I wouldn’t say this month has been the most challenging of them all, but it has taken a different turn in my lifestyle change journey. My co-worker and friend, Conor, asked if I wanted to sign-up for a race. I agreed thinking about how this could be my next challenge. Oh my was I correct about it being a challenge. I didn’t want to sign-up for the 4.5K, but I was also intimidated by the 11.5k race. I went for it and chose the 11.5k race, and then regretted it once I started training. Everything was going fine until I had a boxing class where the instructor had us do lunges for 6 minutes. My long run that Saturday was supposed to be 7 miles and I called it quits at 5. After that I attempted to jog that 6th mile and then was just finished. I felt so defeated and had to do a runner’s walk of shame home. The following week I reassessed my workouts, swapped boxing for yoga class, and had a GREAT last long run of 7 miles. Exactly where I needed to be before the race. It is amazing what a little sleep schedule change and some extra stretching can do for you! I had to adjust my work-out schedule and my eating habits. I was finding myself really hungry, so I just gave into the cravings and ate. BUT unlike how I was eating to full capacity and beyond before I started my lifestyle change this time I was listening to when my body was full. I also drank water and then drank some more water. Even when I didn’t feel thirsty I drank some more.
When I did my monthly weigh-in I discovered that I had gained a pound in fat, but I wasn’t sweating it. I knew I would run it off and slow down on grain-like carbs after the race. It was nice to have carbs galore in my diet, but I started feeling sluggish. I immediately stopped feeling like that when I quite carbs, so I am convinced there is a connection.
My race in Kaohsiung went well. I was so happy after I finished it. I actually did it! It was a great accomplishment and I can’t wait to sign-up for my next race (after the summer heat is over, of course).
- Ate a lot without guilt.
- Had a bad run, but bounced back!
- Ran 7 miles, strong!
- Bought new workout pants and bras that fit.
- Received my Victoria Secret order from the states and everything fit so well.
- Ran 12k in the Kaohsiung Love Public Marathon!