I Ran!

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!

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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!

 

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10 thoughts on “I Ran!

  1. When I wasn’t able to run due to injury, I spent some time on the bike and other gym machines and did some yoga. Although it didn’t replace going for a run it did help to work through some frustrations. Because frankly the thought of a diet will keep me from doing almost anything. I do do a clean eating cleanse a few times a year. It is super easy and can help jump start healthy eating. Let me know if you want a copy of the plan.

    • I’ve been doing a few gym trips, but like you said, it just doesn’t feel the same. What type of cleanse do you do? I’ve done a couple and they always make me feel better! I know I’m not setting myself up for success by starting around the holidays!

      • I just emailed it to you. Let me know if you don’t get it soon. Starting stuff around the holidays is a mindset but you can do it especially with the support from your husband.

  2. I understand that stuffed sausage feeling when on a running break! It’s nearly impossible to lost any while endurance training, which is probably good, but then I’m in the habit of eating a lot and have a hard time cutting back. But as you become more active again, your body will quickly lose it. Glad you’re starting to feel better!

    • It’s so sad! I think I need to eat more like you in general with more of the healthy stuff, but I really get reminded of this when I stop exercising! I don’t eat very well at all.

    • It’s terrible. Apparently the only thing that was keeping me from gorging out on the weekend was the threat of unpleasantness during a long run. Oh, and each year I feel my metabolism going a bit slower. That’s fun too.

      • I have started experiencing that as well. There’s ten pounds I just can’t get rid of and it’s pissing me off. No matter what I do, they stay there. I hate those ten pounds because I have an amazing dress that sucks them in just that little bit too much to make it viable for eating out. 😦

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