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Steady Weight & Skipped Runs / “Sunday Funday” Success / Getting Ready For Oct. Races

Not much new and exciting to disclose on the weight. Still consistent, hanging right around 200-ish. It fluctuates a little bit up and down along the low single digit 200’s, but nothing extraordinary. Wish I had something more to say on the topic, but no news is good news I am thinking. More to come I’m sure but as for now, all quiet.

As for the workouts, I have been going along with them when I can, but I just feel like I have been slacking lately. I can’t fight this feeling like I have been getting a little lax in the runs. It was a hectic final push to fix up the old house and get it on the market, so a lot of my free time was spent there last week, to the direct detriment of my shorter weekly runs. And then as I was running what was supposed to be my 9 mile long run on Sunday, the skies decided to open up and start downpouring so I cut it at 6 since I was soaking wet and freezing. So my skipped short runs and then the cut short long run leaves me feeling like a lazy SOB. I have been busy as hell, mind you, but whatever: busy or not, the runs didn’t get done. I know it’s a mental thing more than anything else, but perception is reality, and especially when I’m trapped in my own head the thoughts can swirl around until I do something to remedy the situation. I have plans to get rid of this nagging feeling and head out for a good run tonight (possibly a 10K?), get a 5K (probably late night treadmill miles) in on Friday, and get back on track with my regularly scheduled 10 mile long run this weekend. I also have this month’s photo update due right around now so hopefully I can kill two birds with one stone and get that done tonight either before or after my run as well.

Time to get back on it.

As for the diet and my newly instituted “Sunday Funday”, that went well. It was surprising to me how comfortable I was not logging things in, but I think a large part of that was my not going insane with what I was eating, too. I didn’t log, but I knew that I was making reasonably responsible choices. I’m sure there are going to be days where I just go for broke and cram whatever I can get my hands on into my mouth, and I’ll cross that bridge mentally when I come to it. But as for now, so far, so good. No ogeda and no over-anxiety about what I was eating. No major damage done on the scale, either, so for real: all good. I’ll try it again this weekend and see what happens. If things continue to progress smoothly, I will try and transition into a 2 day a week absence from logging and see what happens, then possibly three, etc.

Looking forward to the next 2 weeks, I get to run what looks to be 2 fun races with 2 awesome girls in consecutive weeks. Really looking forward to my first race with my frend Rock. I feel like we have both been kind of looking past this one because we are running the Philly Half together and getting our training ready for that, but it’s time to stop and focus in on this 6.2 before we look ahead to the 13.1 again. It’s going to be a great time and a good practice run. We have both proven time and again we can handle the 10K distance, so this will be a chance to run together, get used to each other’s pace and see how we run in a race together. We ended up running in the mud run together, but a regular road race and a mud run are two completely different animals.(#1, we won’t be carrying an extra 15 pounds of mud soaked clothes, and #2, there will be no rock walls, tunnels, etc to deal with) Looking forward to it Rock, We are going to kick Bethlehem’s ass. And the second race is a week later; it’s a 5k that I get the pleasure of running a friend’s very first race with her. My friend Katie has been busting her ass to get through the Couch to 5K program and is we are going to take on her very first 3.1 in the streets of Hatboro on the 27th of this month. As someone who recently struggled with the same program, I am very proud of her because I know exactly what goes into completing it. (I also know how amazing it feels to cross that finish line for the first time and I’m glad that I can be there to support her in it) It’s going to be pretty fun.

Ok, enough for now but hopefully you will be seeing another post from me later tonight or early tomorrow morning with the photo updates.

As always, talk to you soon and until then, take it easy.

