Good morning, Skinny Friends!
Today's weight...same as last week...135.
(But since the scale tipped up to 136 for a couple of mornings this week, I guess I'm not complaining.)
Ok, so the weight thing is boring. But I am very happy to say that I feel a little stronger in my running today than I did a week ago.
I ran 3 times again this week. Ran 1.2 miles each time, according to mapmyrun.com.
Instead of running to the nearby track (lots of rain this week = mushy muddy path), I ran on sidewalks to the nearby elementary school and back. It was nice to have streetlights in the evening.
Which brings me to a question: AM or PM?
What is the best time of day to run?
Haha - just asking that question, I know the answer:
Whenever you WILL run.
But I have been thinking about this. Some days, I run first thing in the morning. When I do that, I have more energy after I get home, and I seem to get more done during the day. Other days, I run in the evening. When I do that, I have more energy as I'm running; my form is better, I just feel like I'm a better runner, and I enjoy the running a little more.
Does anyone have any advice on this for me?
It was on one of those evenings that I was running this week, enjoying the feel of my body moving, thinking about becoming a runner this year, I decided: IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR A RACE.
Yes, I did it! I signed up for a 5K race in April!
(I found it by going to this website and entering the info for location and type of race.)
After looking through the list on Running World's website, I thought that Running for Risa, on April 23, sounded just right for my first race. (Any of you Portland-area locals want to run it with me?)
Alex and Emily were right when they posted on The Skinny last year about this time and said that signing up for a race helps you stay motivated. So true! Now I feel like I have a motivation to prepare for the race. I need to keep running, adding a little to my distance each week, and I need to address my eating habits, which have backslid into some sloppy tendencies over the holidays.
Now that I've signed up for my very first 5K ever, here are my training goals:
1. Continue running 3x per week. This week I'll be running 1.5 miles on 3 different days.
2. Walk the running distance (1.5 miles...or more...) 2x per week.
3. Track my meals/calories on myfitnesspal.com again. Sigh. I wish I were perfect, and could eat just the right amounts of very healthy foods without having to track what I eat. But I'm not. At least not yet. So in the meantime, I'm just going to be very grateful for quick and easy tools that make it simple to behave myself.
Ok, Skinny Friends, I think that's all for today. I welcome your advice and encouragement, and I'm sending it right back atcha!
The days are getting longer, and spring will be here before we know it.
Whatever your goals are for health and fitness in 2011, you CAN do it!