Rain, rain, go away!

Days till Marathon: 130

I  was going to run yesterday and take today as my day off, but the monsoon outside decided differently.  I did clean my disaster zone of a room all day, so at least I was moving all day…right?  Thinking that today would be a nicer day, I switched my day off to yesterday and today to my 4 miler.  Unfortunately crappy weather strikes again (three cheers for lightning, thunder, and flooding!).  It’s cleared up significantly though, so I think I am going to try to brave it and hope the weather holds.  Anything is better than running on a treadmill.  I’m really going to have to get over my hatred of the treadmill though if I am going to do this.  It’s almost guaranteed that I will have to do some of my training on one when winter hits. 

Wish me luck!  Maybe I’ll feel so inspired that I’ll even do some yoga too…or maybe I’ll just make some seafood gumbo for dinner (yum!).

The sands of time….or maybe just the beach….

The Boca Raton Community Center offers yoga on the beach, but the best part about it is that the first class is free!  Seeing as I love the beach and I love yoga, I decided that this was a brilliant match made in heaven.  Boy was I wrong!  Did I mention that I hate hate hate sand?  Because I do.  It was very hard to find my center when all I could think for the first half of class was, “Balance…sand…hearts center….sand everywhere…focus…downward dog…sand….ugh!”  Eventually I just gave in and realized that I was going to be incredibly sandy.  Overall it was actually a great experience and very relaxing with the sunset and the ocean in the background.  Note to self: Bring bigger towel.  Less sand then. 

After all that drama (OK, maybe not drama, but did I mention how much I hate sand?  Because I do.), I almost convinced myself that I didn’t need to run.  Yoga was working out right?  Maybe if I want to do a yoga marathon (which is an intriguing idea….).  So I dutifully went out and did my 2.5 mile run.  My right quad isn’t entirely happy with me though, but I did look ultra cute in my new running capris that were my reward from yesterday 🙂

This is for anyone else that is running or wanting to run.  New strategy that I tried out today.  Pick an object on the horizon and focus everything you have on that object.  Literally leave no room for any other thoughts (like “oh dear goodness if I don’t stop running right now I am actually going to die”).  Then when you near that spot, pick a new spot on the horizon.  If done right, this will work for about two consecutive miles before a break is needed.  I’ll let you know if I can get past two miles.  I’m thinking that it may be like meditation and you have to build on it?

Training: 1 ; Legs: 0

Went on my first long(er) run….4 miles.  My legs aren’t exactly happy with me right now.  And my feet, which have been looking so lovely ever since basketball ended, are started to look gnarly and calloused again.  Boo.  I did promise myself a nice new pair of running shorts or capris if I made it through today’s run without walking or dying.  Off to Sports Authority in the morning 🙂  Who says you have to wait to reward yourself for really big accomplishments? 

"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

Back to work…

Days till Marathon: 136

You don’t realize how much you’ll miss running until you can’t do it.  It felt so good to run again today after 4 days of not being able to.  Admittedly, I was slightly less happy after the first mile and a half.  I really need to dedicate myself to this program though because I am nowhere near the endurance level that I need to have.  I’m considering going two a days two or three times a week for the next month in order to kick start my program.  I’ve heard that two a days help build endurance without killing your body.  For example, I could not go run 6 miles under any circumstance, but I could certainly go run two 3 milers….or even two 3.5 milers.    I need to make sure that I train hard, but not to the point where I burn myself out mentally and quit.  I need to learn to balance.

On a slight side note, I’ve decided to start cross training and strength training.  Today’s cross training was Pilates…..or yoga on steroids.  I am definitely not in the shape that I used to be.  I have lost both flexibility and strength as seen through tonight Pilates class.  It’s okay though.  It’s a starting point.

In order to stick with this program I need to stop expecting my same fitness level from when I was at my peak.  I need to forgive myself for allowing myself to slip into worse shape because otherwise I will just dishearten myself.  Even if progress is slow, it’s still a step forward.

New discovery of the day: homemade pudding is delicious….especially cookies and cream flavor!  But don’t worry, I ate small portions and used willpower.  Who’d have thunk it!?!