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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

And another thing ...

Remember two weeks ago when I said we'd gotten back from Alaska and that I gained 14 freaking pounds?  No, I haven't lost it all yet and it's just serving as another reminder of how long it takes to lose it once you gain it.  I did lose weight this week (1.4 pounds) and I'm happy about that and I suppose I am also happy to have the reminder of how quickly things can go bad when you stop following the plan.  Considering how I ate last week I am happy with a 1.4 pound loss.  The reason I say that is that I struggled with (at least in my mind) endless eating.  I ended up eating 20 of the 68 activity points that I earned which is more than I usually do (prior to vacation I was eating 10-14) but apparently not enough to really affect my weight loss.

The other big news I have to share is that I am now smack dab in the middle of week one of half marathon training!  We had our first group run this past Saturday and I met more of the team and got in 1.5 miles.  It was my first time running in a group (other than for a race but that wasn't so much group running since it's ever man for themselves!) and it was fun.  The coaches and mentors (shout out to Coaches Bill & Barbara and mentor Christine) were fabulous to run with.  Coach Bill kept reminding me to keep my head up (given my tendency to fall over, well, nothing I tend to look down which changes my posture.  Coach Barbara gave me a tip to rid my arms/shoulders of built up negative energy and coincidentally run faster.  I also learned some great stretches to do before running which is always awesome since I don't do nearly enough of that.

The distance for Saturday's run was only 1.5 miles.  I wasn't sure how to approach this since I'd been running longer distances and since we were having a clinic after the group run I wouldn't have the time to run longer after the group run.  So, I decided that I'd just try to run really fast for that distance and apparently I did because I ran the distance in 17:39 with an average pace of 10:46/mile.  WOAH!  Who am I?

So what is your big news?  Have you relearned anything (similar to realizing how long it takes to lose weight)?

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1 comment:

  1. funny thing about horses... if you do fall off you dust off get back on and continue trotting! everyone falls off the horse - its how quickly you get back on that makes the difference. you've grabbed the reigns! congrats on the 1.4lb but even more for that pace!

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