Run, run, run
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm deep in the middle of week 2 of marathon training; only 16 to go! It sounds like a lot, but could go really quickly. Since I'm a teacher, I tend to think of summer vacation as downhill from the 4th of July. Thankfully my hardest 6 weeks of training is after school starts. Hopefully it will be cooler then, when I need to do my 20 milers.
Anyway, I'm starting to take an attitude that I need to focus on body fat percentage and my running, instead of losing weight. I have been at or near this weight for about 3 years, regardless of how much/little I eat and how much/little I exercise. So, maybe this is where I am supposed to be. If I lower my body fat percentage, my body proportions will be better.
You see, I have a 27-inch waist, with 39 inch hips, so I'm not very well proportioned. I have trouble buying pants and straight skirts because in order for them to accomodate the junk in the trunk that I can't seem to get rid of, the waist is way too big.
The point I'm trying to make is that I let myself get way too obsessed with that number on the scale, not how I look or feel. Mentally, I need to weigh less, or accept where I am and be happy with it. I'm just tired of always being on a diet of some kind.
This marathon will basically make my training be "year-round" because I started training for the Flying Pig on New Year's eve. So, I trained for the first 18 weeks of the year, took 6 weeks off, and am in another 18-week training session. After the Columbus race, I'm doing a 10k on Thanksgiving, then maintaining my conditioning to train for the Flying Pig again.
Everyone says it's really hard to lose weight during marathon training, so maybe I should just focus on my training, since it seems like I'm always doing it! I mean, I don't want to stop running to lose weight!