Thursday, February 28, 2008

One year of Half Marathons!

17 days til my 4th Half Marathon. I will have come a full circle...Shamrock was my first and will be my 4th in one year! I've come so far this year and cannot wait to see what this next year brings! :) Of all the ones I've done this year, Shamrock stands out as my favorite to date. Not sure if it because it was my first, or my best, or the flattest....Let's see what 2008 brings. My goal is to beat 2:12.

Gotta find something decorative and green to wear for the run. Hoping hubby gets to do it with me. :)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Valentine's 5K

I had my best 5K today for Valentines Couples Race for Amnesty International.

My times:

I usually do 10 min miles or this was fast for me!

Mile 1 = 8.26
Mile 2 = 8.22
Mile 3 = 8.57 (big hill!)

Hubby was faster. Dont know what our official time is yet...waiting for it to be posted.

Felt great!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

These socks RULE!

Well, I duno if it is the socks, but something is different again. I started wearing them Wednesday for the run, and my feet felt great and the run was good! Today, I ran the 9.6 miles and felt incredible for most of it....Even hubby said it looked like I had my stride back! WOOO. I havent felt that "normal" since before the stress fracture, so I'm thinking it was the socks. WHAT socks you say? Funny you should ask....

I know they are expensive, but incredible. I love the way the arch support feels too, and after dealing with a stress fracture in that area - it's important.

So, I repeat, the socks RULE!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Diet or Fuel....?

I am growing more and more frustrated by weight loss or lack there of. For over 2 years, I followed the WW points system only to continue gaining while running 20-25 mpw and crosstraining for a total of 6 days a week...and was hungry all the time! Recently I changed to follow the Nancy Clark guide for Marathoners. While I love being able to eat more and fuel my runs and xtrain days better, I have yet to loose a pound!

My body fat ratio has dropped in the last year, and even more so in the past 3 months - and to look in the mirror, I see a more lean me - but the scale still laughs at me daily! My mom calls me rugged! which is defined as: Having a sturdy build or strong constitution. hmmmmm. Is this good?

I have come to terms over the last few months with fueling my workouts and forgetting the scale, yet there are times (like weighing in at the docs) that the number on that scale just grates on my nerves. I even told the thyroid doc that his scale LIES! He just laughed at me and went on to explain how it was simply "a snapshot of the moment and not the full story" and "look how far I've come"...blah blah. :)

So for now, I'll continue to fuel my runs as I feel better during them... and I'll get on that stupid scale ....and I'll huff thru my shower knowing that the scale is laughing at me!