Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in recovery. So, I guess I’m in the EARLY stages of recovery. I recognize there is a problem and will start to take next steps. I said start because the best I’ve done so far is make sure I do exercise consistently and ESPECIALLY after a binge fest like yesterday. Although it was over the course of the day, eating friend fish and dressing for lunch, followed by peach cobbler and later for dinner having a fish fillet and large fries from Mickey Dees is a binge for me. Not my finest hour. But it is real and I am going to continue to be real and honest here. It keeps me accountable but also helps others to see that it is not all rosey in these parts but I’m trying!
me after my 5.5 mile run home
This morning without looking back at yesterday’s debauchery I got up and took my car into the shop. Rather than have a friend pick me up and drop me off at home, I decided to just run the 5 or so miles back. I was due to run 6 miles today anyway and this seemed like an efficient way to get things done! I’m all smiles because I basically ran the entire way – even up the crazy 1 mile hill. I need the practice because Marathon. In 2 months. MARATHON! I’m scared but determined so I’m am taking my training up a notch and getting ready!
My marathon training is preparing me for all of my races this season and with the weather finally cooling down I find my runs more enjoyable and less tedious! Here is my race schedule so far:
I’m running the inaugural Black Girls Run AARP Drive to End Hunger. I’m a race ambassador for the event and encourage you to join us! I’ll be running the 10K on September 15th, I’m really looking forward to it!
Next up was supposed to be the Disney 10 Tower of Terror 10 miler. I have no problem running the miles but I am attending Blogalicious 2012 in Vegas the same weekend. And with dual roles as a Box Tops for Education blogger panel member and I’ll be leading a fitness workout during the conference, I decided to miss out on this Disney run.
My big race is the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28. I have heard great things about this event for first time runners and I’m excited.
Just looking at the numbers 26.2 gives me the willies but I know with proper training I can do it. To date my longest runs have been 14 miles- last weekends Area 13.1 race actually tracked at 14 and change on my Polar. And on the same course I did a 14 mile run but that was earlier this year. With the increased mileage in mind, I am determined to run my shorter distances and focus on the amount of time I’m on my feet. I know I will be finishing around the 5 hour mark for the Marathon so I’m changing my thinking from numbers to hours. Gotta build that endurance!
A week after the Marine Corps Marathon I will be running the Savannah 1/2 marathon. Call me crazy but I have to stay trained up! Plus, I will be in need of a recovery run and by this time 13.1 will be a walk in the park for me. At least, that is the idea. We will see what the reality is!
I am debating running the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half-Marathon. I most likely will but the jury is stil out on that one. Because just a week and or so later I’ll be running…..
The end of the year party….the Reggae Marathon (1/2 for me) on December 1st. I cannot wait for this one! I already mentioned that I’ll be staying at the glorious Beaches Resort and Spa. Every time I see the commercial I get giddy! I really see this race as a end of the year reward for a job well done. And the beach? My favorite place on Earth. So, I will be running in very, warm Jamaica. I am sure to dislike many of the steps I take (have I mentioned how much I abhor running in heat?) but the sound of the sea will guide me and the thought of a Red Stripe and massage waiting for me at the finish will get me past the uncomfortable moments.
So tell me, what is your race schedule for the fall? And uh, have you any unhealthy dietary things happening that you are trying to kick?