I wrote a few weeks back that I would like to lose about 10 lbs to shave off about 10 minutes off my next marathon time... Unfortunately, my plan to lose 10 lbs somehow never actualized. As a matter of fact, I've gone the opposite direction! I've gained 5 lbs since the wedding!! Yes, it is true that I've been eating carelessly and not been running regulary. But the extra 5 lbs is really demoralizing. I guess I've been ignoring the telling signs: my pants have been fitting snug around the waist and thought my running bra was a bit tight the other day. But then, 5 lbs??? Honestly, now that the wedding is over, I haven't really been motivated to be "good" about eating and exercising. And I should know better! I am one of those people who smell food and my fat cells start multiplying. I've been out running this week and it was a big of a struggle. I guess the extra lbs is slowing me down.
Now, here's a recap of my running the past few days:
9/5 - I ran 5 miles around my neighborhood. The hilly route and it was a difficult run again. I walked more than I ran. :-(
9/6 - I ran 14 miles with the Nike Club Run SF on Saturday morning! We got there a bit late and ended up running with the 11 min pace group, which was probably a good idea for me to get warmed up. Around mile 3, I caught up with the 10:30 pace group and kept up a good pace with them. It felt really good (even with the extra 5 lbs) during the run and even though I pushed myself harder than I should have. I am thrilled with the 14 miles. The route was a bit reminiscent of the SF Marathon course, actually. Can't wait to go back next Saturday to do the 19 miles with them. Side note to Audrey: Hey, I looked for you!! :-)
9/8 - I ran 5 miles after work yesterday on a flat route and did about a 9:30 pace. I was quite winded after my run but I felt like I could have ran another mile or so. It felt good. I love flat routes!!
Today, I plan to run the same flat route and try to take it easy. I feel like I'm finally getting back to normal. Now, I just need to lose the unwanted to 5 lbs first and tackle the additional 10 lbs later!