The Long Road Back

4 Jul

I took my vacation and loved every minute of it. I have no regrets. I ate what I wanted, and I did work out, though not nearly to the level that I’m used to. I considered it a good compromise between letting everything go to hell for two weeks and giving myself a much needed break. Unfortunately, one has to pay for their playing.

I gained 5 pounds from my hopeless addiction to gelato. It’s upsetting, but at the same time, I’m stopping it now before it gets worse, and I know what I need to do to get it off. Am I bummed? Yes, definitely. I’ve never gained weight on vacation before since I usually am so active, but this time I did. But, I don’t regret it. I had fun and really savored all the wonderful foods I had the opportunity to enjoy.

So this week has begun the long road back. I went grocery shopping on Tuesday morning and stocked up on fruits and veggies, chicken and 93% lean ground beef. I bypassed the bakery and the potato chips. I was sick most of the week with a hideously bad cold, but I was finally able to go for a run today. It was my first run in over a week and my first run since returning to high altitude after nearly 3 weeks at sea level. I decided to go to a certain landmark on my running route and turn around. I thought it was around 3.5 miles. I actually ended up doing 5.10 miles in 1:19:23. A very slow time, even for me, but a great first run back especially since I’m still coughing a lot.

I’ve lost 65 pounds, so losing 5 isn’t that daunting, but nevertheless it’s going to take a month or two I think. I tend to lose very slowly. Also, it’s just 3 months until my marathon, so time to crack down my on training schedule and bring ‘er home so to speak. I know I can do it. I just went to Greece, the land where the marathon was invented. If people can run marathons in that country where the heat is extremely oppressive nearly year round, then I can conquer Denver in October.

We all have slip ups and make mistakes, but the important thing is to catch them early and start fixing the problem right away.

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One Response to “The Long Road Back”

  1. thegeeman July 4, 2011 at 2:43 PM #

    keep up the good work. nch by inch it is a sinch.

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