Did you know that I’m 3 lbs away from my goal weight? That I don’t plan on getting smaller? But if I do build muscle and burn fat, I’ll probably get smaller while still weighing the same.
Did you know that my BMI is 21.4? That it is smack dab in the middle of the healthy weight range?
Did you know it’s been a year since I started this weightloss journey? This didn’t happen overnight. It’s taken me 12 months to lose 20 pounds.
Did you know that getting enough calories is constantly on my mind? But no, I would not like that cupcake filled with refined sugars. That’s not how I get my calories. But let me not say that aloud because I would like to not offend you.
Did you know I feel strong and healthy? That I probably feel the best I’ve EVER felt (health-wise) in my life?
Did you realize that I’m not the smallest person here? That you aren’t telling them they need to eat a cupcake? That maybe you just aren’t comfortable with change? And sorry, but I plan on being this size for the rest of my life.
Did you know that I’ve made sure to have my husband tell me when he thinks I’m overdoing it?
My weekend was THE BEST weekend I have had in such a long time. My laundry didn’t get done and our bedroom isn’t clean, but I feel refreshed and recharged.
Hubs and I went to see The Descendants on Friday. Pretty good movie. I definitely recommend it for at home viewing. I like movies that make you consider your life and how you live it.
Up early on Saturday to grocery shop. I LOVE going in the earlyish morning. So quick and you can actually think.
Then I hit the metro to meet up with some awesome tumblrs.
I remember way way back when I was frustrated to have to run at a slower pace to be able to run with others instead of just by myself all of the time. I think I’ve learned to love the company despite how fast we’re going. Reminds me of Into the Wild, where the main character proclaims that happiness is meaningless unless it is shared. I think the pressure was also off to go faster because this run wasn’t scheduled on my training calendar and I had to take it easy so I could race well today. There were 2 Chatty Cathy’s and I was not one of them. I’m really glad that Avi and Emily are such good conversationalists. I get so quiet around new people because I’m trying to feel out their moods. I have a pliable personality and have a tendency to match other people’s demeanor.
Brunch was GREAT. I loved my food and I loved my discount! (25%!!!! The waitress definitely got it back in her tip.) And I realized that you can take the people out of the internet, but you can’t take the internet out of the people. I still wish we had put our name in at Open City as “Internet.” Next time. Must remember this for next time.
Hubs and I met some friends in Chinatown for a drink and then met a couple for a show at the Shakespeare Theater. Again, great great times.
This morning I killed a “half” marathon. Official length was 12.14 miles. I’m bummed that I couldn’t officially PR because when I say killed it, I mean massacred this thing. Except for the first mile, all of my miles were around 7:30. When I looked at my phone after the race, I saw my average pace was 7:35/mile. That seems pretty awesome to me. The coolest part was hearing Endomondo’s coach telling me I ran 10 miles in 1:15. That’s 7 minutes faster than Cherry Blossom last year. I feel so strong and so confident right now.
Hubs and I just got back from yet another movie (The Grey) which is INTENSE! I recommend it, even though I had to close my eyes for some of it. A very worthwhile time with friends we don’t see enough.
Now it’s time for bed because 5:00 comes quickly and the kiddos are quite crazy.
Who all is coming this weekend? Just thinking depending who is participating we maybe able knock out more than 3 miles. My other alternative is metro to DuPont and run, but that is some serious hill training.
So far I have:
Anyone else coming? Anyone want to do more than 3? I already plan to do a little extra, but I’m pretty down with more. SOME of us have IT band issues though. And some of us have a half marathon the next day.
I’m really down with whatever though. Half marathons aren’t that scary to me right now. Who would have thought those words would come out of my mouth?!
HOWEVER there will be shuttle buses and you can always drive. (Or you can be like easybeinggreene and run from a different metro stop. I’m running from Columbia Heights which is 1.7 miles from the zoo.)
But I’m probably PMSing. Usually I’m a lot crankier, so it went unnoticed. I like to make sure that what is happening to me is “normal” because don’t we all want to be normal? Anyway, I stumbled upon this article.
So my body is working with me and understands these crazy things that I’m doing!
On a side note: 131.6 this morning. I was SHOCKED! It’s not next Wednesday yet, but I wanted to share because I couldn’t believe it myself. (Yes, I did double check)
Do not put off your run until 8:30 at night. And do not stuff your face up until 8:30.
