Thanks for all of the great comments about the race on Sunday. It was a huge day for me and I am still enjoying the realization that I did it!
When I committed to the 10K, I also commited to running my first half-marathon on March 27th. That may still happen, but I have been re-thinking it. Kovas asked me (a few months ago) why I was committing to do these events? Was it fulfilling a long-held goal or have I been around these races for awhile, always wanting to get in on the action? Does "completing a race/distance" seem as fulfilling as developing a lifelong habit or more moderate weekly mileage?
Here is what I know about myself: I am more comfortable in a state of rest. I always have been. I honestly think we all should prefer comfort over sweaty exertion on some road somewhere. Really, what's wrong with all of you athletic people?
So, given that I prefer to NOT exercise and that I love food, I must find some other psychological carrot out there to get me off the couch. Self-esteem, better health, all overcoming new challenges all work for me, as long as I get to share the journey with others. Glad to be on that journey with all of you.
So, I have been thinking that I will continue with my training plan for the half-marathon, which amps up my weekly mileage with 3 days of 3-4 mile runs, some cross-training on the bike and one long run on Sundays. The mileage will grow slightly each week, but I think I can handle it.
Having said that, my main goal will NOT be the half-marathon. Maybe I'll do it, maybe I won't. Like Winnie-the-Pooh, I seem to be a "bear of very little brain" and I feel like I can only focus on one major goal at a time. During the last two months, when I was training for the 10K, I ate whatever I wanted. Not terribly, but not good. Despite having run about 66 miles over 2 months, I still weigh the same, which is higher than I was last September. How will I do on my next 10K, if I'm not sitting at 290 ?!?!
Therefore, my major goal ahead will be to drop the weight. At least to get down to 275, (where I was last September). That's 15 pounds and I'll do that by March 31st. I'd be pretty happy to get down to 250 within this year, which would be a 40-pound drop. I'll put some more timelines to it, to keep me on track.
I'll lose the weight by posting it weekly, counting calories and sticking with the running miles for the half-marathon. If I am eating better AND putting in the miles, the weight should fall off. I just have to find some great go-to foods that can satisfy my increased appetite that comes with the running mileage.