Finally home….

Sorry for the few days absence.  It was hard to get to a computer when trying to pack and drive all the way up to St. Louis.  By the way, if you need a fool proof way to drive yourself a bit nutty, stick yourself in the car by yourself and drive for 16 hours.  Seriously.  Fool proof.  I was quite proud of myself though because I normally eat terrible while traveling, but I ate very well this time.  I even turned down home made mac & cheese and mashed potatoes when I stopped in Orlando to stay with my friend.  Maybe there is something to this whole potion control and will power thing.  Ya think?  I also got my first compliment from an outside source saying that my midsection was looking tighter.  Yay!  Maybe I can finally fit into my old pants?  Okay, maybe not…yet.

My runs have been going well.  Yesterday was tough though.  I’m not sure if it was because I had been crammed in a car for 15 hours the day before or because there were hills, but my legs did not want to run the 4 miles that I was asking of them.  I pushed through and finished with nine and a half minute miles, but my legs haven’t been hurting that bad in a while.  I might have to reintroduce myself to the concept of hills.  On the plus side, the weather here is gorgeous.  Florida running involved running before 7 am or after 7 pm, but I can run at any point in the day here pretty much.  Glorious! 

I need to be careful for the next couple of weeks though because I am living with a friend until I can get an apartment.  It means more eating with others and less me cooking for myself.  You can only offer me biscuits and gravy so many times before I give in to temptation. 

On a positive note, my interview this morning went great and I hear back from them by the end of the week.  Keep your fingers crossed!

And then the rains came…

Days till Marathon: 122

Yesterday’s run was great.  I set a new PR for my 5k (which might have been helped by the fact that a huge storm was moving in and I wanted to avoid getting hit by lightening).  Today has been a full day of packing and errand running.  I was quite excited for my run tonight, but a monsoon rolled in and the lightening is shaking the windows as I write.  So it goes.  I figure doing strength training and yoga today can take its place.  I’m just going to either run a 5 miler tomorrow or possibly two 3 milers.  I might be aiming a bit high to get two 3 milers done before 9 am.  Normally I can barely keep my eyes open and eat breakfast by 9 am. 

I’m getting kind of frustrated.  I see the improvements in my running, but the physical changes are coming much slower.  I have to keep reminding myself to be patient.  I didn’t gain all the weight in two weeks and I won’t lose it in two weeks (although I would like to meet the person who figures out how to do that!). 

I’ve been trying an experiment in not keeping a food journal…I go a bit nutty and obsessive when I write everything down.  The journal may be making its triumphant return though.  I’m worried that I actually might be eating too few calories some days and that it might be messing with my metabolism.  There was one day where I literally could not get warm regardless of what I did.  As long as I can maintain my sanity, the journal will be a good thing. 

New goal: sculpt my arms (I miss my basketball arms!)

And she’s back….

Days to Marathon: 123

I can proudly report that the trails by my uncle’s house are absolutely gorgeous.  I didn’t run as often as I would have liked to, but I did get in my 4 miler, dance up a storm at the wedding, and take a hike around a lake one day.  Not perfection, but a head over heels improvement over my vacation to the Dominican Republic.  Apparently on that trip I was delusional because I brought workout clothes and shoes with me and never even gave them a second glance.  Improvement is a step in the right direction, right?  I’m not checking the scale till tomorrow morning though.  I figure my body needs a day to readjust to normal exercise and eating.  

I actually did quite well on eating healthily for the weekend until I got to my return trip home.  Airports are weaknesses for me.  I gave into my craving for airport Chinese and an ice cream cone. 

I  have some planning to do though because I leave tomorrow afternoon for my long trek to St. Louis.  I want to make sure that I can still eat well and exercise on my journey up.  No more Starbucks for breakfast and Taco Bell for dinner just because it’s a road trip. 

For those of you who are curious, the wedding was lovely.  My cousin had never looked so happy and his bride was simply glowing.  I wish them nothing but the best for the future.  

New rule: no fast food until after the marathon

TGI…Thursday?

So my long weekend is starting a couple of days early and I am heading up to Canada this afternoon for my cousin’s wedding.  Hopefully I will have access to a computer up there.  If not, don’t think that I quit (c’mon, give me a little credit) or fell off the face of the earth.  I will dutifully be back as soon as I have a computer or get home.  Hopefully I’ll be back to report about how beautiful the running trail by my uncle’s house is….

This will be my first test of how committed I am to training and eating well, so wish me luck!

I can actually do this?

Exiting my house tonight for my 4 miler was like leaving my cell to face the firing squad (or the hangman’s noose, or lethal injection, or a rickety old bridge over a canyon).  But magically (I figured there has to be some magic in training for the Disney Marathon), my 4 miler turned into a 5 miler.  I hit three miles and was feeling great, which is a nice change of pace from last time where I had to beg, plead, and finally bribe myself with new pants in order to finish.  Being the overly ambitious person that I (apparently and suddenly) am, I decided that I should push myself and extend my long run to 5 miles.  Admittedly my legs are pretty tired, but I feel kind of like a superhero right now.  Towards the end of the run I started finally thinking…”I might actually be able to pull this off.  I’m only 21.2 miles short of a marathon.  I can totally do this.”  Logical…not really, but it’s nice to have optimistic thinking every once in a while, right?

I need to really start working on my pacing though.  Right now I am still trying to build my base so I can start legit training on the 21st, but I need to make sure that I differentiate long, tempo, and quality days.  I need to allow myself to go slower when building endurance without feeling like I’m slacking. 

I never did get to the yoga, but I did get to the seafood gumbo and it was delicious!  I think it might be what got me through that last mile.  When you haven’t eaten in a few hours, your stomach is growling, and you have delicious seafood gumbo waiting for you at home…guess what you’re doing?  Running to get it no matter how tired your legs are!