So, it's been a while. Long story short:
-Half marathon training was going great, and then I got sick. I didn't even PR the race because a) I was sick and b) it was pretty much straight uphill the last 6 miles. My lungs couldn't take it. I still had a major cough and runny nose and sore throat and that I got through the race at all was actually a triumph of my training. I came in about 3 minutes later than my last half. Last time I almost collapsed after, this time I felt... tired, sure, but not much more so than a normal long run day. At first I got down on myself for not pushing myself harder, but then I checked the garmin stats, and I was at 80-96% max heart rate the whole 2:19. Most of the time, between 86-90. That's a pretty awesome feat and I definitely did what I could with the situation on race day.
I gained some weight during the last month of race training. Part of it was just constantly eating heatlhy fueling food to keep my energy up, which was fine. The other part was houseguests for that month that liked to cook fattening food and deserts every night - and I just wasn't in the mental mindset to say no. My weight was back up to 162.2 as of Monday (hey, about what I weighed last year this time-ish), but I'm already down to 159.4 today just restricting calories down to 1500 or less per day. Back to sane workouts minus some nice long runs every few weeks, tracking everything, and no sweets. Just need a little while to detox - even if it wasn't much, I needed SOMETHING every day and sweets should be more of a special occasion thing.
So, this week, I'm supposed to blog about my motivation for healthy living. Here's my top 5:
1. Rediscovering my inner athlete. Three years ago if you told me I'd be pre-training for a marathon right now, I would have laughed at you. Heck, if you said I'd be a runner at all I would have thought you were batty. I would have actually asked who would be chasing me. I have to maintain my body at a healthy weight to continue to perform, so that I will do.
2. Feeling better. I remember how it felt to wake up at 265 lbs, unrested because of my sleep apnea, in pain because my body was carrying around so much extra fat, getting out of breath doing the hallway walk-and-talk at work... never again. I wake up with energy, and my body is ready to do just about anything just about any day.
3. Looking good. Sure - it's vanity, but it is MUCH more fun shopping for clothes and getting dressed in the morning when you can fit in the cute, regular sized stuff in any store. It's nice to look in the mirror and go - "hey hot stuff" most days instead of frowning at what's there.
4. My life. My husband and I get out and do active things like walk to lunch on the weekends and ride our bikes or go canoeing or rock climbing or dancing or skating and we even ran a 5k together. For my birthday, we're going to do an adventure race and another in May. We're not afraid of physical activity and it's great to have something to do outside besides sit and drink. :P
5. The future. I'm no longer a ticking time bomb for diabetes, heart disease, and other sickness. Being in good shape means going to the doctor expecting and getting a clean bill of health each time. If I decide to ever have children, I'll be out there playing with them instead of sitting and watching. I hope to grow my running capacity and be one of those grey hairs that still beats me. ;)
And that's it for now. My immediate goal is to get under 155, but it would be nice to have some breathing room too. This is a good time to shed some weight since I'm not pushing paces, so I'll see how far it goes and stays reasonably easy to do. Though this year was supposed to be all about maintaining, it's not been, and that's ok. Life happens.
Talk to ya sparky folk in another month I suppose! :) If you want, I blog a lot more often here: www.adjustedreality.com/