I am so nervous and excited, I can hardly contain myself. Friday is the day. The day I get to start running again. Now, obviously, I won’t be able to pick up where I left off (18-miler), but I will be able to feel the wind on my face again as I stride across the asphalt, ponytail swinging. I’m nervous about my shins, though. They were sore yesterday but I think it’s just the muscles – I did some shin-muscles exercises on Sunday night while I was brushing my teeth (heel walking and toe scrunches). I don’t think it was from Sunday’s walk.
And actually, it took all my will-power not to run on Sunday as Bennie and I set out for a 1.5-mile walk. (Disclaimer: Okay, I did run, but just for a few feet to get off the portion of the road where the bike lane narrows to near-non-existence. But I had a huge grin on my face with Bennie leaping and jumping next to me.) Bennie gets so excited to go for walks, bucking and spinning, but he is surprisingly good on a leash once we get going. Sometimes he pulls, but all I have to do is make kissy noises and he circles back.
We ended up going a little farther than planned: 1.89 miles in 32 minutes. Oops. I just didn’t want to stop. I thought Bennie was tired, too, but when we got home, he still wanted to play.
On Monday, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself as I read exciting Facebook updates from local bloggy friends, Jill (who PR’d by 8 minutes), Mel (who paced Jill) and Amanda. I know Zoë was feeling it, too. Luckily, I got some bloggy-friend-face-time with Zoë, Amanda and Mel at lunch on Tuesday to prepare for visitors and race-day scheduling for the You Go Girl Half and 10K on Sept. 26. It’s going to be quite the fun weekend.
Cute preggy-runner Zoë and I are going to run/walk the 10K, and Mel, Jill, TMB and Katye, and lots of other bloggers I have yet to meet, will be running the half. My friend Jamie, who just ran her first half at Disneyland (and “shut. it. down.” – thank you Rachel Zoe for that one – with a speedy 2:33), and local bloggy buddy Alma, are running the 10K I think. Am I missing anyone? Who else is going to be there?
SUMMER OF WEIGHT LOSS
I had good eating habits last week and I lost 1.5 pounds. I’m very close to being in the 150s and am thrilled with that. Hopefully, I can knock off a couple more pounds before the Summer of Weight Loss ends on Sept. 22.
I did not get off to a good start this week because of the beer-drinking on Saturday, the first day of college football. My poor Cougars were slaughtered. And, we took a road-trip to Westport (the coast) on Friday. We packed snacks (pretzels and Nutter Butters, healthy-snack-fail) for a fun day at the beach, which did not happen. Why? See for yourself.
Anyway, so I am a little worried about this week. I don’t know why, but I made oatmeal cookies over the weekend and now I’m eating them all. Argh. I’m low on extra Weight Watchers points, so I have to be good. Crossing my fingers for a successful weigh-in on Friday.
Oh, and if we’re friends on DailyMile, you might’ve seen my post about my walk last night. It went a little something like this: “I was in a down mood after work today so I thought a walk would help me, plus get some energy out of the puppy and be fun for Karsen. It was actually going OK at first with the dog and the BOB — I was really surprised — until the last .14 of a mile when Bennie had stinky, soupy poop all over the road and I could hardly scoop any of it into a plastic Safeway bag and Karsen kept asking over and over again from the stroller, ‘Watcha doin’ Mommy? Watcha doin’?’ even though I’d already answered him six times. Oh, and Bennie did this when two people were walking by. Couldn’t of done it the three times I stopped in a nice weedy area for him. Nope – had to do it front and center on the main road where people were present and, I’m sure, annoyed that I didn’t get all the crap. Argh. PLUS, I wanted to work out this morning before work (4:30) but had a mini-insomnia moment last night and couldn’t fall asleep till almost 11. Bad day for exercise, I guess.”
That’s all I’m gonna say about yesterday’s walk (1.14 miles in 21 minutes). I may try it again tonight. Maybe it’ll go better.