Thursday, January 31, 2013

Back in the Fifties Again

I dropped Weight Watchers a few weeks ago. I was not getting anywhere on it. Logging my food was just too time consuming.

 I do think WW is a great program. But not for an endurance athlete running one plus hour daily. It is more for a sedentary person, who is just trying to hopefully get more active out there.

 Have I changed any of the way I have ate since quitting WW? No. I haven't. I have eliminated my melba toast crackers, one of the few processed/premade foods I snacked on daily.

 Now I have been eating homemade beef or venison jerky for the saltiness that I crave.

 I stepped on the scale this morning and was ecstatic to see 159.5.  FINALLY back to the 50's again. I gained about five extra pounds during my ugly August, and have finally gotten them back off. Which still leaves 10 pounds-actually 9.5 pounds-to still lose. I am never going to be one of those skinny runner chicks, and I am good with that.
Run for Regis pic, NOT today!

Today was my long run of the week, a 15 miler.  I had been looking forward to hitting trails, but with all the rain we've had the last two days, I knew that would be pure mud.  So I cobbled a route around the neighborhood here, but it only came up to about 12 miles.

This was a very difficult run.  The wind was sustained.  It blew and blew.  I was wearing tights, then my wind pants over them.  A wool shirt, and my eVent Jacket over that.  A breathing mask and a merino wool Buff on my head.  Gloves and my $30 dollar windbreaker mittens over them.

I felt like I weighed 200 lbs for the first 4 miles of this run.  (Which was kind of interesting, as I weighed less this morning than I have in months..)  I felt slow, but I really wasn't when I glanced at the Garmin.

The wind was kicking my butt. Depending on what direction I was going, sometimes it was full force against me, or sidewise.  I did kind of "warm up" around mile 6 or 7 and felt like I was having a decent run.  But I started to stiffen up, both my back and hamstrings. I think that was due to the wind, and I was bracing against it.


So, only 12 miles.  I couldn't face doing an out-and-back in this weather.  It was an okay run, I'm glad I garbed up and got out there.  Several hours later, my back is very stiff, and I am sure that is due to the run.

I've already forgotten about those balmy runs (in 65 and 58 degrees) of Tuesday and Wednesday..


  1. Oh hey, we are about the same weight!
    Blah on this cold weather! I actually prefer to run in the cold but not as cold as it has been! You are a trooper for running the roads in it that wind!

  2. Congrats on the weightloss. Your run sounds epic. Wind is the WORST. You inspire me with your tenacity!


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