I don't just want my life to be about weight loss anymore. I read a fantastic guest post from Janae (The Hungry Runner Girl) called Finding your Workout Motivation over at Peanut Butter Fingers (Julie is in Europe for 13 days and has a guest post everyday while she is away). Janae summed it up perfectly :
"Remember that working out isn’t just about burning calories and losing weight (I used to workout for that reason only and I dreaded it). Exercise for your mental health, to do something positive for yourself, to take care of your body, to ward off disease and sickness, to improve your confidence and build relationships."
This is what I want to be able to do - I was starting to become overwhelmed with just the weight loss, my whole life started to revolve around my weight - what I could and couldn't eat. I was left feeling demotivated and deprived most of the time, but since incorporating a running aspect into my life (as slow as I may be) it is starting to help me spread the focus and hopefully help me find the balance I am looking for.
It was cold to start with, it was around 11 degrees C, maybe less. I found the first 100 ms or so a little tough and was wondering why I was putting myself through this and then I thought of Sheryl over at Bitch Cakes who does Fun Runs in the snow, like the Grid Iron 4 mile Run - what was I complaining about? Once I warmed up a little more, I felt a lot better about the whole thing.
I was crusing along pretty well, when I hit a massive hill, I knew there was a hill, but I didn't know how big it was, I almost died when I saw it. I slowed down to a shuffle (not on purpose either) and just pushed myself to make it up the hill. About half way up, I just wanted to give up, but I thought of Sammy over at Happy Family, Healthy Family and how she was running the same race (in a different State) and she was running twice my distance. I just kept telling myself that Sammy was "running the 8 kms so the least I could do was finish the 4 kms". This seemed to work and finally I made it to the top and the good news is, it was all down hill from there.
I felt great when I saw the 3k sign and I thought "great only 1k to go", but a little later I saw another 3k sign, I was a little deflated and confused, but just kept going. I even managed to pick up some speed and started over taking a few people who I had seen fly past me earlier. It was such a great feeling seeing that finish line up ahead and hearing everyone cheering.
I couldn't see my husband or kids, but he found me a little later, after returning my timing chip and collecting my showbag full of goodies and took a photo of me. He said that I had "run past too fast to get a photo" crossing over the line - I laughed, imagine me running too fast. He also said that he was "very proud" of me.
#3 Run outside - not just on a treadmill
Here are my HRM results for the run :
Sunday, 8 May 2011
- 31.53 mins
- 407 calories
- 178 - avg. HR
- 229 - max. HR
- 2.39 mins in zone
I hope everyone had an amazing Mother's Day!