Wednesday morning, dark and early, I will take the first run of my training plan for the Dallas Marathon. Because of my big goal, I’ve been working [mostly] all summer to lose weight, build strength, and gain speed.
Last week I took a break.
I cut back on my mileage, logging some slower paced 3 & 4 milers. I finally finished painting the laundry room and the workout room, and I didn’t worry about my eating habits. I indulged in some escapism first by watching an entire season of Downton Abbey, then reading Divergent. A note about me: I believe a good writer is a reader, and I must read the book before I watch the movie. I also like to read Young Adult fiction.
Then I celebrated a milestone.
I am now in a new age group. Hey there, 40.
The mental break was nice, but now I’m ready for structure.
My plan will be challenging. For sure.
I will follow this for the Dallas Marathon, and see how I progress. If it’s not a great day, Houston will be my shot to BQ.
Just so I don’t alienate those around me, I made a list of what to expect from me over the next several months.
1. Early bedtime. I do not plan to answer calls, email, or texts after 9 pm. Getting enough sleep is a problem for me, so this is an accountability statement. If you see me post on social media, call me out. 🙂
2. I will eat. All the time. Please don’t give me funny looks when I go for seconds at dinner – especially dessert.
3. Meal plan and shop for groceries once a week. My kids will be okay eating grilled cheese once in a while – or once a week.
4. I will not check out books from the library, because I will forget to turn them in on time.
5. I will undoubtedly forget something I was asked to do, bring, or make.
Please forgive my training brain. There will be weeks when I have it together, and times I’m dropping balls all over the place.
So, gulp – it’s time to get started.