Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Bowl Weekend

This was a great weekend with lots of friends, but sadly lots of food, too. A friend of ours is moving to North Carolina this week, so we had a going away party Saturday. And of course Sunday was the Super Bowl. Pizza Saturday. Fried chicken and french fries Sunday. I haven't eaten that kind of junk in a while. It tasted so good. But now I've got the guilt going on. Back to diet today. Cereal for breakfast. Small portion of spaghetti and a yogurt for lunch. And I believe Kristin will be making chicken tortilla soup for dinner. I need to make sure not to pick back up on excess snacking. That is the hardest eating habit to kick.

Running went well for me last night. Two and a half miles non-stop; 6.0 mph constant. My best run yet. Then I did some arm and leg workout on the machines. Kristin ran 1.5 miles and also did some weights.

She made a comment this weekend about wanting to try to run the Akron half marathon. She thinks we can be ready by then. The race is in September, so we've got plenty of time to plan and see if we are ready. We would probably need to commit ourselves in July at the latest to make sure we are able to build distance in time for the race.

But in my mind, the first milestone is March 29. There is a 5k in downtown Akron that we will be running. I'm hoping to beat my previous 5k time of 26:16. I don't think it will be a problem. By the time that race rolls around we will have been running for about two and a half months...longer than we had been running before running the Susan G Koman Race for the Cure last September.

Today I received an e-mail from a coworker, Linda, who is a runner. Apparently we have another coworker in Canada that is a running coach on the side. Linda forwarded me some documents from the coach that include a half marathon training guide and a 213 page document with everything you would ever want to know about running -- training programs, shoes, clothing, weather, stretching, running form, nutrition, strength training, race day, mental preparation, the list goes on. I will definitely be reading through this.

We will hit the gym again tonight. I don't know if I have a specific goal in mind for today. This will be the first time that I have run two days in a row. I'm not sure how my body will handle it. I will try for at least two miles of run, but I'm not sure if I will be able to do it without a walk break. Hopefully in the next week or so I will be up to a 5k distance. Then I can start working on building speed over that distance.

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