It appears that my once-daily posts are becoming weekly posts. I really thought I would be better about that last week, but apparently not. I guess I've just been so busy that blogging has slipped away from me a bit. I'm really going to try to post more this week! I think that I'm going to continue to be busy (in a good way) so I'll just have to try to squeeze in a little more blogging time.
Eating has been fair. Not great, but not terrible...Mostly healthy with a few splurges. I continue to drink my water too.
Exercise has been good. I have missed a couple days (in a row) now but that's okay. Last week I got some form of exercise done every day, so that was good. Some of it was walking, some of it was strength, and some was heavier cardio. The important thing is that I was still moving, no matter how intense it was.
I have a half marathon coming up this weekend and I feel like I've not been great with my running the last few weeks. Between other things going on and crazy weather (combined with my treadmill hatred), I just haven't been out there. I was hoping to go out for a run today but it's raining. And it's supposed to rain all week. I cannot do more than a few miles on the treadmill without losing my mind. But I really need to get some running done this week. I suppose shorter runs on the torturemill are better than no runs.
I ran on Saturday and it felt so good! A friend and I traveled up north, to Traverse City, Michigan, to participate in the Bayshore race. They offered a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10K. We opted for the 10K, which was good. It was a very chilly (and early) morning - the temperature was only in the low 40s! The race started at 7:30 so we got up at 5:30 to give ourselves time to get ready and get to the race area early enough to find a good place to park. Luckily we had no trouble getting in or out.
I had brought a tank top with, but decided to pick up a t-shirt the night before. I'm glad that I did! I got one of those Under Armor Heat Gear t-shirts, which worked out well. The sun came out and despite it being chilly, once I got running I felt okay. I still prefer temps in the 50s or 60s for running (especially in short sleeves!) but it ended up being alright. I didn't feel too bad during or after. My thighs were a little sore when I got out of the car at home, and for the rest of the day. I think that's because we ran and after a short drive to the hotel wegot ready to head home, and than sat in the car for the drive home. I think all that sitting, after having ran 6.2 miles, caused it. My legs were sore the rest of the day and that night but felt better by Sunday.
My race performance was good. I was happy with it; comfortably near the middle of the pack, as I like. As far as time, I did about the same as my last 10K race, Polar Dash, in January. I think I would've been a bit faster but I had to stop to tie my shoe three different times. In guessing how much time it took to do that, I probably would've PR'd by several seconds. However, I had to tie those shoes and ended up being about thismuch slower than my last 10K. I guess that's not bad for having not run in a while! Knowing that I did 6.2 without difficulty, and have done other longer runs without difficulty in recent weeks, I'm confident that I can complete my second half marathon, and hopefully in a faster time than I did my last half marathon.
This Saturday morning is the Sunburst half marathon in South Bend, Indiana. This one will pretty much be a solo trip. My Mom is going to ride down with me but she's not participating in the race. I have a friend who will be there walking it with a group of her friends. Other than that, I don't know anyone else who will be there. I'll just join the group and settle into my pace and enjoy those 13.1 glorious miles. I'm sure I will have quite a bit of time to think or whatever else. I'm a casual runner and my run pace is more of a jog, so I plan on a few hours (the same time it takes fast people to do a full marathon!), just for good measure. If I can keep a consistent pace, I'll be done in about two-and-a-half hours, but given that distance, I'll likely slow down. I will also most likely walk part of it, but that's typical for me anyway. Or maybe I'll vary my speed and just do a slower jog, who knows...
I'll see what the day brings (you know, other than a possible black toe nail that will eventually fall off, blisters, chaffing, and muscle soreness). I think I'm better prepared for this half than my last. I hadn't done as many consistent long runs before that one so hopefully because I have this time I won't be so sore. I definitely didn't think about getting things like an anti-chaffing agent. I picked that up the other night - Body Glide. It helps with blisters too. I'm also making sure to wear my running compression capris. I think those will help with the chaffing too. I'd prefer to take a shower and not have tears come to my eyes just because water hits my inner-thighs.
I'm going to continue my workouts this week (strength, too) and I plan to have a good race on Saturday! I'm thinking positively about it so hopefully attitude counts for something!
I suppose I should go do some kind of a workout. I know I'm doing the burn circuit DVD that came with TF but I'm not sure what else. I might do a TF cardio workout (like Fire 30) and try to get a little running done. I don't really want to run in the rain, but I need to do something...Even if it's just half an hour. If I don't run, I'll do a longer TF workout. If I run longer than planned, I may not do TF at all. I guess this will all depend on how I feel after I change my clothes....
Hope you have a great week! I will post again soon!!