On Sunday I completed the Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans half marathon and had a great time
except for those 13.1 miles when I was miserable.
I finished the race in 2:06:30, which averages to be a 9:40 minute/mile. That’s the fastest half marathon I’ve done in at least 10 years so I was really happy with that time. It’s also the flattest half marathon, and maybe even race in general, that I’ve ever done, which definitely helped with my time.
I was not expecting to do as well as I did because I’ve put on a few pounds, and I’m overall just not feeling very fit these days. When I started the race, I kept looking at my watch and thought it was a mistake, but after a few miles I realized I was making good time (for me, anyway). I’m not going to lie though, this was one of the more unpleasant races I’ve done. I know you’re supposed to push yourself during a race, but it’s not fun. I didn’t really pay attention to all the fun and cool things surrounding me, and instead was focused on my watch and finishing. I became a little obsessed and was constantly calculating in my head what I thought I could finish in. The last three miles was really just awful because I slowed down some and couldn’t pick up the pace and had a little mental battle going on with myself.
Anway, the moral of my story is that it’s more fun to be slower. I was thrilled with my time, and it gets me motivated to one day (hopefully soon) hit two hours or less, but I also appreciate those races where I’m not “competing” with myself.
So I mentioned that I’ve put on a few pounds and dangit that stinks. It takes three weeks to lose a couple of pounds and all of 2.3 seconds to eat it back. I really need to do something before I balloon back up to where I started from so I came across something called DietBet. It’s an online weight loss game where participants each contribute $35 which goes toward a big pool of money. The goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You have to upload pictures while standing on a scale, and the game administrators have ways to verify that it’s legit. Four weeks later you send pics in again and for those participants who meet their goal, they get their $35 back, plus any money that stayed in the pool from those participants who didn’t meet their goal.
I found out about DietBet through MyGirlishWhimes‘ blog and her Instagram, which is so inspiring to follow. She and another player are hosting a challenge, so I joined theirs. It kicked off on Monday
which is when I was still stuffing my face with food and beer in New Orleans.
I decided I’m going to try and count calories for these four weeks and really make an honest attempt to limit my booze and crappy food intake. So tonight, I made salmon and roasted veges:
It was really good
but not as good as macaroni and cheese.
Only 3 weeks 5 days to go! Yay…………….