April 09, 2011

Picking up the pace

I really didn't want to go for a run this morning, but I had a 4.5 mile run scheduled, so I did it anyway (after stalling for about an hour). I brought the Garmin 305 instead of the 205 that I usually bring. The 305 has a heart rate monitor on it, so I decided to see how my heart rate is on my runs. It's been a while since I did that. Anyway, I changed the display on the screen to show things like pace, average pace, time of day, heart rate, etc. Then I went out for my run.

A couple of miles into it, I glanced at my Garmin to see my pace. I was pissed when I saw 9:38. Seriously?! I felt like I was running pretty well--not my hardest, but at least under a 9:15/mi pace. So I started running a little faster, and a little bit later I looked again. This time it was 9:46!

I was really discouraged when I saw that, so I went even faster. Then I looked again about a mile later, and it was 9:55. It wasn't until THEN that I realized I was looking at the time of day instead of my pace!! LOL, what a smart one I am.  My actual pace ended up being 9:11/mi, which still isn't great, but it's much better than 9:55!

I went to Dunham's today to buy an outfit for the Indy half-marathon in May. It's a really big deal for me this year, and I want to look good in the pics :)  I've walked the half-marathon three years in a row (even at my fattest--that's where my "before" picture came from).

This year will be the first time I actually RUN it.  This races means a lot to me because it is what inspired me to lose the weight in the first place. In 2009, I saw the pictures from the race and was disgusted with myself. And the whole time we were in Indy, I felt like "the fat friend" and just plain crappy about myself. I have since lost 125 pounds, so I'm hoping to get some good pictures for comparison.

I tried on a skort, which I think looks cute, but I was worried about chafing on my thighs. I don't run in shorts because I have loose skin on my thighs and I would just feel self-conscious. I really like Under Armour clothes, and so I decided to get their 'heat gear'.

I bought capri-length running tights and a t-shirt. I'm going to get "Half My Size" lettered on the back of the shirt for the race... is that lame? I don't know. I wanted to get a shirt made, and wasn't sure what to put on it, so that's what I decided on.  If it's cold, I'll wear this black shirt under it.

So here is my outfit for Indy... does it look okay? I hope so.

My husband and I actually have real PLANS tonight. We never have plans on a Saturday night, so this is exciting for us, haha.  We're going to my friend Renee's house to play cards and have a couple of drinks. I've decided to have two glasses of red wine, for a little over 200 calories. I won't eat anything there.

My family requested pita pizzas again tonight for dinner--so that's pretty easy for me :)  I don't think I could ever get sick of pizza.  Oh, some of you asked what "pineapple fluff" is. It's nothing special--just pistachio pudding mix + can of crushed pineapple + 8 oz container of cool whip free. It makes a fluffy textured pudding with crushed pineapple in it.

Today's food log:

Green Monster (189)
coffee with cream (25)

1 egg + two whites with mushrooms and green pepper  (122)
1 waffle with almond butter  (129)
pear (98)

pita pizza  (256)

Vitatop with cool whip  (160)
Fiber One bar (140)
popcorn (225)
wine  (212)

Ran 4.51 miles in 41:23 (9:11/mi)  (+474 calories)

Total calories eaten:  1555


  1. You're doing great!! Don't feel bad at all with your pace - I only WISH I was as fast as you, today I had a 5K in Nashville for St. Jude's and it was hot, humid and mostly up hill!! I did really bad time-wise and finished in 41:18, which sadly is my 3rd slowest time and almost as fast as you did 4.5 miles in!! UGH

    You look super cute in that Half Marathon outfit!! I need to work on what to wear for mine - I'm looking into getting some compression socks but a fun bright color and no clue what to wear for a top - if it's anywhere near as warm as it was today, I might need to invest in a nice running tank! yuck! lol

    Half my Size is perfect for lettering too!! :)

  2. Just found your site, WOW I am a fan already...amazing job...you look sooo tiny. I cn only hope...Maria

  3. LOVE your idea to have the back of your shirt lettered, "Half my Size!" The outfit looks very nice, quite a change from 2009! Time to brag about what you have accomplished, and the lettering on the back of your shirt should let people know! CONGRATS! By the way, the pizza looks yummy. Sometimes I make my pizza with a 90 calorie flatbread crust. I'm going to have to try the feta cheese now. I never get tired of pizza either.

  4. That's awesome! I'm trying to get into jogging but am fighting horrible calf cramps :(

  5. Oh my gosh, I was CRACKING up at your Garmin story! I've totally done the same thing! LMAO. Maybe you're a blonde at heart! ;) (just teasing!)


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