On Sunday, Meggan will be running her first marathon @ the Manitoba Marathon - so excited for her. Meggan is a super talented post collegiate runner.
Strong Mind, Strong Heart!
*I came across this hill running demo today. My fall racing will be filled with hilly marathons (Tupelo in Sept. - training run, and Mt. Desert, ME in Oct. - this one may be a "race" or another training run) either way, coming up, my focus will be on hills. http://prsfitlive.com/
(the video is on the home page, after scrolling through pictures)
* 2 weeks of low mileage, with one week being all easy running / recovery week (no hard workouts) -
why do I feel totally out of shape? (silly, I know)
While I know this is just a mental thing, and I know I will come back quickly, and I know the REST is much needed and totally part of MY plan, I still wonder why we lose that mental edge so quickly?
recent weekly mileage -
week of May 16th - 50 miles,
May 23 - 24 miles - race,
May 30th - 30 miles,
June 6th - 16.5 miles - race,
June 13th - 16 miles - recovery week - no intensity - easy running
*I am excited! This week I started using myfitnesspal.com. Earlier this week, I stepped on the scale to see, what is for me, my "utter disgust number."
I am happy that I have this feeling because it always jolts me to make some changes. I am also happy that this "disgust" number is a few lbs. lower than it once was, so I can quickly get back into reality earlier than I would have years ago. To some, my disgust is puzzling. Some, especially in the South, would think I have no worries. While I acknowledge, I am NOT FAT, most of you know how I feel. It's the uncomfortable feeling of being, or feeling slightly bloated and you know it's not a gassy bloat, it's a pudgy bloat. Yuck!
(a few of you do not have this struggle -the lucky ones - I'm jealous!)
So I have, once again, a renewed focus to
" get right "
For me, I think the use of myfitnesspal will help me tremendously. I need a program! I need structure and like structure. I prefer to be on a focused training plan MOST of the year, and that works for me. So why haven't I been on a focused food plan? Several years ago (maybe 2002-2003??), I counted calories and IT WORKED. The problem came in, at the time, not knowing I had not allowed enough calories for my active lifestyle. In addition, the counting eventually became too much. myfitnesspal makes this easy. It calculates your calories, it gives credit for your workouts, and it offers a very extensive listing of foods. I have been using it for a couple of days, and haven't had anything that I could not find in the listing of foods. In addition, after using it for a few weeks, most of the foods that I routinely eat, will be on MY list, so it will be quick and easy. I need this structure, and I think it may help me.
I dream of getting to my goal weight and maintaining it!
Maybe that will happen,
maybe it will not
at least I have the "utter disgust feeling" to get me back in the right direction.
Today, I'm thankful for THAT!
a few pics from this week in Mississippi
Now, I'm out the door for a long walk along the bayou of South Louisiana!