Running 8 miles with a stomach full of crappy food is one of the worst feelings ever. If I was the kind of person who vomits after running, I would have - thankfully I’m not. (Or maybe throwing up would have made me feel better?) (Hubs is a vomitter. He claims the relief he feels afterwards is one of the best feelings in the world.)
Side note: when parents-in-law came to visit, they brought gluten free food with them as a gift. Little do they know that 1. Ethan and I usually don’t eat things that need to be made gluten free and 2. We don’t buy a lot of processed food.
I’m remembering this feeling in my stomach right now the next time I want to eat junk. suckssssss.
Take a look a the evil being:
Work with me intestine. I won’t do it again, I promise!!!
On a side note - I still ran tonight. Even when kitty decided to curl up on my lap. Even when I was contemplating going to bed early. Even when I was figuring out how to make up my miles on another day. I still ran. And it was good.
I love lunch! I love it so much that I always eat it during my planning time instead of my lunch time. My lunch is just so delicious!
Anyway, I’ve been fighting the cookie temptation because there’s a stash of cookies in my cabinet leftover from a holiday party in December. Everyday, or at least it seems like everyday, I want to add to my delicious and nutritious lunch. I want to add COOKIES!!!!
Some days I do. Today, I didn’t. I was saved by my students. It was time to pick them up from lunch. And lucky enough, we have indoor recess, so I won’t sneak cookies with my students watching.
I kind of like this accountability. And I like watching them play 7-up. Most of them are getting past that really annoying age and are becoming even cuter.
I wanted to write something to embody my running experience from yesterday.
20 miles is quite a milestone. Sitting here now, it’s hard for me to believe that I did it. Have you ever had that experience?
The night before, I believe I fueled well - Lots of rice, lentil chips, lots of popcorn. (We had friends over)
The morning of I had a big bowl of oatmeal, a banana, and some coffee. This has become a staple before all of my long runs.
Originally, I was going to meet Emilydoesscience and run an amazing loop that starts in Silver Spring, goes through Georgetown, and then back to Silver Spring. However, her IT band is enemy #1 right now. All this being said, I’m a scaredy cat and don’t like to run places I’m not familiar with without a brave partner (like Emily).
So, I run my big Greenbelt loop 4 times. The big loop helps the time pass quicker. There are checkpoints along the way that signify the different mile markers. I also like that there are some hills to help me have better training.
I thought about a lot of you while I was running. RunwithRach doing 30 miles. Fat-to-Fast having 18 the next day. Robindoesrunning on the treadmill for 2 hours (I did not envy that though. blech.) And many others who were putting forth so much effort this weekend. Just wow. My dash is so full of inspiration. I hope that I’m able to pay it forward.
I stopped every 5 miles for fuel and water. There’s a convenient little water fountain so I can Gu up and then rinse the sticky out of my mouth. Stretch stretch stretch and then keep moving. I’m happy to say that my knee pain wasn’t so bad. There was some dull pain and I had to stop and massage my IT once, but other than that, I could power through.
Here I am at my last water stop, mile 15.
Did I mention it was cold? This was the first time I’ve ever worn a scarf while running. I had arranged with hubs to come pick up any clothes I might need to lose, but I never needed to lose anything. Brrr… As long as I was moving, I was warm, but if I stood still for too long, it was really hard to get moving again.
But BAM 20 miles were cranked out on Saturday and I feel so awesome for doing them. I missed Emily, but I’m glad she was able to take it easy and hopefully will be back in the game soon.
Distance: 20 miles
I am completely shocked that I kept my pace so quick for such a long distance.
And best thing: Was I in pain yesterday? No. I was a little sore the afternoon and evening after the run, but yesterday I felt great. I am in complete awe of what my body is capable of. Bring it on RnR USA. I will own you.
I don’t know how you frequent gym-goers do it. I felt like I had no purpose. I wonder if I would feel better if I went with a workout written down.
10 min walk/run warm up
Lat pull downs
20 minutes bike
Tricep press down
It was nice. E went with me and got a feel for the gym. I think he’d like to start working out, too. It would be nice to have gym/weight room buddies like I did in high school. I miss those times a lot!
1. I’ve been procrastinating this 20 mile run for about an hour and a half
2. I waited until I went to te bathroom because I want to train my body that it isn’t okay to have to stop around mile 5
3. Yummmmm coffee
4 (and most importantly). Free ikea breakfast Monday morning at the ikea in college park! I’ll be there at 9:30 for free coffee if you’d like to join Hubs and I. Wahoooooooo!
Alright here I go. If you happen to be in Greenbelt today I’ll be running 4 big loops…. But none of you live in Greenbelt!