Ok, I hit my goal… so what’s next?
If you have been following the blog at all, you know that I had set up a challenge to weigh less than 200 pounds by 2013. I hit my goal early, and was under the mark by December 1. Which is great… but did I survive the cruise/Christmas/cookies/Kahlua cake challenge and still manage to ring in the new year in the ones?
Well, thanks to a new pair of running shoes, a lot of time on the treadmill,a New Years Eve 5K and the glorious It Works! Fat Fighters and Greens… I did. Barely… but I did. So I promised you that I’d lay off the scale obsession, once I hit that challenge. And I (mostly) have, but I need something to keep me motivated, otherwise I start to get too comfortable and slip back into old habits. So after a very poor night’s sleep this past Thursday night, I woke up at 5:00 Friday am and registered for a 5k which was happening 48 hours later AND a 10k in April!
10K!!! ACK! I’ve never even run an 8K… (or 7 k for that matter… I maybe ran 6 once by accident?!?) But hey, there was a period of time (a 34 year long period of time) when I thought I would never run a mile without stopping, much less 3, so what’s 3 more!?! (I’ll let you know that answer on April 14th, when I may or may not be writing to you from a hospital bed… after attempting this).
Lot’s of people say things like, it’s fine, just walk if you have to… but for some reason, I feel like if I am going to do this, I want to really do it and be able to say, yes, I RAN a 10k. I know there are a lot of people who love to run. Many find it therapeutic, saying it helps them clear their head, they can lose themselves in the run… that’s NOT me. I feel every step. I live for the mile marker to show me I am that much closer to being done. It’s not the run I love, it’s the feeling of accomplishment at the end. It’s accepting a challenge, and beating it, and THAT is what I am hooked on. I love the races. The atmosphere, the camaraderie,the bib with my name on it, the banana and bottle of water at the end (and apparently I’ll do anything for a long sleeve t-shirt) so I’m pushing further.
Do I see marathons in my future? No. First of all, I’m not a good runner. I just took over 3 minutes off of my best 5K time at the race on Sunday, which brought me down to a 33:06… not exactly breaking the land speed record here. But even beyond that, I just don’t have the time available to train for it. Heck, I can’t even manage to get the pictures from Christmas posted on our family website… (just ask my mother in law about that one!) but mostly, it’s just not a bucket list item for me. I truly do not have the desire to do it.
So why push to a 10K? Two reasons. #1, I love the triathlons I did last year. I participated in 3 sprint tris and as you may have read, I slapped the “TRI” magnet on my jeep before I even took a sip of post race Gatorade… but I can’t help but think of them as “Little Triathlons” as my dad called it after my first one. Now for a girl who not so long ago was awfully close to 300 pounds, even a “little triathlon” is pretty damn impressive, but I’d love to do the next level… the Olympic Distance Tri, which ends with a 10K.
Here’s the general breakdown: Sprint Tri: 750 metres (0.47 mi) swim, 20 kilometres (12 mi) cycling, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) run; Intermediate (or Standard) distance, commonly referred to as “Olympic distance” (1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) swim, 40 kilometres (25 mi) bike, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) run.
So that’s the next level. Honestly, I haven’t done any swimming training since last summer, so I am WAY behind on that, and the biking, well, I blew a tire in Sept… it’s still hanging limply in my garage. Clearly, I have my work cut out for me. But the running is what intimidates me the most, so that’s my step one.
I also have agreed to take on a Super Spartan challenge with a friend of mine who is completely bad-ass at the end of the summer, so CLEARLY I need to step it up over the next 7 months, so that she doesn’t have to finish the race with me thrown over her shoulder! The pressure is ON!
So those are the upcoming challenges and goals. Hopefully they will keep me going so I can continue to push forward in this journey… Who else has a new challenge they have set for themselves? Comment and share!!! I’d love to be able to cheer for you on your journey!