Now that I’m back at about 85% physical capability, I’m increasing my workout intensity and enjoying my runs much more. I look forward to every workout, as I did this past weekend.
Saturday morning, I woke at 6:00am and headed to the near-empty gym with some coffee and a light breakfast in my system. I spent 40 minutes working on my back, IT Bands, core, thighs, shoulders and arms. Afterwards, I was tired, but still headed to the Ferry Building Farmers Market. I had an 8 ounce pure coconut water as nourishment afterwards before my usual Blue Bottle coffee. I skipped the calorie-laden pastries, but oh, I so wanted one! Instead, I enjoyed a luscious, juicy apple I bought, just picked the day before.
Sunday morning I went for my long run, which right now is only 3 miles, but it was 3 miles pain free. I could never have said that a month ago. Ever when I ran the Giants’ race at the beginning of September, I felt a bit of knee pain after the third mile, so this was a very good 3-mile run.
Along with increasing my mileage and getting my core and muscles stronger, I also have to work on losing weight. This is probably the hardest part of the equation. One reason I know why my knees took so much pounding was the extra weight I’m carrying. It isn’t a giant amount. I’m about 26 pounds over what I should be, but that’s enough to make a difference.
There’s a constant battle between my appetite and what I should/must/need to eat. When one is young, it’s much easier to get away with that burger, or a double scoop of ice cream, or an imported chocolate bar every so often, but when one turns 50, it isn’t so easy to “live a little” or have something special. I ate a bit too much this weekend and because of it, didn’t lose a pound. Now, I know it’s not all about losing weight, but it IS part of it, and the weight on the scale is too high. Let’s be real.
So, along with working out, getting my runs in and paying attention to everything else, I need to be more vigilant about my diet. This all works towards my goal and I can’t lose sight of it.