Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Countdown!

It's been three months since I decided that I'm going to back off from marathons. Not stop doing them completely (Sandy has already tempted me with the Avenue of the Giants next May), but simply easing up on them, and not doing one every single year. Or, maybe switching to 1/2 marathons...I'm not sure just yet. 


I struggled with it at first, because running - and specifically marathon running - is such a part of my identity. I just put a new 26.2 sticker on my car! 26.2 is in my email address! Were some reasons that actually crossed my mind as to why I couldn't stop. Instead of megan26.2, have you considered lazymegan or megan5K? inquired Penn. And then, there were those who questioned if I would be able to stick to not running...Oh, you'll miss it, you'll be back! Because for the past 10 years, that's what I've done! 


But, I've really enjoyed the time and the freedom that come from not doing distance and being completely wiped out the rest of the day. And guess what? I don't miss it...not at all, even a little bit!


I've stayed somewhat active, going to the gym 1-2 times per week and regularly walking my boyfriend's dog with him (3-4miles). We're also on a softball team, and I just picked up swimming again. But, my diet leaves a little to be desired...I haven't exactly been eating that healthy. Okay, okay: that's an understatement. I've actually been eating so much lately that my co-workers and friends are shocked, noticing, and making comments! Hand fulls of Reese's Pieces, chocolate cake, cheese and crackers...all after a full meal! I don't see any noticeable effects yet, but if I continue, it's only a matter of time before it catches up with me! I know firsthand how much diet plays into our weight: I ran 10 marathons without ever loosing one pound because I was hungry all the time and just ate more!!! And now that I'm not running.....


So, here I sit, with one work day left, and exactly 30 days until our week in Hawai'i. It's time to get serious. 
Starting today: 1,200 calories each day and workouts at least 6 times per week! I will update this more frequently with my progress. My goal is to be down 8-10 pounds.