Tuesday, September 16, 2008

147.8 - Race-aversary

I finally got in a run yesterday. 3 miles in lovely weather--70, cloudy, breezy. I love this time of year.

Today is my 1 year race-aversary. Pokey celebrated her 2 year race-aversary earlier this month, and it made me take note that my race-aversary would be September 16th. Last year I ran my first 5k, and it was one of the best experiences of my adult life.

It was a Komen Race for the Cure 5k, so it was packed. Over 10,000 people were there that morning. It's a mostly walkers race, so I felt good about being a slow runner. And I felt good being around the amazing energy that comes from thousands of folks celebrating life.

This Sunday I'll be running the Race for the Cure again. I'm part of a team this year--Stephanie's Soldiers--supporting a friend's friend who is only a few years older than me who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year. She's making it so far, and I think has just finished with her last bout of chemo. Anyway, it's not just about me this year, I guess is what I'm trying to say.

But today, it's my race-aversary and I'm just thrilled with how far I've come running wise. How happy I am that I have maintained my weight loss for almost a year, and am even back on track toward my original goal of 145.

Just like Pokey, running has changed my life. I feel so blessed to have made it this far. Thank you for being there with me on this journey.

Edit: Today is carb up day on my crack diet. This morning I had grits* & a protein shake. I felt fine. Had a snack of 2% cottage cheese & mandarin oranges* in mid morning. Had a normal lunch of protein & salad. And about an hour ago I had my first carb up snack of chex mix & one No Pudge brownie. I measured out a serving of chex mix this morning so I knew I wouldn't be eating too much. The total calories of this afternoon's snack was 290 calories.

I enjoyed the eating thoroughly, especially the No Pudge brownie (holy no-fat goodness, batman). But now? I feel awful! I'm getting sleepy, I feel bloated, and I feel like my energy has gone down.

Freaking refined carbohydrates are staging a coup on my body. And I was in total denial this was going to happen.

The book has a Carb Up day plan for diabetics or carb sensitive people. I may be following that instead. I don't like feeling like this.

I suppose, all in all, that's a very good thing.

*Grits & fruit are not allowed on baseline or carb down days right now, so they were special treats today.


MCM Mama said...

Congratulations on your race-aversary! Keep up the good work!

Vickie said...

you might have coined a new word.

I googled blog-aversary and had multiple hits.

I googled Race-aversary and had none.

congrats on the one year mark!!!

ws said...

Komen is such a great race...I'm looking forward to running it again in January. Races in mid-September wouldn't be much fun here in South Florida.

Good luck with your race this weekend.

MizFit said...

what a GREAT word.


a woman who is coming up on her 39th yearaversary of never running a race. must.change.this.

Vickie said...

curious to know what they DO suggest for 'diabetics or carb sensitive people'.

I think the stage where you are now is where I learned the dessert like qualities of warmed fruit*** with plain lf yogurt on top.

***This is when I started buying flash frozer fruit from Gordon's. I think that their tart cherries (warmed) with lf plain yogurt was my GO TO for a long time.

What happens (at least to me, and then in turn my family) is that your taste buds totally convert and you find new pleasure in REAL food. So certain types of the REAL start to taste like treats or special to you.

I was not sure that you had been OFF long enough that it was going to hit you - this is what I call being A-salted (assaulted) by food.

And you do have to be careful - because the body is weird about this - on one hand it makes you sick - but the artificial stuff that is in processed can LURE at the same time it makes you sick - it is like a chemical reaction.

The trick is to stay with the WHOLE foods (as close to their natural state as possible) and let your body adjust.

Jill said...

I love me some grits!!! mmm...grits.

I am amazed at how far you have come in just one year!! Amazed in the sense that I still can barely run for 2 mintues without wanting to die. But here you are running half marathons - that really is awesome!!

Congrats on your raceaversay!!!

G.G. said...

Mmmm . . . . grits. That just warms my little Southern heart:-)

That "bleech" refined carb reaction is really something, isn't it? Makes me wonder why I do it to myself, every time I slip.

Marcy said...

HAPPY RACE-AVERSARY!!! You've come SOOOO far chica! So far! ;D