Monday, February 20, 2012

Being proud

It's hard to feel proud of losing weight on Optifast 900. It didn't feel like work. When I'm losing weight by making healthy food and exercising daily I'm very proud of myself, but this was different.

Add in the comments and compliments, and it gets a little complicated.

Comments that haven't been helpful? Being called "the incredible shrinking woman" when I'm already into the up-and-down, day-to-day struggle of maintenance. "Wow, you look great", comes with the silence that you're supposed to fill with an explanation.

It's worth knowing what your response is going to be. I started filling in the blanks with things like, "I'm doing this bat-shit crazy program..." Now I'm more likely to say thank you and try and move the conversation along.

But there is one compliment that I loved, and I'll be using it to appreciate others efforts. "You look like you've been working hard", came from a friend that I hadn't seen in over a year.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I did it! I did it! 10k

For the second time in my life I've made it from 30 seconds of running to a full 10k. Today I did it.  I ran my 4th ever 10k+ distance.

I ran 10k. 
First time since May 2008. 
That's 1372 days or 3 years, 9 months, 1 day since my last 10k. 

Better yet, I'm faster! In 2008 my fastest 10k was 8'04/km, my other three were over the 8'30/km mark. Today it was 7'46/km. My goal is to get to 7'00/km, at least for my short runs. 

Now injuries might get in my way. There are some IT band issues that are slowing me down. Today was an out-and-back course. My knee started to feel a bit questionable at 4km and around 6.5km I was in some amount of pain. It seemed to be far worse just after my walk breaks, but if I could run for 2-to-3 minutes the pain in my knee eased up some. But I'm not letting that be an excuse. Good physiotherapy is going to keep me going. I'm very confident.

Bluenose 10k is my goal!