Sunday, December 6, 2009

To race or not to race? A 10k is the question!

Today went great! Sunday dinner was excellent, heavy on the veggies. I took the advice of a good friend who sent me a text at 7:45 this morning. It said, “Remember, only one plate. Never take seconds.” At mealtime, I gave myself and appropriate serving of everything, minus the gravy and roll. I felt very satisfied afterwards even though I ate less than half of what I usually do for Sunday dinner…let alone a “Fast-Sunday” dinner.
I was tempted to jump on the scale this morning to see how things are going but I have decided to only weigh myself once a week (Friday). I think that is the best way to forge a great relationship between me and the bathroom scale. Anything more than that seems a bit obsessive.
Another friend of mine called and said she gains a sense of commitment by entering a race that is a few months away. It gives her a goal to shoot for as she builds herself up to make a strong finish in the race. One of the races she is suggesting is a team relay where each person runs a short leg of a very long route. That one scares the crap out of me because my being able to run it fast or slow…or even run it at all, will affect the whole team. But on the other hand, it sounds like good motivation to keep up with the recommended training schedule. What do you think? Maybe I could get a good enough feeling of commitment from signing up for regular race? I guess I need to get off my butt and hit the pavement either way.
Thanks again for reading. Please let me know how you are doing with your goals as well.


  1. That is a good question..... Well if I were you I would start running; and then see how the body feels after doing that for a little while.. A 10K is a good thing to work towards! Good luck!

  2. if you want to run a team race i'll run with you. It would be good motivation for me to start running more again. Keep up the good work.

  3. Mel, that's great advice. Thanks.
    Ryan, do you know of any local races that are comming up?

  4. Is it safe to run that much when you haven't been doing it? I'd probably work up to it if it were me. Swimming is a great exercise to start with because it isn't stressful on your joints while you still have the weight on. It increases your stamina and is a great workout without being damaging.

  5. Do it! Be sure you have time to train, even a mile when you haven't run much can be brutal. But totally do it. I've done a couple 5Ks and although my times weren't fabulous, I was so dang proud of myself. It's a huge boost for fitness when you see what you can do when you're in shape. Good luck.

  6. Thanks for posting you guys.

    Very true Rachel. I think I will start walking at first and when I feel strong enough, I'll pick up the pace.

    Josi, I'm thinking a 5k sounds about right. I'll bet by spring I can do one. I like the idea of not shooting for a winning time, just finishing would be great for me at this point in my life.