We are headed into the last 3rd of the year and I decided to post an update on my progress since January. After the Key West Half I knew I needed to change. I wasn’t happy and part of it was because I did so poorly at the race and part of it was a slump I had been feeling for quite awhile. I left Key West with a sense of renewal and motivation to make the changes in my life that were going to make me happy. Change is never easy and lucky for me I was starting an 8-week Body Back Transformation the day after I returned from Key West.
That first set of measurements on January 17, 2017 were quite disturbing and extremely eye opening. This was literally the heaviest I had ever been in my life, with the exception of my second pregnancy and I was only six pounds away from that weight. Sometimes we bury our head in the sand and see what we want to see, which is exactly what I had been doing. Unfortunately, unless you are ready to change, nothing will change. For many reasons my trip to Key West was the turning point, maybe it was turning 39 or maybe it was running a 2 hour and 30 minute half (my second slowest ever) or maybe it was that I could clearly see I was at a point in my life where I didn’t want to stay. Regardless of the actually catalyst after Key West I did change and I have the pictures to prove it!
I consider January to March the weight loss period. March to September the muscle building period. September to January is the “let’s see what I can actually do now” period.
Measurements don’t lie and these tell quite a story:
I do want to point out it is not all about how I look or how I measure. I feel better than I have in a very long time, plus I have made gains in both my strength and endurance:
Focus on progress not perfection. I am far from perfect, but I have made an enormous amount of progress since January and it definitely shows in my running. January was the @key_west_half_marathon , June was the #Echohalfmarathon & July was the @thesfmarathon I am looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in Cocoa Beach and Naples! ……. #garminrunning #beunstoppable #progressnotperfection #training #cocoabeachhalfmarathon #runchat #sweatpink #fitfluential #tattooedrunner
I am running better than I have in over 6 years, possibly the best I have run in my entire life and with all honesty it was a side effect of my other health accomplishments. From mid February to April I was not running due to a badly strained calf. During this time off of running I continued to weight train, kickbox, bike and rollerblade and when I did make my comeback at the TPA Airport 5K I was amazed at my speed.
I only trained 8 weeks for the Echo Half Marathon in June and this training was all about just building my mileage. I did not train at all for speed and my goal for this race was a conservative 2:15. I hadn’t run an under 2 hour half since 2011 and was pretty amazed that I accomplished it at Echo.
San Francisco in July was another shocker. I did add in hill training for San Francisco, but hill training in my neighborhood in Florida consists of running over an overpass. With San Francisco being the last day of my vacation and much hillier than I was used to I didn’t set any goals, but secretly I was hoping for under 2 hours again. Much to my surprise I came in well under two, missing my PR by a mere 19 seconds.
I originally blamed the Florida heat on my slower paces and lack of performance with running, but I really needed to blame myself. These issues obviously were not a result of the heat, they were a result of an out of shape individual who had quite a few pounds to lose. Sometimes we want to blame everyone and everything else for our lack of achievments, when in all reality we need to take a good look at ourselves.
What a difference a year makes:
Facebook has been showing me what I looked like and how I performed a year ago. It is crazy how we lie to ourselves. I told myself I was in great shape a year ago, I was training for the NYC marathon for god’s sake. Clearly, I was not in good shape and clearly I was telling myself some serious lies. Thanks Facebook for showing me the error of my ways…….
The last third of this year I plan to focus on progressing even more. I have a big goal for January, a 1:45 half at Naples. I now have the confidence in myself and the will to accomplish this goal. I plan to tighten up my diet, decrease my alcohol consumption and work my ass off for it. I am going to give it my all! Whatever the outcome is on that day I will know I did everything I possibly could to chase this goal and make it a reality. In the end that is all that matters.
I am striving for progress not perfection, because honestly, no one is perfect.