A new 5K PR, and reflecting on the year so far

First, for the most exciting bit of news: I met my goal for 2014 in my first 5k of the year!  I ran the Red Dress Run for Women in 39:54, which is a 12:51 average mile.  As it was very warm and I was definitely feeling the heat and humidity, I was super proud of myself.  I had to book it to make it just under the wire… my Garmin shows me that I did the last tenth of a mile at a 9:24 pace, which is crazy for me.  My splits were 12:11, 12:55, 13:24, so you can see my fatigue and dehydration setting in.  I know that working on not pushing too hard at the beginning, preparing myself better for the race (hydrating more and actually eating something before!), and running in better weather conditions will be mean better, more even racing for me.  I need to get back into longer runs on a weekly basis- even if I decide not to run any other races but 5k lengths, regularly getting in longer runs will make those better experiences.

This year, and my commitment to taking better care of myself, is going really well overall.  I’m down 30 lbs since January.  My BMI has gone from 43.1 (class III morbid obesity) to in the 37s (class II severe obesity), and I have no doubt I’ll reach class I obesity by the end of 2014.  (I’ll throw a real party when I’m into mere overweight territory!).  My fat percentage has gone from a high of 49.8% to 44%- and almost 6% difference.  In terms of movement, over the past 194 days I’ve travelled 272 mindful miles, which is only 93 miles away from my goal for the entire year!  56 of those miles I have run, and 216 I have walked.  Also, I got a notification from my Fitbit that I had crossed the 500 miles walked mark since I started using the device, and I’m also proud of the increase in daily non-exercise-time movement I’ve been making.

I think the numbers are fascinating, but they are only one measure.  The difference in how I feel, especially physically, has been huge.  I absolutely recognize I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be, and the pace is often agonizingly slow.  But I also have taken some time where I’ve taken it easier (during anniversary celebrations, my birthday, business travel, etc.) which have been joyful and oddly not full of the guilt I’m usually awesome at putting myself through. My head is changing, along with my body.

And now, after a June full of fun, July is about building up that base again and buckling down.  We’re on day 7 of Whole 30, and things are going really well.  It’s definitely been a much easier transition back to the Whole9 way of eating this time around, since I didn’t really stray too far from it in June, especially on a daily basis (as opposed to the celebration fun times!).  While everyone is having their ups and downs and oopses, I think overall everyone is feeling like this has been a worthwhile exercise in planning, willpower, habit formation and change, and in finding out what foods our bodies like (or don’t like, as the case may be!)

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