Marathon training has begun – off with the weight

This week I have been focusing on something that has been bothering me for a few weeks.. my weight.

I bucked up and started a food diary. I am using myfitnesspal.com. I needed to be accountable for what I was putting in my mouth because I wasn’t understanding why the scale was climbing higher than it ever has before for me, yet I am “training for a marathon”. I guess even though you are training it doesn’t mean you won’t gain weight. I also read on runnersworld.com about several others who increase their mileage each week and are also increasing their weight because they think the increase in miles means a free pass to eat whatever you want. NOT TRUE! I am getting back to eating clean foods again and watching my caloric intake. No longer will I just graze through my pantry and have a few Lays chips, a handful of chocolate chips, a little of this, a little of that. All those little this’s and that’s gained me 5 pounds!

A fellow runner in my TeamDisney group on facebook wrote a great blog posting about the numbers not lying. He said it so well. When we start really examining what goes into our mouth and writing it down it makes us stop and think twice about what we chose to eat. If I want that special treat then I am going to have to add a workout to my day to get rid of that treat.

Brian also has some good advice on his blog about exercise.
I started adding a 20-30 minute walk to my weekly routine as well. Just because it is a non running day doesn’t mean I can’t get outside and enjoy the morning and also get in a workout. I added weight training back into my routine. I used to do weights for years and in the past year since focusing most of my time on running I have paused the weight training. So I stepped up my exercise routine this week and I hope to see some results in the upcoming weeks.

Weekly Recap:
Sunday – weights
Monday – 3 mile run
Tuesday – 2.5 mile walk
Wednesday – 3.5 mile run
Thursday – 2.6 mile walk and weights
Friday – 4.7 mile run

I am feeling hungrier now that I have started eating less, but I have successfully lost a pound in a week which is a safe amount of weight loss. I am also hungrier from working out more often so I have to be aware of the food choices I make to choose things that are more filling and not just empty calories. With my fitnesspal.com I am able to see how much I am eating and have been able to enjoy some snacks such as my favorite – popcorn. And I have been making banana softserve so I can have a snack after dinner which isn’t a sugary snack at all. I whip up frozen bananas in my blender and enjoy them on a 20 calorie ice cream cone. The added benefit to this is that I am getting my potassium to help my legs.

In terms of the marathon training. I have been ahead of the recommended Jeff Galloway schedule because I am preparing for the Sea Legs Shuffle in Guilford on August 5. It is a 10 mile race. My average miles are between 16 miles to 20 miles per week and I’ll be interested to see those miles increase the closer to the marathon I get. I am feeling good about my training but I want to adjust my running days. I have been running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and that is not giving my legs enough rest between runs so I will modify that to give myself 2 days off between runs.

While I am a little nervous about the 10 mile race next weekend, I am looking forward to it.

Rain Rain I won’t go away

I did something I had always been afraid of recently. I ran in the rain. I have run in the rain before. In fact, my first 5K was in a torrential downpour in a field. I also got caught in a rain storm last summer during a 4 mile run and at mile 2 the skies opened up. However I have never run long distance in the rain. I always planned my running schedule around the weather forecast.

I had been planning all week on doing my 9 mile run on Friday and the weather was looking good. The hot streak that we were in would break on Wednesday and it would be drier and cooler in the morning. When I woke up that wasn’t the case. It was dark and rainy. I held off going early in hopes that the rain would let up. This would give me time to eat my breakfast and watch the radar. I checked the radar and there were no holes in the green blob that was covering the state. So I sucked it up and went for it.

At first I wasn’t sure how I would like running the whole 9 miles in the rain, but it was still pretty humid out and the rain was a relief. I was sure to keep my ear buds in the whole time because once you take them out and water gets in your ears, it’s hard to listen to your ipod. I also had to keep my phone and ipod in my spibelt because they were getting wet whenever I took them out of my spibelt to look at them and change my podcast. The spibelt is not a waterproof sack, so for the future I will be sure to put my phone and ipod in a ziplock bag.

Most of the run was in the rain, but like I said it wasn’t bad. I only started sloshy and have heavy wet feet towards the middle of the run. But it was bearable and I didn’t get any blisters because of it. That was my biggest fear prior to my first half marathon. I was terrified that I would have to run 13.1 miles in the rain and that my feet would just become one messy blister. Not true.

So when I see rain in the forecast in the future now I will not adjust my schedule accordingly. I will look forward to it. It has a soothing and empowering effect that you don’t have to stop doing what you love just because of the weather. Lord knows, I didn’t let the winter slow me down.

It’s been one year since I started running outside

This past week marks the one year anniversary of when I started running outside and committed to never using the treadmill again despite the weather.  I am pleased to say that my running has changed me.  I used to run before on the treadmill, but like I said, I never considered myself a runner.  Now a year later, I have run TWO half marathons within 30 days of each other and I am signed up for the WDW 20th anniversary full marathon.  Running is in my blood and has become a major element of my life.  It is my time alone, my time to NOT think or think if necessary, and a way for me to stay healthy.  

In fact, this morning I had to go out for an early run due to the hot weather we are experiencing and I noticed things outside today.  The air had a sweet smell to it and it was very dewy out because of the humidity and storms we had yesterday afternoon.  You don’t get to experience that on a treadmill. 

Here’s to looking forward to a new year of running and what will I accomplish next?!