Friday, August 23, 2013

My Crazy Side

It's been an every-other-day kind of blog posting week for me.

I have been busy spending my time intently enjoying our last days of summer; some of which, I have been running. Last night, for example, I felt super good about shaving off another 30 seconds from my mile run. I really couldn't have done it without my husband. I actually wouldn't have done it at all if it weren't for him already being dressed for our run when I got home. I tried to bail out of our running plans as soon as I walked in the door from work, but once I saw he was already dressed, it guilted me in to getting out there and doing it!

I was surprised that I managed to ditch another 30 seconds off my mile just after shaving off a minute of my time from last week on Tuesday. This is also due to my amazing husband. He runs at a much faster pace and I was just trying to keep up with him. During my runs I hate his long legs, and after, I am grateful.

I think that I said that I hated running about 12 times last night before my run, and about 4 more times during it. I really hate that I love running. The feeling afterwards makes you forget how much you hate it. That feeling is what keeps me going. I felt like I was on top of the world. It makes me sick to think that after only 10 minutes of finishing my run last night, I wanted to run again.

I am starting to think there are two sides of me; the side who appears after not running for a while (sane and reluctant to run), and the other part who appears shortly after a run (crazy and wanting to sign up for more 5Ks, and even thinks about entering a 10K one day). The crazy side is who wants me to keep running, and I've been feeling very crazy this week.

I'm not sure if the running is helping me lose weight, but I'd like to think it is (since this thought makes my crazy side have even more fuel to keep running). I have only lost a pound so far this week, and I'd like to think that if I wasn't running, I wouldn't have seen that loss. Sometimes my not so crazy side is wondering if running is keeping my weight on, any thoughts on this, readers? I have had comments from people recently that I look like I'm losing weight, but the scale isn't proving it. Maybe running is giving me more muscle, and that's why I'm not seeing the loss? Or maybe it could be the pasta that I had two helpings of last night. I need to stay focused on my goals:

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (3 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday - Thursday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Tuesday & Thursday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Sunday - Thursday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Sunday - Thursday done!)

Only 8 more days of August left. Breaking out of the 230's is something I've been battling for quite some time, now. I am hoping to make this the month that it happens!


  1. 5 years ago, my neighbor got me to join a running group with her. We walked that first half marathon because she was recovering from a knee issue. Now I have 12 half marathons, one full, and many 5 and 10K races under my belt. I've learned that if I want to lose weight, I need to mix up the runs. That means hills, speed intervals, etc. Sure enough, if I look back on weeks that I didn't lose weight, my runs were my typical, normal pace runs. So I try to pick 1 day a week to do speed work or a day to tackle hills. Ideally, I would like to do both every week but sometimes that doesn't happen!

    Sounds like most of your runs are at night and you are probably eating dinner soon after. People recommend eating no more than 30 minutes after you finish a run. The magic number for me is 20 minutes. I usually don't want to eat but I also know that if I don't, I won't be able to stop eating later. They recommend a 2:1 ratio of carbs:protein. My favorite post run "meal" or at least until I get breakfast or dinner ready is chocolate milk. It has the perfect combination of carbs and protein and why you can find it at the finish line of many races.

    Strength training too is a way to lose weight while running. This doesn't have to be at a gym-core work, using your body weight as your weights and/or yoga works too!

    I just tried to find a quote that I read not too long ago but had no luck . But its basis was that your friends and family and even acquaintances will notice your weight loss before you do so trust what they are saying!

    Good luck and happy running. IF you had told me 5 years ago that I would still be running, I would have laughed hysterically. But I am throughly addicted.

  2. I definitely think you are adding more muscle/losing fat/toning up :D

  3. You can get to the 130's, I know you can!!! It's so close!!!

    Also, I have a love/hate relationship with running as well. I hate to do it, but once I'm done, I've got a high that is worth every moment of hate I had. :)