when I run 15+ miles!

While I have a lot to celebrate with this latest milestone, I've also had to do some attitude adjustments. I've been eating too much and making excuses We've all heard it: You can't out train a bad diet!

I'm at the high end of my maintenance range and I don't like it. My plan was to lose a few more pounds and get down to a "racing weight" before I started training in March. Well, I've done the opposite. And right before the holidays. And I am totally aware of it. boo.

Luckily, I've been having some good self talks and using things that worked for me when I was losing weight.

Like, asking myself, "Does someone who is serious about weight loss eat that?" For me, there's a difference between wanting to lose weight and getting serious. Today I've been taking it seriously. Last night at my brother's birthday party I was not serious. I had 2 high calorie beers and a handful of tater tots. (hipster bar!) Serious would have been: one, low calorie beer and one tot. Wanting to lose weight is hot chocolate with skim milk, serious is skipping liquid calories. I know I'm being hard on myself. I need to be hard on myself if I want to get back where I was.

Right now my size awesome has a teeny muffin top. It will be gone next week. I promise.

OK, back to good news. I have followed the triathlon ST program for 5 weeks. It's twice a week and I've only skipped 2 days. That is crazy good for me. I am a cardio junkie. I'll be honest, the only reason I'm sticking with this plan is because 3 girlfriends are doing it in prep for tri season. I don't want to be left out! And you know what, it's working. Motivation comes in many forms.

The best part is that I'm actually loving it. We are in an endurance phase right now and I can squat 100 lbs. I'm eager to see what I can do when we get to the strength phase. And my arms are getting ripped.

I have two December goals:


wait, I guess that's 3. That's OK, they are well worth it.
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