Weight, what?

The past couple of weeks I’ve notice my weight has gone up and down like a yo-yo. Dos anyone have any ideas on why this might be? I’m still running the mileage according to my race plan. Perhaps I’m over eating on calories, or not enough? I’m confused. I suppose my consumption of a few alcoholic beverages may be to blame for the “up” in weight. I may try to monitor my food/beverage intake this week to see what I am doing wrong. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, I’m all ears. 🙂

Halfway there.

As I finished up week 10 of my 20 week training plan, I realized how strong, both mentally and physically, I have become as a runner. I struggled through aggravating knee pain just 6 months ago, where the pain was so intense I could hardly walk. After taking some time off to heal, and learn to be more patient, I was able to start from scratch with fresh legs/knees in the Fall. I knew that once I got a good foundation of running built back up, I would be ready to start training for the longest race of my life, the Prairie Spirit 50 mile Ultra-marathon. Now going into week 11, while training through the most brutally cold winter I have yet seen, I am amazed at how far I have come and what I have learned; that if you just listen to your body, you can make it do extraordinary things. When you need to rest, take a break. When you are hungry, eat. When you are thirsty, hydrate. When you are cold, wear extra layers. Your body will thank you for it in return. I’m looking forward to the remaining 10 weeks of my training and all the other journeys it may bring.

P.S. Here’s hoping that I may not have to do anymore 15 milers on the treadmill. Thinking warm thoughts for an early Spring. 🙂

14

I woke up somewhat early this morning, 6:45 (on a Saturday morning, that is early). My husband had to drive 2 hours to take my step son to an indoor swim meet. I knew it was my long run day so I figured I would check the weather to see what was in store. I really didn’t want to have to run a 14 miler on the treadmill so was hoping it wasn’t too cold. The forecast shows weather at 35 degrees. I was thrilled that it was that warm outside so I decided to get a jump start on my run. I layered up and headed out the door. At about an hour and a half into my run, I could feel the temperature drop and the wind pick up. Pretty soon I could feel my face getting numb. I knew I was almost done so I decided to stick through the coldness. When I finished and returned home, I was exhausted. The cold and wind took everything out of me. I checked the weather again and in the 2 hours I was out on my run, the temperature dropped from 35 degrees to 10 degrees. And the wind from 8 mph to 17 mph. Tomorrow I am scheduled for another 14 miles (my ultra marathon training has back to back long runs). The whole state of Iowa is now under a wind chill warning with wind chill temps as low as -60 degrees! Yikes! It’s the lowest our state has seen since 1996. Tomorrow, I will be running my 14 on the treadmill and spare any frost bitten limbs and/or hypothermia. Stay warm, my friends.