Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Registered. I Ran. I Finished

I have never been so unprepared (mentally and physically) for a race. My longest run so far was 8 miles since my injury, and that run wasn't pretty.

But I had tons of running friends running the Capital 10 Miler, and I ran it last year. I was registered, and I was going to do what I could do.

I had originally hoped for a 10:20-10:30 pace.. but... well.. that didn't happen. My stomach wasn't happy (had to stop twice for the portapotty). And I could feel the old feelings of 'discouragement' setting in mid race, but I quickly threw those thoughts out. Although I told my friends that I was running with not to wait for me, as I made my 2nd portapotty stop, they did. They ran/walked slowly until I caught up with them.
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It was much slower than last year, but

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Here - My First Race Post/During Injury

Well. ready or not, the race is Sunday - the Capital 10 Miler. My longest run/walk has been 8 miles. I think hope I finish. I should unless something unforeseen happens. But I could feel my old habits creeping up on me. I looked up last year's time. My first thought was.. hmm.... I wonder if I could beat that?

I immediately told myself to stop. That is not what I want this year!!! Don't get me wrong, I plan to try to go for some PRs this year. I love to see progress, and I hope to see some this year. And I plan to 'race' some races. But I plan to enjoy this year of running and not get caught up in comparisons (to myself) or others. I don't want to get so fixated on race times that I lose the joy of running.

I am still injured. I am better, and I am getting stronger. I know now that I'm working with a trainer (When It's Time For Professional Help) that I will continue to improve. But I also know that if I allow myself especially at this point to get fixated on time - distance - past performance - that I will only get discouraged or worse - re-injured.

In fact, I almost bailed on this race because I know that my time will be no where near last year. How silly is that! I almost let comparison steal my joy!

So as I approach my first race of the season, I am approaching it in a different way than I have in the past.

#FitFridayConfessions - I Stopped Counting Calories

This past year I've tried tracking my calories, restricting food, detox teas, nothing 'too extreme', but the reality is I've gained weight instead of losing weight. I told myself that I really hadn't put on that much weight, but when it came time to try on clothes, the reality was in the seams - the bulging seams. Nothing fit - nothing in my entire closet. I found one pair of pants that I could still button - and they were snug. It was time that I stopped pretending that the 'scale' wasn't correct. The truth is, I have gained 10-12lbs over the past year. And my obsessing over the weight has caused  me to put on more weight.

For me, personally, calorie counting made it worse. Don't get me wrong, counting calories and using calorie counting apps work great for a lot of people. However, I am the exception. I would see calories over nutrition. An apple with peanut butter can equal the same amount of calories as a serving of chips. Of course the apple with peanut butter is healthier, but I would sometimes go for the chips instead. I stayed within my calories. I would be 'out of calories' for the day but wanted a healthy snack. I wouldn't eat the snack. Or I would be over my calories, and since I've blown it anyway, I'd eat whatever I wanted. So, calorie counting did not help me. Instead, it pushed me toward a borderline eating disorder.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#TuesdayTidbit - Small Changes Can Create Big Results

Tomorrow I'm turning 42, and this year I'm struggling with self image. So today's #TuesdayTidbit is how Small Changes Can Create Big Results.

I think sometimes we have the misconception that if you want to see results you have to make big changes, and that's not always true. When the reality is,

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Lil Man and I are big snackers. Hubby will snack here and there, but Lil Man and I are constantly snacking. I sometimes find it hard to find healthy on-the-go snacks. I'm working hard on cutting out processed food that has ingredients that I can't pronounce. My goal is to stick with products that are 5 ingredients or less, but if that isn't possible, I try to make sure that all of the ingredients are 'real' ingredients and not chemicals.

When I heard about Love With Food, I was