Tuesday, March 20, 2012

117 Days Remaining - Tuesday Run With CRAZIES....moving quickly my friends, moving quickly

Last night and all day I dragged major butt. I was so tired. My alarm went off this morning and I almost allowed myself to lay in bed for another five minutes, but I knew that if I did I would oversleep being so tired.

I got up and drank a big cup of coffee and took a GU and made my way to the Y. My legs felt tired from the bike and swim workouts the two previous days. I was not expecting much from this run to be honest. Little did I know that as soon as I shook off the rust I would feel fantastic.

I don't know what go into me, but I just felt great after the first mile. I just ran. I tried to keep that nice and calm feeling I had while running on the beach in Jamaica. I did not look at my watch and worry about pace and time. I ran by feel. I was glad to see my times constantly drop during this run. I just kept running a little faster without realizing it. I never felt labored in my breathing or in my legs which was awesome. I am not going to lie, my legs are a little sore now, but during the run I felt great. I kept thinking "I hope I feel like this in Racine, WI". It was a good run for me and for all the other CRAZIES.

We had 7 of us run this morning. We added another new member to the crew. Ben D. joined us and he sure picked a tough morning as we ran a really fast pace for us and we had probably the hilliest run to date. He stuck it out and it was great to have him join. Chad, Katie, Brian, Jane, and Jay all joined in the run this morning.

This was my first run in Iowa since before Spring Break and it was a great feeling to be out in shorts and a sleeveless shirt. It was just a few weeks ago that we were running all bundled up.

This run was a good confidence booster in my fitness after struggling in the pool yesterday. I hope to keep things going and get back on track with my training. I need to get in a bike ride tonight.

Last, I did weigh myself. It has been two weeks since I weighed myself. I forgot two weeks ago and was not going to do so while in Jamaica. I was interested to see my weight. After running so good today I was expecting my weight to be the same or possibly a pound or two under since my last weigh in. I know I consumed a huge amount of calories while on vacation, but I was not too worried.

I had a major wake up call when I stepped on the scale.

Since 2/29(two weeks ago) I have gained 5.4 pounds. It is time for me to really focus on my eating. I have been bad. I came home from work yesterday and just consumed a large amount of junk food. I need to prep some healthy snacks so I eat those instead of the junk. This will be my goal for the rest of the week and hopefully drop a few of these pounds. I now have a long way to go to get to my desired race weight. 5.4 pounds is way too much weight which leads to so much unneeded force on my joints while running. GETTING IT DONE just become more serious and focused as I prep for race weight and fitness.

The run this morning was a step in the right direction. Great run everyone! It was awesome to be back in the group of amazing people.

I do think my shoes are ruined as I thought. I developed a nasty blister on my toe from running.I think the ocean water and sand has done a number on my shoes. I hope to fix them, but if not, then it will be time to break out my 70.3 Racine, WI race shoes that I purchased. I have not trained in them yet, but maybe it is time.

Until next time.....
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