3.8 mile slow run, uniform getting less tight
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I ran with the women’s group this morning. 0500. I was slower today than last time. But I did 3.8 miles which was a recent distance record. But I did it in a 12+ min/mile. I started out fine, but lost some speed as the run went on. I also had to cut it short. I thought the group was leaving at 0445, but found out after I’d arrived it was actually 0500. While it meant I had more time for stretching before the run, it also meant that with a slow 4 mile run planned I was going to be cutting it really close for being able to get back home and wake my daughter up by 0600 so I could leave for work by 0630. So I split off from the group at about the 3 mile mark and ran back to my car. I’m pretty sure they wound up doing 4+ miles.
While I’m not thrilled with my pace I do keep reminding myself that I’ve lost 8 lbs in the past month (so far), I’m running (in and of itself a heck of an accomplishment), and I’m faster than I was a month ago. So time to stop expecting every run to be better and faster than the last. Besides, I ran in the humidity yesterday and that probably slowed me down today as well. The last time I ran with the group I hadn’t run in the past couple days leading up to it. As my weight drops I’ll be able to naturally speed up.
In order to speed up I also need to be able to run more hills and do some speed work. Both of those things can be tough on the Achilles so I’m holding off for now. Given that fact, I should be a lot kinder to myself about my current paces. Right now the better I get, and the more normal I feel, the more I expect of myself. I’m doing awesome. I’m doing awesome. I’m doing awesome. There, maybe that will help.
My uniform is still tight, but not as bad as it was 8 lbs ago. In about 5 more lbs it’ll fit fine. Then I can shrink till it’s a little too big and I can switch to my next size-down uniform. I own a few pairs of the uniform two down. That’s the set I bought after I’d lost all the weight in 2009. When I started this job full time I bought the next size up, but just one pair (I was going to lose the weight of course, and who wants to spend $70 for a uniform they won’t wear that long.) A year and a half later I got a free set of one more size up. At first it was perfectly comfortable (and I got some comments from coworkers that I must have lost weight – because they saw me now wearing a uniform that wasn’t tight.) But now *that* uniform is tight and is the one I’m complaining about. So I can’t wait for my “fat” uniform to stop feeling too small. Then I can’t wait to get back into my mid-size uniform, and finally I can’t wait to get back into my small uniform and have more than one pair to wear. Yes, I do a lot of laundry right now.