It is SO hard to get a 100% on my ActiveLink on the days that I don't run. Yesterday was my rest day, and it was thunder storming, so I didn't go out for a walk. I did run a few errands and clean around the house, so I was being fairly active.
Then last night, at around 7:00, I saw that I had just barely reached my baseline (the point at which I've accomplished the required amount of activity for the day, when I can start earning PointsPlus for activity beyond that).
I was just going to forget about earning any PointsPlus yesterday, but Jerry said, "Want to do the Wii Fit?" And for some reason, I said sure. When I got on the balance board, it said I had lost 20 pounds since the last time I used it, which was fun to see. I did the marching band game first, which is my favorite.
Then I did the biking game, where you have to "bike" around the island and collect flags. I did the "expert" course, and had to find 20 flags. (If you're not familiar with the biking on the Wii, you just step in place on the balance board, which pedals the bike on the screen). It took much longer than I thought it would to find all the flags, and I wanted to quit, but I hated to leave the game without accomplishing getting all the flags!
Well, 59 minutes and lots of frustrated curses later, I finally got all the flags. And it had the nerve to call me a "Shortcut Novice", hahaha.
Even after that, I'd only earned 3 PP. My calves were a little sore from doing that!
This morning, I planned to run outside, but when I got up, it was pouring rain. I was going to run on the treadmill after getting the kids ready for school, but then the rain stopped, so I was able to run outside after all. As soon as I got outside, I noticed it was really windy, and I almost went back inside to drool over Jax while I ran on the treadmill, but I knew I should stick it out.
My hope was to just get in one good, fairly fast run as a confidence booster for my race on Saturday. I wanted to try and match my "happy" pace on the treadmill (8:20/mi). On the way out (out and back route), I felt great. Other than a few big gusts, the wind wasn't too bad. It didn't occur to me that it felt easy because I had a tail wind the whole way out! Duh.
When I turned around, the wind took my breath away for a minute. I was giving it the same effort as before, but my pace slowed and it was HARD. Mile three was definitely the hardest. Mile four was pretty rough for the first half, but then the last little bit wasn't bad, and I picked up the pace to finish strong.
It's interesting to see the change in pace from mile two to mile three, even though my heart rate stayed exactly the same. When I was running with the wind, my pace was 8:14; when I turned around, my pace was 8:28, but I was using the same amount of effort. Wind resistance definitely plays a big part in my pace!
I wish I could say that this was a confidence-booster run, but it felt really tough! Tomorrow is my usual long run day, but since I'm running a half-marathon on Saturday, I'm taking a rest day tomorrow. So this was my last run before my goal race. The weather isn't looking too good for Saturday--I really hope it's not going to rain! The race posted this on Facebook:
I had to go weigh in at Weight Watchers today. I haven't been going to the meetings at all since the issue with the receptionists. Because I'm a Lifetime Member, I only have to weigh in once a month. Anyway, Jerry decided to go with me, and wanted to stay for the meeting. He usually just goes and weighs in, and then leaves--he's never stayed for a meeting before.
It was funny to me, because he was really nervous about it! He was worried about being judged. But he reached his goal weight the last time he weighed in, and he didn't even let the receptionist know that it was his goal--so he didn't get an award or anything. I might be shy about talking about my own accomplishments, but I wanted to tell them all what Jerry has done; so I announced that he'd reached his goal and then I got out my phone and showed off his before and after pictures.
The receptionists were super nice, and made Jerry feel good about his accomplishment. While we were waiting for the meeting to start, we were flipping through the handout booklet that we got, and Jerry started laughing when he saw this: