Saturday, December 1, 2012
Today's run with Runners Edge of the Rockies started with 50 degree temperatures! But yet still there were discussions concerning whether a live or artificial tree was preferred...Colorado's weather is just crazy...and I'm not complaining. I prefer a live tree but I think I'll stick to some poinsettias this year.
It's been a long time since I last posted. Happy Trails inspired me to post today. I was so happy to see their update! And inspired by Kathleen's resilience and optimism.
I started a new job on October 1st. And I spent all summer long enduring a long hiring process. So that's what has been keeping me busy. This is a dream job and it has been challenging and absolutely wonderful. It requires a bit of travel so that has been a huge adjustment when it comes to fitting in runs and other workouts as well as eating healthy. I got quite a bit off track, although I am happy to report that I am slowly getting back on track. I was actually eating meals at Burger King, Subway and convenience stores. And when I wasn't eating fast food, I was eating a lot of meals out with too much alcohol. WHAT THE HECK? This only caused a lack of motivation to be active and compounded the normal stress one experiences in a new job.
I just finished an entire week of no processed foods and viola by body and mind is happy. Priceless. And as a bonus, I dropped 4.0 pounds in this past week without ever feeling hungry and without counting calories. The importance of food just can't be underestimated when it comes to our overall well-being. My meals this past week have included a lot of green monsters, eggs, squash, spinach, zucchini, kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, coconut oil, made-by-me bison meatloaf, chicken, apples, blueberries, walnuts, almonds, pecans, yogurt, parmesan and blue cheeses and dark chocolate. It's a relief to be back on track.
Over the summer I turned myself over to a friend to help my running. She has been patient especailly when I have not. And what might be counterintuitive, we went to a walk/run at predetermined distance intervals, gradually increasing the run distance and shortening the walk distance. It has been a slow mind-numbing process but guess what? I'm getting faster. I have to remind myself of this when my patience runs thin and I want to ditch the walk breaks. While I won't PR at my next race (Tucson Half next weekend), I will beat my time of my last half and I do think I can manage my race better and negative split. Stay tuned!