April 29, 2015

Headed to Indy!

I am SO very excited to head to Indianapolis tomorrow! Jerry is going with me, which makes it even better. It's about a four-hour drive, so we're planning to get there in time to pick up a couple of my Sole Mates from the airport. I wish my entire team was going, but it didn't work out that way. Still, I'll see Thomas, Paige, Bonnie, Cat, and Martha. Also going are Jeanie (my sister), Becky (my sister-in-law), several of Jeanie's friends, and Bonnie's friend Nancy, who I met briefly in SoCal. Except for Thomas, I haven't seen the other Sole Mates since a year ago when we ran SoCal. None of them have met Jerry, either, and he's looking forward to meeting the friends I talk about so much.

I've been really up-in-the-air about what to do as far as counting Points while I'm there. I had an awesome weigh in at Weight Watchers today--down 6.8 pounds!--so I should stay on track and continue to lose. However, the last thing I want to do while I'm there is nitpick everything I eat and drink, estimate portion sizes, and journal my food. I did that in 2010, and looking back, I kind of regret it. I missed out on some good food and drinks, and I spent more time worrying about staying on track than I did enjoying myself.

I'm not saying that I have to pig out to enjoy myself, because I know that's not the case. But I'm thinking of going to Indy with the same attitude and plan I did in Portland--eat and drink what I want, just don't pig out. When I came home from Portland, I weighed the exact same as I did when I left; so, I'm hoping for the same outcome in Indy.

When I get home, I'll go right back to counting everything again, just like I did this past week. If my weight is up, I can handle that. I'm prepaid through July at Weight Watchers, so I will be weighing in next week no matter what happens in Indy. I just really want to go and have a great time with my Sole Mates.

I was also really undecided about whether I should run the half-marathon on Saturday. I'd talked to my doctor about it, and he gave me the go-ahead if I take it slow and easy; but considering I had so much trouble getting through just six miles on Sunday, I figured I should probably sit out the half this weekend.

I REALLY want to do it, and I probably could; but my stress fracture isn't totally healed yet (I feel twinges here and there ever since the run on Sunday). I'm registered for the Detroit Marathon in October, and I want to let my leg completely heal before I start training in June. I have been so undecided about what to do, but I finally made the decision yesterday that I am going to sit this one out. Healing in the long term is more important than hobbling through this race, so that's what I'll do.

This will be Jerry's first half-marathon, so I'll be able to be at the finish line to see him cross! I'm really excited about that. Also, I've always wanted to see the winners of that race cross the finish line. When I was there in 2008 (or maybe it was 2009?), there were actually TWO first place winners! They crossed the line so closely, that they had to look at photos to determine a winner; and even then, it was declared a tie.

The Indy Mini was actually my first race ever--in 2008, I walked the whole 13.1 miles with zero training. I knew nothing about what to expect, and I was in so much pain afterward! But I did it again the next year, and the next. In 2011, I ran the race, making it the first half-marathon I ever ran. It's a really fun race (they have over 80 bands along the course!) and I always thought it would be fun to watch the finish line as a spectator. So, even though I'm bummed to not be running it, I'm super excited to watch the finish!

I most likely will not be posting while I'm gone, but if I have some down time at the hotel, I might write. I'm really far behind on email, because I've been spring cleaning non-stop for three days, but I will get to that when I get home, also. Have a great weekend, everyone!

I don't have a picture for this post, so I'll just share this one... Estelle sat on my lap for the first time since we got Joey! She's been ignoring me for a few months now, and I was beginning to think she'd be that way for ever. But I'm glad that she just hopped on my lap for a nap :)


  1. Have a great time in Indy! I'd love to do that race one day. When I have money for traveling, haha. Can't wait to hear how Jerry does! :)

  2. Great Weight-In!! I wish I had the ability to go "off-track" (even slightly), then just get right back on plan again, with ease. Once I allow myself to slip, I'm gone..... I kept myself under tight control all through the holidays last year, weighing in at 151.4 pounds on Christmas morning and ALMOST winning the Diet Bet that ended that day (within one pound). My goal weight is 150 lbs., so I was quite content with my weigh-in that day. I didn't even mind not winning, I was just happy I hadn't gained and had actually lost weight between Thanksgiving and Christmas, because in 2013 my gain started during the holiday season. Unfortunately, after Christmas 2014, I lost my way once more. Well actually it started immediately on Christmas Day! I didn't wait long!!! I kept telling myself that after my birthday (Jan. 1), I would get started again. I even joined another Diet Bet, because in the past that had gotten me motivated. Nothing worked. Every day I woke up with new resolve, then got hungry and binged until bedtime. In three short months, I gained 35 pounds. How sad is that???? Just in the last week I have finally started staying away from the binge snacking, and eating right again. Last year it took me six to seven months to regain almost 35 pounds. This year, only three!! So I have decided this is the LAST time I'm doing that..... Of course I've told myself that before.

    I think you are wise NOT to run the Mini. If you are feeling twinges after 6 miles, I don't think running 13 miles is smart, it will probably exacerbate the injury, and you'll end up starting all over in having to take time away from running to heal.

    I also think it says so much about YOU, that even though the first time you walked this half-marathon, it about killed you, yet you went back and did it again and again. That's DETERMINATION!!! I will always remember your before picture from that walk. I'm not sure if it was the first time, the second, or third, but it is such a contrast from your after picture, yet even though you are heavier back then, you look so happy, and that always gave me joy to see your smiling face as you walked. And I know the story of how you eventually RAN that distance and that fills me with so much inspiration.

    Have an absolutely wonderful time in Indy this weekend. I know you will!!! You've earned it!

  3. Have a great time! Smart move not to run this one--you're right, long term healing is better than trying to hobble your way through this one race. You'll have so much fun as a spectator! And good luck to Jerry!

  4. Have a great time, good for you to focus on the big picture. Cheering Jerry on will be so much fun!

  5. Have a great time in Indy! I'll be thinking about you guys as I slog through my half on Sunday (OC Marathon -- no bands. :(. ). I got back on the tracking horse this week too and I'm looking forward to Saturday's weigh in (and then carb load). ;)


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