Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Run Like the Wind

I didn't exactly run like the wind tonight, but I did run tonight. That is the important thing. I haven't really run much in almost 2 weeks. Well, no great distances. And tonight I did just over 3 miles. I almost put that I "only ran 3 miles." But I mean really 3 miles?!? Last summer at this time I might have run 3 miles once and I am pretty sure I thought I was going to die when I was finished. But tonight, I ran 3 miles and carried on a conversation the entire time. It might not have been my fastest time, (hello it felt like it was 100+ degrees with the heat index today) but I did it.

Speaking of time. The Tomato Arts 5k is a less than 2 weeks away. Some of you might remember that this was my first 5k ever. I looked up my time from last year because I have forgotten what I ran. I know it was under 30 minutes, but that was all I could remember. 28:22.7 was my time. That comes out to about a 9:12/mile. Part of me is all like "HELL YEAH" I can improve my time time from last year. The other part of me is all like "HELL NO" I can't improve my time from last year. And then the excuses start coming. It's going to be hot. I am out of shape. The course is hilly. I've let myself go. But you know what? I am going to be all "HELL YEAH" I can improve my time right until the race. And then I am going to give it my all.

And you know what the best part about the race, no matter what my time? There will be an amazing group of East Nasties supporting one another before, during, and after the race.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Right Before My Eyes

Right before my eyes I went from what I would call pretty happy to almost lost. Of course this didn't happen immediately, it's been a few months coming. And right before my eyes I have probably gained 20+ lbs. The equation is simple. More food + less exercise= weight gain. While I have always taken pride in my ability to keep 100+ lbs off for about 5 years, I have had a slip up. A pretty big slip up in my eyes. Yes, I can still fit into most of my clothes, but that's not the the main issue. The main issue is that I feel different. My arms are bigger. My waist is too. And so are my thighs. And emotionally it has just been really hard to get my head back in the game.

But I have got a plan and I am going to work this plan. I did it once 6+ years ago and I can do it again. Part of this plan involves taking a break from boot camp which has been a part of my life for about 2 years now. I haven't been attending as religiously as I once was and I haven't been participating with as much intensity either. I am going to work out on my own again. Working out on my own worked for me in the beginning, I think it can work for me again. I am also going to start running on a regular schedule again, as in training for another 1/2 marathon. While I am still undecided if I will run one in the winter, training will still do me good.

I don't mean to be such a debbie downer, but physically things have just sucked for a while now and I need to make a change.