I just went out and ran a beautiful 3 miles in the rain. I didn't realize it was raining when I set out, but it was, and it was very pleasant. I really hit it hard today and I feel really good about my times. The first mile, which is straight uphill and took me 16 minutes on Sunday, I got done today in 14:28! I was thrilled with that. So thrilled, that as I got to the top of the hill and checked my time, I threw my arms in the air in a celebratory gesture and my iPod went flying! I lost a few seconds retrieving that, and I am sure I looked pretty silly, but I don't care.
So, that is a bit of a segue into what I want to talk about. I guess I want to talk about what I am not talking about. Weight. I weigh a lot. I am not going to tell you how much. I have done all the telling and waiting to tell you all about how much I have lost, and trying to "motivate" myself by shame about the way I look and the numbers on the scale. Those days are over. I used to weigh over 200 lbs. I used to be very heavy. I started running when I weighed that much. The weight fell off for a while. Then it stopped falling off.
I wear a size 12. I used to barely squeeze into a size 16. I am happy with a size 12. I am happy with the way I look. I am ecstatic to be a healthy 55 year old woman. I have recently had a bunch of blood work done. All of my lipids are good. My cholesterol is good. My triglycerides are good for the first time in my entire life. My resting heart rate is 58. My blood pressure is 100/70. I am a healthy and fit woman! What more could I want than that?
I could focus on the fact that I have a belly, I am not stick-thin, I don't run "fast", or probably even "run" at all by some definitions. But I am thrilled as can be that I look good at my age, I feel healthy and happy and I can sit around and ponder what races I am going to do and what my times might be like. I can be very very happy about that.
I think I have been confusing in my ponderings about races. I am registered for the Tri for the Cure on August 5. I was also considering doing the Danskin triathlon on July 15, but decided not to do it. I will start training for the Denver Marathon as soon as I am done with the Tri.
Have a great day everyone!