10/29/14 official weigh in
Change: -1.5 lbs
Total loss from heaviest: 138 lbs
Current BMI: 28.0 (overweight)
Well its been a little over a week and a half since Columbus and I am finally starting to get back into a bit of a routine with my life. The one thing that I thought would be the biggest challenge for me, really wasn't to bad to be honest. All this week I have been slowly decreasing my daily calorie limit back to where I should be now that I am not running the volume of miles I was pre marathon. I had a couple of days were my stomach grumbled a little trying to tell me it wanted something when I knew it didn't really need anything. I try to put that fire out with a large glass of water which seems to help it subside.
To get the time I needed off for the race I had to switch around my days off which meant when I got back to work Tuesday of last week I had eight straight days before I would get another day off. I know that doesn't sound that horribly bad except I had just run a freaking marathon and all I wanted to do was rest! Today was finally the day I could truly just sit down, relax and not have to worry about anything. Now don't think I was a complete lazy bum, I did get out of the house for a run and I headed into town to take care of a couple of things.
After Mandy headed off to work this morning, the pups and I decided to sleep in till almost nine before I got up and headed out for my run. The temp was hovering in the mid 40s with the sun shining and a decent breeze to contend with. My idea for this run was to just get 4 easy miles under my belt. As I walked out the door I told myself not even to look at my watch, which is impossible for me, but it was a nice thought though. During the two miles out I had that cool wind coming right at my face making it feel a little cooler than the temperature was saying it was. When I would glance at my watch, it was mostly just to check my mileage, which is basically a lie because I know exactly where the 2 mile turn around spot is, so really I was checking my pace.
For most of the run my knee was a non issue, but somewhere around the 2.5 mile mark a little light pain crept up on me, but quickly subsided. The one thing I am still having issues with, is my calves. I made it further today than on Sunday before they started to ache, but the fact is they still did. The aching pain never really got to horribly bad, but I did add some walking at the start of miles 3 and 4 for maybe a tenth of a mile each. I thought it would be a good idea to break it up a little and give my calves a little break. When I got back to the house the aching diminished a lot quicker than it did on Sunday. This tells me I am healing and if I continue to take it easy for the rest of this week I should be back to my old self really soon. My plan is to rest Thursday and Friday; I was planning on running Saturday, but with our event that evening at work I'll be putting in at least 12 hours on my feet. I thought it best to skip it and do my next easy run on Sunday.
I might as well say it now, I am skipping the Monroe Half Marathon that's coming up on the 9th. This decision was made for me by fate when I was trying to register for the race. I spent an hour and a half trying to register, but every time I submitted my info to get to the payment screen it would kick me out. I eventually took that as a sign that maybe I shouldn't be running it. The more I thought about it, I felt like if it is taking this long to get my legs back from the marathon I don't know if I'll be ready to race by then.
Anyway I have been thinking long and hard (#) about where to go from here with my running and my goals. I have started to formulate a couple ideas that I will run by you all soon. I think next year is shaping up to be fun and quite challenging.