Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Renegade Coyote

Last week was a pretty great training week. I hit all my workouts hard and I had a lot of fun.

The numbers:
Riding: 121 miles
Running: 32 miles
Weight Training: 5 hours

Plus some walking and stretching and foot exercises for 21+ hours. Whew, I'm tired just thinking about that. I need a nap!

I had to push my Thursday run to Friday because of some major DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from Tuesday night's leg workout with Phil. It was a killer butt & leg workout but I really needed it. We've found that my left leg is a lot weaker than the right leg so we are working to balance the two. The plus side of killer leg workouts is less soreness after long runs, like Sunday's 14 miler. Score!

In other news...

Look...it's me running! LOL, not really. I don't run barefoot (though I should try to go more minimal again). No, I feel free because I shed even more toxic waste from my life. And I've gone renegade coyote. I'm on my own now. I thought I would feel sad about it but surprisingly, I'm not. I feel free and like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was talking to a Twitter friend this weekend about training and stress and how it can affect us. When your mind is heavy, it affects all areas of your life - training, sleep, health, and eating (for me). Shed the toxicity if you can people! It's not always easy, but it is worth it. Your shoulders and your mind will thank you for it.

Oh...part of feeling lighter is because I lost another 4.6 pounds! Woo! I am now no longer Moderately Obese (per BMI). Now I'm just overweight. :-/ LOL. Still not good, eh? I am at 183.4 lbs and need to lose another 16ish lbs to be considered "normal". Normal is boring, right? Right.

BUT...being normal when it comes to weight is MUCH better than being overweight. Because overweight means your chances of cancer increase. I'm already at an increased risk for breast cancer because of having ovarian cancer. I don't need to up that risk and that's why I'm so determined and focused to lose the weight I gained the past year.

The side benefit is that I'm able to fit into my old clothes again! The size 10s are fitting again! Hello cute skirts (both running and work) and dresses! Oh, how I've missed you. :)

This week is another killer week and I'm running a 10K on Sunday but then I get a rest week. I'm really looking forward to it. Rest is good. I have to keep reminding myself of that.

Thanks for reading!