Now that I am not running as many miles the pounds are creeping back! Not good! Of course having so many excuses to eat, such as graduations, family events, wedding and baby showers and just hanging out with our running group is not helping either.
So I must learn temperance with food and do what my wonderful dietitian has programmed for me. I know if I follow the program I will get results, but knowing and doing are two different things! Proper motivation is needed to reach the goal.
My motivation is to have energy and better health to serve my family,but I will admit that I want to run faster too or at least feel lighter on my feet! 😉
Begin again. That is my motto and the only advice I can give to anyone!
I updated my weight loss ticker to track my progress. Now I begin!
1. Saturday I will run twelve miles for the first time! We will run twelve miles for our long run for the next two weeks and then taper our miles as we get close to the half-marathon. I will be honest I never thought I would run one mile much less twelve or better! So the rest of the schedule is six-mile runs two times a week and one forty-five minute run and twelve miles on Saturdays for two weeks and then taper.
2. My biggest concern about the half-marathon is getting there! We ended up with a hotel ten miles from downtown and I am afraid the traffic and parking will be a pain! I am still trying to convince some of my older sons to come along and be our “race crew”!. It would be nice to just be dropped off at the start line. So if anyone has any advice about the St. Jude marathon in Memphis and the best way of navigating it please let me know!
3. Last night my good friend and I had a friendly competition trying to win a Bondiband from Slow Is The New Fast costume contest! It got wild and we still tied!
4. I am losing weight and my pace is picking up slowly but surely. My purpose in sharing pounds and paces is to hopefully encourage others. Since I started running in January 2011 I have lost twenty-four pounds and still need to lose another nineteen! I was that overweight when I started! I have never been athletic and I could not run for thirty seconds. So please believe me when I say that bit by bit you can learn to run for long distances! Just start and be determined! Talk to your doctor first!
5. My weight loss has created a need for a new wardrobe! Actually hubby and I both are in desperate need to go clothes shopping! Hopefully I can take care of that this weekend!
Two weeks ago I consulted a dietitian to develop a meal plan for the rest of my half marathon training and to help me lose weight as well. So, here are five things I have learned about eating and running!
1. Running does help you lose weight, especially running long distances, but you can overeat your running very easily! No more eating whole pints of Starbucks Coffee Ice-cream just because I ran!
2. We have the tendency after a long run to eat to feel better, kinda like eating through a hang over ( so I am told! ), but what the body actually needs is rest and hydration after eating a normal amount within your calorie limit.
3. Serving sizes are remarkably small! What have I been thinking all this time!
4. Eating balanced meals three times a day ( instead of one big one!) and a pre- run snack definitely fuels your run better. Go figure!
5. You can stay within your calorie range and still eat poorly! I am working on eating more fruits and veggies!
Over all I am seeing a difference in my running and the pounds are starting to move! So check out Runner’s FUEL and get your own fuel plan!