First, lots and lots of good thoughts for everyone on the East Coast. Video coverage of the coast is looking really intense. Stay safe out there!
I RAN THIS WEEKEND!
After my test sprints across the living room, I determined I could get a few miles in without limping.
So we did an easy 3 on Saturday (I felt out of shape and my muscles took a long time to warm up), and a more labored 2.8 yesterday.
I’m not having the same pain that I was having a couple of weeks ago, but my calves (both) still feel sore.
It did feel amazing to get back out there! Even with sore muscles, I was so happy to be running.
I’m still taking it easy for now because I’m not fully healed (3 weeks later…seriously?), but at least progress is being made. I still have 2 weeks before I have to dive into “long” runs (6 miles to start) and speed training, so I’m not worried. At least I know now that I will be able to actually do it…I was starting to worry that I was an injured for life person!
Still, I will likely take a running rest day today just to make sure I don’t re-injure myself.
Unfortunately, during my 3 weeks of inactivity, I have put on enough weight and lost enough muscle that my clothes are starting to fit funny. Turns out, going from running a billion miles to not running at all, and eating pretty much the same except worse since I don’t have to worry about long runs and stomach issues… equals rapid weight gain. Why can’t Mexican food and that fabulous plate of chicken and waffles that I ate on Friday be low calorie?
I hate talking about things like weight because I try to value my body for its ability to run marathons and not for looking (rather trying to look) like a Victoria Secret model, but feeling like a stuffed sausage in my jeans isn’t fun either.
To add to the pressure, two of my best friends from college are getting married in a month, so I will be seeing people who only know me as 18-22 year old Amy. I’d like to show up at the very least not looking worse than I did back then. Plus, the wedding is in Scottsdale, home of tall, tan, trophy wife types.
So, I’m going on a month long health food kick. (At least trying to). Isn’t it funny. I couldn’t clean up my diet to improve my marathon time, but throw in an impromptu college reunion, and BAM bring on the green shakes.
Annoying also, because I have never lost weight while endurance training.
We’ll see how it goes. Especially since Halloween and Thanksgiving fall between now and then. I JUST WANNA FIT IN MY PANTS AGAIN!
Ok, insecure girl rant over.
I’ve seen some fabulous race recaps from this weekend! Great job peeps!
I didn’t dress up, I didn’t carve pumpkins, and I didn’t make spooky cocktails. I DID buy a big bag of candy. And pin lots and lots of Christmas decor ideas. Sigh. I’m also behind on responding to people! I’m sorry. I’ll get on that today.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!