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Friday, September 5, 2014

Fitness Friday: Half Marathon Countdown

Only a week left until Sarah and I head to Virginia for the Run Like a Diva half marathon in DC wine country. Now, if we could only keep ourselves together until then...

Between my ankle and cardiologist appointment and Sarah trying to figure out pain in her foot, we are a sight to see. We may be hobbling across that finish line, but damn it - I'm crossing it!! Truth be told, my ankle is feeling much better than it was. A brace, rest, and ice has been doing wonders, but I know I could be wearing much more supportive shoes during the day. Going from expensive running shoes to crappy flip flops isn't doing me any favors. But where to find supportive work shoes that aren't completely fugly?

So here is my plan for this last week before the big day...

  • Step 1: Don't eff up my ankle anymore than I already have. 
  • Step 2: Try a short run this weekend (4-5 miles). 
  • Step 3: Put on my pretty sparkly pink Jamberry nails to celebrate my inner running diva.
  • Step 4: Walk a few times next week.
  • Step 5: Go to my cardiologist appointment on Wednesday and PRAY that I'm allowed to run on Saturday. 
I'm not going to lie; I'm nervous. If the doctor says I can't run, I'm going to be crushed. It's totally a first world problem, but I've been working hard on this. I can't lose it at zero hour. Will their be other races? Of course, but THIS was going to be my first half. Hopefully, first of many. 

Aside from running, I'm still trying to figure out this whole weight loss thing. ::sigh:: I know I'm getting in shape, heck - I ran 10 miles the other day! But I'm not really losing any weight. My diet is so, so (I honestly don't think I eat *enough* for what I'm doing), but not so bad that I should be teetering at the same 2-3 lbs for months. Since I know it's not all about the scale, I've been keeping track of my measurements.

Back in May, I shared my stats...

Weight: 160 lbs.
Bust: 42"
Waist: 39"
Hips: 42"
Thigh: 23.5"
Arm: 13"

And now, 3 1/2 months later, this is what I'm working with...

Weight: 156.8  (-3.2 lbs)
Bust: 42"  (0)
Waist: 38"  (-1")
Hips: 41"  (-1")
Thigh: 21"  (-2.5")
Arm: 12"  (-1")

I know there is a difference and I can feel the difference (especially in my legs!) but damn. I thought the scale would be moving a bit more than that. "Oh, but muscle weighs more than fat..." That's not technically true. A pound is a pound is a pound. Sure, I've lost inches, but I still weigh and look nearly the same. It's okay, I can take it - I still have a good 20 lbs to lose. It's fine. I'll get there!

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