Marathon Training: Week Two (And Confessions of a Fat Girl)

This week wasn’t too bad either.  I’m still playing catch up from all the couch sitting I did after my half marathon in October, but my endurance is coming back fairly quickly.

I ran 3 miles on Monday.  It wasn’t too bad.  I walked a few miles on Tuesday.  On Thursday, I rushed home because I wanted to get my long run (6 miles) in before my hectic weekend began.  I ran the whole 6 with a few short walk breaks up hills.  At first I was disappointed in having to walk, but now I remember how I had to take a few breaks in my first few weeks of half marathon training too.  I’m certain that as I progress in training, my endurance and stamina will catch up and I’ll be running non-stop like I did for all the later weeks of my half training.  No worries.  Well, maybe a few. 😉

I ran 2.5 last night before it got dark.  I was dressed in dark clothing, so I thought it might be best to get home.  Besides, I had a ton of cleaning and wrapping to do before the kiddos came home at 8.  Spoiler alert:  My house is kinda-not a disaster, and no gifts were wrapped.

This morning my piano is being tuned, so I’ve been able to do a little laundry and blogging.  I’d have liked to have gotten my last 3 mile run of the week in, but I guess I’ll save it for tomorrow.  I’m going out to dinner tonight with my hubby and our friends, so I’m going to make healthy choices, but I’m also going to eat as much as I want!  I’ve busted my butt all week running AND eating healthy, so I deserve a little calorie splurge.  My body is tired too, so…maybe I need the calories.  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway!

Confession time!  After my half, I had planned to keep running and eating healthy, but I did allow myself 2 weeks off.  2 weeks morphed into 6…and I morphed into a fatty!  In 6 weeks, I went from 164 (half marathon weight–and +7 from my lowest) to 184!  In my defense, about 5 of that was water weight because as soon as I got back in the swing of things, I instantly dropped to 179.  The last 1.5-2 weeks, I’ve dropped another 5, so now I’m back down to 174.  I’m hoping the weight keeps dropping.  I’m sure that the reason I feel extra tired on runs is because of the extra pounds I’m packing.  It freaks me out a little that I gained 20 lbs almost instantly, but I did do a lot of eating.  And a lot of lounging.

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I fell, but I picked myself back up.  I’m sure I’ll be seeing the 160s soon, and I’m still hoping to hit my goal of the 140s by marathon day in April.  With all the running I’ll be doing, I’m thinking it’ll all come out in the wash. 🙂

Anyway, next week is a 3, 4, 3 and 7 miler.  We shall see how that goes.

Keep running.

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Girl, Look at that Body! I…I Work OUT!

Today was a very expensive day.  I spent over $100 bucks on myself today, which is definitely NOT the norm.  I hate shopping, and I hate spending money.

I got up early to get a run in, but when I got out there, my hip started hurting (in addition to my poor glutes!).  I’ve had hip pain before from overuse, but this was in a new location and definitely NOT from overuse…lol.  I tried to pop my leg/hip, but to no avail.  I walked most of my loop this morning with a few short spurts of running.  Whatever it was has come and gone, and I think I’ll go for a real run later this evening.

I showered and headed over to the salon to get mah herr did.  They were running a special on a cut and color, so I took them up on it.  I walked out looking fabulous.  I guess.  lol.

 

Selfie-alert!

Selfie-alert!

 

After that, I went to the tattoo parlor to get a laser removal treatment to get rid of this little guy.

 

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 I’ve had him since I was sixteen, so I decided it was time to part ways!  I think I came to that decision when I was extremely prego with kid number one.  I had my feet in the stirrups, and the doc came in to examine me.  He said, “Oh, I like your tattoo.  Do you know what it is?”

 Heck no, I didn’t know what it was!  I saw a picture of it in a magazine, thought it looked cool, and let a guy draw it on me with his homemade gun: “Nope…some kind of spirit guide,” I replied.  

“It’s a fertility god.”

Go figure…my obgyn would positively identify Kokopelli, deity of fertility and childbirth.  Oh, the irony.

Anyway, the above pic is just after three treatments.  It will get lighter over the next month as it heals, and I’ll have to get 2-3 more treatments before he’s gone for good.

When I finished up a the tattoo shop, I needed to grab some groceries.  I stopped by Walmart and decided to check out their active gear.  Fancy, I know.  After seeing how boxy I looked in my oversized shirt in yesterday’s pic, I decided it was high time to get something that fits.

 

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Hellooooooooo, mediums!  Truth be told, I probably still need a large, but I know I’m still shrinking, and well, like I said: I hate spending money!

I still have about 20ish pounds to lose.  It’s all in my tummy for the most part. :/  I have a little arm flab too, but they are still tightening up, slowly but surely.  All in all, I’m pretty happy with my 135 pound weight loss!  #can’tcomplain!