Monday, March 26, 2007

Busy, busy, busy...

Well, it's been awhile since I've updated my blog. I just got back from another business trip. Speaking of that, in preparing for my trip, I realized how running has become so much a part of my daily routine. When packing for the trip, it was automatic for me to include my running shoes and enough gym clothes for the week. When on the road, I don't have to feel guilty that the family is at home waiting for me, so I tend to run more often.

This trip instead of doing my usual 4-6-4 during the week, I ran a daily 5K, in preparation for the Carlsbad 5000 this weekend. I haven't run a 5K since November when I ran the Dana Point Turkey Trot (31:52). Since then, I've focused on distance runs participating in two half-marathons and training for my first marathon (which has been going really well lately). I am currently up to, and routinely been running, a 10 mile long run on the weekends. And after this weekend, I'll begin gradual increases to my long run to prepare myself for the Rock n Roll Marathon in San Diego on June 3rd. I think my speed and endurance have improved and I am anxious to see my results this weekend. My goal for the Carslbad 5000 is to come in under 30 mins. Wish me luck.

Sunday, March 4, 2007


As you may or may not know, my new found insanity for running was developed when I hit my first plateau back in September of last year. Everyone knows that during a long-term weight loss program, you are going to hit the wall every once in a while. However, it starts to get really frustrating when that wall is two months long.

In my first 12 months I averaged a weight loss of over 1.5 pounds a week. But since January, my one year anniversary, I have averaged a weight loss of ZERO pounds a week. Yes, you read that correctly, a big fat ZERO!

What makes this especially frustrating is that during this time I have continued training for my first marathon and reintroduced myself to the weight room (something I haven't done since I quit playing semipro football almost four years ago when my second daughter, Paige, was born.). My workouts these days are much different. I'm more focused on toning my core (back, shoulders and abs) where in the past I did nothing but meat-head workouts.

When you have an ultimate weight loss goal, you always want to see your progress at the scale. In the back of my mind, I know that I am doing good for myself even though the scale is telling me the same story week in and week out. But finally, this Friday, the scale showed me a glimpse of hope that the fruits of my labor are stating to pay off. A 5 pound drop on the scale. Hopefully, I have gotten over this wall.