"There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be."

Days to Marathon: 133
Pounds lost: 7.5

The scale has become my friend again.  It’s a tentative friendship.  One where I know he might turn on me any day now.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I stepped on the scale and it said that I had dropped 7.5 pounds!  That’s 2.5 pounds from my first ten pound goal.  *Happy dance*  It’s been hard for me to lose weight this summer with not really having a steady home, having many friends around, and traveling.  I’m hoping now that things have settled down I can actually get down to business.  If the scale this morning was any indication, things are starting to fall into place. 

So I’m considering cutting out alcohol between now and the marathon (save the occasional glass of wine).  It’s empty calories and not particularly healthy.  Plus, the next day is generally effected as well and I can’t afford to have a training day ruined by a night of drinking.  Plus, the thought of 26.2 miles scares me more than the disapproving looks of some of my friends.

This whole idea is starting to morph from “Get in shape” to “Get healthy”.  Not only am I more active and eating better, but I’m also taking better care of myself in general.  I’m reading more, spending more time keeping in touch with friends, taking more pride in my appearance, taking better care of my possessions.  I wonder how much this marathon is going to change me as an athlete and how much it will change me as a person. 

Side note: new book that I’m reading – The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women.  It’s basically a memoir of a couch potato and her first marathon, which will be a nice change of pace from the elite or advanced runner paraphernalia that I’ve been reading. Plus, it’s incredibly sarcastic….a book after my own heart.

New goal: begin doing yoga twice a week


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