My 10K is shaping up nicely. Last week I decided to run farther than I ever have before and ended up going 6K. For me, that was a massive achievement. I mean, I had only run a little over 5K twice in training before and then once at my actual 5K. I had run 4K or less over the past few weeks, thinking that at least I was getting out there.
As October approaches, though, I realize that I need to push myself more and more if I have a chance at even completing a 10K. I don’t want to be the last one crossing the finish line, y’know? I don’t want to be gasping for air and walking at a slow pace…I want to keep my 8:00/km average and cross the finish line strong.
I felt as though even if I didn’t have super record-breaking time or anything, I did feel strong…strong enough to push myself just a little bit further.
My eating habits have changed up, too. Sunshine has been awesome in trying to help me eat healthier, and it’s because of these healthy choices that I’ve been able to still have occasional snacks without killing my daily calorie count.
I’m finding myself hungry now, which is not a feeling I’m used to. Before, if I was hungry then I simply ate something…regardless of what it was. Now? Now I’m told that if I’m hungry then that’s a good thing and I should wait until a meal time before I eat something. I mean, I could snack if I wanted to…but it would have to be a healthy snack or something low in calories (i.e. no chocolate bars). This is a concept I simply have never thought of before… “it’s okay to be hungry”. It’s a crazy concept, but it’s apparently working thus far.
My knees feel better (for the most part) and my foot seems to be better after doing exercises. While I’m sore a lot of the time, I feel a lot better than I did just a couple of weeks ago. I think my body will continue to respond positively as I continue to lose weight, as well. I mean, taking pressure off of my knees and other joints will be a good thing, especially long-term.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be “thin”, but I’m certainly going to be healthier. Challenging myself to train for a 10K just might end up being one of the best things I’ve ever done.