Today I feel like I’ve made some good improvements.
I started keeping track of what I’m eating with a specific goal in mind (having a real goal is big). I’ve been pretty diligent about sticking to the amount of food I’m allotted based on my goals. The scale is heading in the right direction and my clothes are minutely more comfortable but what really told me things were working right were the hills I climbed in my 4 mile run today. They weren’t “easy” but they were easi-er. I’ve been running more on a daily basis probably because I can but also because I feel like it and I haven’t felt like it in a while. Now if I could just get my butt to do some strength training that would be good. I feel really motivated, in fact I have already signed up for a half marathon in April and am looking to run a 5K (I never did 5K’s until this year) at the college my son will be attending. I’m doing that one and the half more so I have an excuse to see him.
I’ve started laying out my plan for next years races. I’ve missed running races and running with my friend Barbara and hitting the racing scene again reminds me how much I love it. I’m making improvements and as my house gets emptier as my kids get older and start their lives I need to have something for me so I don’t smother my husband. Everyone needs to have their own life and their own friends because it’s just that important. If you don’t, do it. Take it from someone who didn’t for a long time. You’ll need it.
It’s been a few weeks since I posted but it’s been busy with the holidays. I have already gotten 2016 off to a great start by signing up for my first race in Feb. this is a milestone for me in two ways. First I have not run a late winter race before but also I have not been this proactive in starting the racing season. I have also identified all the races I want to run this next year which also include a full marathon in October. Now, this does not mean i’m going to actually sign up for it yet…I don’t know if I’m that brave but do believe that I am which means that I am leaning more to doing it than not. I plan to do some serious commitment to researching marathons but my brain has already started wrapping itself around the fact that slowing down will be pinnacle to finishing and that fast is not part of a first marathon plan. I think I’m just scared of the commitment and having no one to train with. I mean i have joined a running group but they run long runs on Saturday and I run them on Sunday. my sons are still in High School and we are buys all year round especially on Saturdays which is when my group runs. I guess ultimately it comes down to my willingness to run on Saturdays or find another group that better fits my needs. Choices. Since I do not feel pressured to make any kind of decision right now, I will sit on this for a bit letting it marinate in my mind. I want to, really I do. I just wish it were an easier implementation. Maybe I have to wait. Maybe I have to make some changes. Maybe both. I’m one step closer to making the commitment than i was last year. I feel better about where I am. I am trying harder to add in weight training and other things like Yoga that I know will build up the parts of me that aren’t in the best shape. Now I just need to take the big leap and settle in for the long haul. Time to make buck up and put my big girl pants on! LOL