Back in the Saddle.. Again.
I’m glad everyone seemed to enjoy my race playlist and that I could give you some good ideas.
I finally had my post race run. You see, these things scare me. I never know what to expect out of them. And the fact that I had been a little more than depressed last week bothered me. Does everyone else get the post race blues? John dragged me out of the house Friday night- I didn’t really want to go, but after a g-chat with my girl, Jana, I took a shower, put on a cute outfit, and some make-up. Just to try to lift my spirits. We went to Huntsville and I had a gift card to Old Navy and DSW. I got some new Wedding/Easter shoes… and got a new ruffle tank from Old Navy. The shoes cost me less than $15 with the gift card. Thanks, Jay for the DSW gift card! I wanted something to get me out of my funk. Something to get me out of my running funk. But just signing up for one race wasn’t going to cut it. Then, I found out about Half Fanatics. It really lifted my spirits. Got me right out of the funk. You can join by running either 2 1/2 marathons within 16 days of each other, or 3 within 90 days. I spent some time looking up races around here, but in the end decided they were all too close to the half I want to run, but have yet to sign up for, at the end of April. I’m afraid 3 weeks isn’t enough recovery time. But it was enough to get me out of the funk.
I thought I might get a run in Saturday, after my photo session, but it started raining and I didn’t. And then Sunday, it didn’t happen either. I had good intentions for Monday, but by the time Claire woke up from her nap, it would be 4 by the time I got to the gym, and it’s too busy for me.
So, Tuesday was the day. I told myself that I would 5 miles out of the deal, but I would stop before then if I felt that I needed to. I wanted to take it easy. Nice and easy. No sprints, just slow and steady. Side stitches started ailing me early on and by 2.5 miles, I felt like I could puke if I went much more. How weird is that? I ran 13.1 miles a week ago and wasn’t doing less than 5 mile runs and all the sudden, I can’t even run 3 miles? I guess that just goes to show how quickly running can turn on you.
Anyway, it felt good on the treadmill. I missed the running. I wanted to go faster, but knew I didn’t need to and that my body probably couldn’t handle it. I proudly wore my Disney race shirt and even got a nod from the Spin Nazi who works out all the time and is in amazing shape. I guess I impressed her with my ability for a half.
In other news.. Mr. and Mrs. Smith blogged about this amazing app and website My Fitness Pal and how she is counting calories. This thing is amazing!! It’s free and so much easier than Weight Watchers. I am obsessed with it. I have already lost 2.5 lbs on it. I really want to meet my original goal of 130… and I am about 3 lbs from it. I also want to incorporate some weights and get some toning in with the running. I was looking at some different Jillian DVD’s- but can’t decide. $10 is a HUGE commitment. (sarcasm) I am really just indecisive about it. I have the Shred, but it’s more cardio than I am looking for.
I am still deciding on the run for today.. it’s crazy stormy outside, so I am not sure I want to get out in it. Our yard has a river in it. I am not joking.
As always, the first week is hard on the calorie counting. I haven’t thought about cupcakes or chocolate or cream cheese icing in weeks and now? It’s in thought bubbles all around my head. I can’t stop thinking about it. But, you get more calories when you workout, so yay! Yesterday was the first day that I was actually under my calorie goal.
Happy Wednesday, Folks!