Let's start with discussing week 3 of training. Overall it went good. As mentioned earlier I missed my short run/strength day because I wasn't feeling great but I picked up yesterday and faced my 3.8 mile run. Yesterday was an annoying day for me so I was excited to run because it helps clear my mind.
I started my run at a 5.2. I've noticed the past week or so while my legs get tired from running I wasn't dying out of breath. I think it's because my fitness is improving. I had been starting at 5.0 so I wanted to kick it up.
I ended up passing the 3.8 and went for the 4. I felt good and said, "Oh, why the hell not?" Some days I'm off and some days I'm on and today I felt good enough to do it.
I increased my speed as I went.
Mile 1: 5.2 pace
Mile 2: 5.3 pace
Mile 3: 5.4-5.5
Mile 4: 5.5-6.0
I only pushed to 6.0 the last .3 or so but wanted to finish strong like I would in a race.
One thing I do when I run is try to envision myself at my goal weight. You could envision yourself in your wedding dress looking thin and great (Did I do this? Maybe. Am I getting married? No. Don't judge me.) It really helps me focus on the goal of finishing a run.
When I finished I felt great. I honestly can say I feel in the best shape of my life. Am I at my lowest weight, no. When I was could I run 4 miles, hell no.
So today I headed to Weight Watchers feeling good but also wary because I knew I use all my WAP which is a bad idea for me. I do not have a fast metabolism and over the last five years have learned if I want to lose I can't use them all.
I got on the scale and the woman goes to me, "Up a little, .2."
I just laughed. "Seriously life? Funny joke! I just did something last night that made me feel great and now you have me GAIN?!"
I went to sit in my chair before the meeting began and tried to clear my negative thoughts.
Normally in these situations I turn into the most negative person ever. Honestly, it's quite sad. I think things like, "I'm a fat piece of shit who will never get to my goal." Often times I've come home crying and hysterical.
Today when I was driving home those negative thoughts crept in and I thought NO. I read on a blog about a concept from some book about replacing every negative thought with a positive one and soon you will push them all way.
"You are beautiful and strong and accomplishing a lot. It might take a while but you will get there."
I said it to myself three times. I felt better.
Did it cure me of my negative thoughts? No. It helped though. I think it's a great strategy for me to start using.
What I said to myself is true! Go away negative thoughts, you're not welcome!
So I leave you with that for today.
Tonight I have a challenge. We are going to see the Rays play the Yankees (go Yanks!) and meeting my parents for dinner before. Mexican food...no!!!
My friend Jen helped me make a game plan for dinner and I know what I'm ordering and eating.
I will have three points left after dinner and I am going to bring a snack to the game to tide me over.
Tomorrrow I have another 3.8 (or 4) mile run so today I rest.
I'll leave you with a picture. John and I at the new Yankee Stadium last July. :) Go Yankees!