Andy

“New Normal” / Back In The Trenches / Sunday Fundays Begin

Here we go again. Weight still hanging right around 200’s. Hoping to keep it there or actually let it creep up a bit. I’m comfortable where I’m at, and I am honestly getting less fixated on the number and more concerned with how I feel. (which is fantastic by the way, so I am not going to add stress over a number anymore….or at least try not to). I am feeling good and comfortable where I’m at, and there is no reason to freak out over a few pounds either way. That’s what I say out loud anyway. When I started all this out, I went into it with the mindset of “I am going to focus less on the number and more on getting physically fit”, so by that measure, I am doing great. I feel better and have more energy than I may have ever before. It’s hard, but I am slowly (but steadily) making progress in the effort to stop being so hyper-focused on the effort “as an effort” and more of just making it a more effortless “new normal”. This “new normal” will even include cheating. I don’t want to call it cheating per se, but I haven’t come up with a better term for it. Maybe just say that I want to be more accepting of the fact that I can actually eat some of those foods that I thought were gone forever and still be fine. I’m not saying that I can go out and get down with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every day, but once in a while it’s actually ok. I know this sounds like common sense, but when I was in the thick of things, it felt like that kind of thing was gone forever in my mind. Not so! It’s a good feeling.

It’s a lot harder than I thought, this whole “learning how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle from scratch” thing…i’m not sure what I expected, starting over from scratch is supposed to be hard as hell, otherwise everybody would be doing it. But I got this. Getting it, anyway…

As for the workouts, well it’s safe to say that I am back in the trenches. I think I realized this on Tuesday when after work, I went out for my 8 mile run that I had to skip on Sunday. I came in the house after I was done, completely drenched and said to Jenn “yeah, it’s not raining”. Her response was “oh ok, it was pouring then?” No. It was not raining nor pouring at all. I was just that sweaty. So much so that she thought I got caught in a downpour. Gotta love it. The reason for this borderline over-share is to illustrate that even after completing the half, this is still hard work. It’s not like a switch flipped and I am now one of those effortless runners you see sprinting up hills with a smile on my face. Negative. Still a big sweaty guy breathing hard and pushing through. I’m not sure I would want it any other way. The challenge is still there and I love the fact I have to work for it. (I love it after the fact anyway, I might have a different answer if you ask me mid-workout at mile 9 or 10 of a long run). So here I am, back into the schedule of living an already hectic life and working in the runs when I can. I did 8 on Tuesday, I want to get 3 in tonight (most likely late night treadmill miles) and then 9 at some point this weekend. I already have the route mapped out; all I need is the time to get my ass out there and actually run it at this point. Back to the grind, let’s get it on. Philly Half is coming up in 44 days, so I’m back on the clock and working up to 13.1 again…

So in an effort to continue pursuing the previously mentioned “new normal” that I am trying to achieve in my life, I have made the decision to take my one day a month that I don’t log/ think about my food and turn it into one day a week. I am going to keep on keeping on like I always have, but then every Sunday I am just going to open up MyFitnessPal and close out the day immediately. No overthinking, no regrets. I honestly do believe that I will be ok. The hardcore losing is behind me, and now I can afford to make allowances that I would have considered unthinkable before. So my new “Sunday Funday” routine rolls out this weekend. Only time will tell how it works out, but the outlook is overly positive and hopeful. The logic is that I can then in time transition into 2 days a week, and then 3, etc. it’s a long term plan but I’m trying to do this smart and not screw everything up that I worked so hard for. Not that I would, but I am all about taking steps to make sure it happens the way I want it to. So I’ll let you know how it goes. Sunday Funday, here I come.

So it turns out I have a busy little October ahead of me. 2 races, an exceptionally full social calendar, selling a house, buying a new one, and 8,9,and 10 mile long runs to work into my weekends. All while working and spending as much time as humanly possible with Jenn and Tess. Should keep me moving. I am guessing that this will consequently mean that the month will fly by without me even realizing how fast it’s going. As per usual. So once again, expect to see a lot of me this month. I have the monthly picture update due next week, plus pics from both the Runner’s World 10K with Rock and then the Hatboro YMCA Skeleton Skurry 5K with Katie the following week. I also found out that my awesome co-workers and steady running partners Maureen and Lauren are running in the 5K as well. (Looks like it’s time for another update to the obligatory pre-race pic)

Ok, once again it’s time to cut myself off before I start rambling on forever here.

Definitely more to come, but I’ll save something for next time.

Talk to you next week. Till then, take it easy.