Now that it’s been a little bit since I finished 80 Day Obsession, I’ve sorta been floating around in a fitness abyss. I haven’t been sure what I wanted to do next and honestly end of the school year activities and excitement was just too much to plan around. So I really didn’t do much for the last couple weeks except a workout here and there.
I did start the new Beachbody nutrition plan, 2BMindset. This is a perfect plan for me because it has loose guidelines but still holds you accountable to what your putting in your mouth by tracking with a food diary and the scale. With other programs, I would start off great, be very rigid, but the moment something threw me “off plan”, my perfectionist tendencies would see it as a failure and I would quit. Except not just quit, but go out in flames, usually by binge eating anything and everything. With this program, I have yet to feel like any option is failing. I have learned quickly what might make they scale go up and down but I’m using it just as a source of progress and learning what my body like (and doesn’t, hello bloat from Chinese food)!
I did decide on a whim to sign-up for a 5K. I have not done any running in probably a year but I knew J was in better shape than I have been for awhile and figured I would give it a try, even if so had to walk the whole way. I finished in a time of 52:56…. about a 16:32 min/mile pace. Yep, I’m slow but I finished! It also reminded me of why I like being on the road, there is a zen about running/walking any distance.
After that, I knew what my next goal was. I have been saying for at least 4 years that I want to finish a 1/2 marathon. Just to prove to myself that I can do hard things. So after reading the great book, “A Beautiful Work in Progress” by Mirna Valerio and starting “Running with A Police Escort” by Jill Grunenwald, I pushed submit on my registration to the 2018 Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon – Virgina Beach! It’s a little more than 90 days away so I jumped on my running app, found a training plan, and today was my first training run of 3 Miles. For now I’m loosely following the Jeff Galloway method of Run-Walk-Run. I did 0.1 mile intervals and felt like I could breathe the entire time and wasn’t entirely dead at the end!
In between runs I’ve started a Little Obsessed and plan to re-do 80 Day Obsession as my cross-training Days! That and my new found mindset, I am hoping to get my time down to a consistent 15ish minute mile for the whole 13.1, that would put me in under 3:30 and the course limit is 4 hours. I know I’ll be in the back but I will finish! For know, beware #fatgirlrunning