I’m doing a half marathon!

I’m walking it – because to be honest, I think running is for suckers.  Okay, I’m mostly kidding about that, running friends – mostly.  But it’s definitely not for me.

However, I was perusing Target one day, in the fitness section looking at yoga mats and saw this fitbook in the store and ended up purchasing it.  I’d been having trouble tracking my food regularly, and thought having a paper version might help. 1 The basis of this book, is that it is a 12 week (one quarter of a year, almost) system.  You put together your goals and your fitness plan for 12 weeks, and track it every day and every week to completion.

I was then on the hunt for a 12 week fitness program.  I have done several 5ks and I like the races, so I first looked at Hal Higdon’s 5k walking training program, but that was only 8 weeks long. Unacceptable. Then, I noticed his half marathon walking training program, which was exactly 12 weeks!  Perfect – sign me up!

The next day, I calculated when 12 weeks from Monday (the start of the training) was: August 3rd.  I then searched the interwebs to see if there was a half marathon that weekend.  Turns out, there is a Biggest Loser run/walk half marathon and the course time limit is 5 hours.  I’m not really a big fan of the Biggest Loser, because I think it’s a totally unhealthy program, but all the other half marathons around then were 3.5 hour course limits and so off I went to sign up for this one.

I’m in week 9, and completed an 8 mile walk last Sunday.  Other than walking to Bong State Rec Area when I was a camp counselor, I don’t think I’ve walked that long consistently at one time.  But it helps when the view looks like this:

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So, this week, 3 more weeks and then half marathon here I come!

 

 

1 It didn’t really help, by the way – I used it for a while, but the shine has worn off.  But, it got me motivated to do this plan, so it’s $20 well spent!

Can someone please locate my immune system, stat?

I don’t really have the energy for a full on blog post today, as I’ve been feeling kind of run down for the last couple weeks.  It doesn’t help that I’ve been making poor food choices, either.  I tend to do that when I feel sick, which starts a downward spiral.  When I’m sick, I want comfort and someone to take care of me.  My mother lives 500 miles away and I don’t expect her to travel here at the drop of the hat when I’m under the weather [but if she wants to, that’s fine – hi mom!].  Add to that, the fact that I am then feeling lazy and don’t want to cook and you get a lot of takeout meals that are in no way paleo.

Mac and cheese and all its gluten-y goodness is like mainlining seratonin.   So, I do literally feel great while I’m eating … and all of about 5 minutes afterwards.   And then the dairy make me more stuffy and i get headache-y from the gluten, and then I feel WORSE.  And I still want someone to take care of me and be comforted, and the whole cycle starts again.

This is always my issue – and eventually I get tired of feeling so crappy that I just get back on the good food horse and carry on.

But I won’t lie to you – I’m debating starting the potato hack for the next several days, just so food is a) easy, b) a no-brainer, and c) comforting.  Potatoes have a 323% satisfaction rating (as compared to white bread)!  And homemade french fries, what’s more comforting than that?