My biggest accomplishment over the last few weeks is that I am more consistent. I’m not completely consistent, but mostly consistent. Is that even possible? I’m doing about 85% of the workouts I intend to do, which is way higher than the 25% I was running on for a while.
The biggest difference is that my body is feeling pretty good. My knee was really sore last week after a long bike and then a run the next day, which freaked me out. So I rested, stretched, and foam rolled. It felt better and my run yesterday was the best run I’ve had in 3 years. I felt strong and steady, just want I need 4 weeks out from a Half Ironman. I’m not sure I will be able to run the whole half marathon, but I’ll have a much better chance.
What has caused my body to feel better is a combination of many things:
- I am eating better! Healthier foods, very little junk food, breakfast everyday, more veggies and whole grains.
- I’ve lost some weight. For someone who is 4’11” 5 pounds is a lot. I’ve lost 5 pounds since May and 1o since February. Right now I’m below 135, which is a great feat for me at this point in my life considering what I’ve gone through and the forces set against me (especially age and medication).
- Consistent sleep patterns. I sleep a lot. Like, a lot. I’ve always needed a solid 8 hours and now I really have to work at not sleeping too much. The last month or so I’ve been trying to go to bed and get up at the same time. I’ve been fairly successful and it feels pretty good. It gets easier every day.
- I made training buddy friends. In a small town it is tough to find the motivation from others, but I have been really lucky to find some awesome folks to keep me going. My buddy in the town where I work has been great at getting me out on my bike. My buddies in town, as sporadic as we are, help to get me out and moving in the morning.
It really does feel good to be a bit more on track. Each week I kind of set out some goals that I want to meet. Last week they were to stretch lots, work out when it feels good, and take it easy. I did that! It was great. This week I have loftier goals. I joined a group for a week-long online support group. I made these goals: