Friday, December 30, 2011

Get fat for running

Earlier this week I was bitch slapped by a scale at the doctor's office. I thought maybe I put on 7-10 pounds, try more like 15 pounds. It's truly a wonder I can still fit into my jeans. Although a little uncomfortable and tight lately, I can still zip and button them! To rationalize re-gaining weight I worked VERY hard on losing between 2009 and 2010, I'll have to think of my slow down in running as a sacrifice. Either continue to run at the same level on an inflamed tendon to keep the weight off, and risk permanently jacking up my foot, or reduce my mileage, risk gaining a little weight, recover, and continue running until I'm 100 years old (hey, it's possible). Of course I've learned there are other activities I can do to stay in shape, but none are as effective or rewarding to me as running has been. Thanks to Jillian Micheals, it's now a habit for me to work in weekly strength training. Strength is truly a runner's ally. This week I did two, 2 mile runs which is the most I've been able to do in a week without a noticeable increase in pain. I will be registering for the Shamrock Shuffle in March on New Year's Day! I plan to start training the first week of February. Eight weeks of training for a 5 mile race had better whip this 15 pounds into shape!

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