Monday, January 01, 2007

running in the new year

Since so many inquiring minds want to know, I thought I'd post a quick report on the race last night. We got lucky with the weather -- it was a warm and wet New Year's Eve in this neck of the woods, but the driving rain earlier in the evening stopped in time for us to just have a few puddles to contend with for most of the race, though for about a mile I ran into the wind and drizzle.

I wish I had taken my digital camera. It was DARK but the start line would have been a cool picture, with all the runners wearing the glow necklaces they gave us. There are some pretty crummy official photos of the race if you want to take a look. I was a little nervous at the start because some kid bent over or fell and I realized that a runner could have been trampled in the beginning of the race because no one could see very well. But I did enjoy being out running in the dark knowing I was safe -- we ran mostly on closed roads and a little on a paved trail.

I have to buy a new lightweight jacket because my size XL one is not going to work for me anymore. When I'm running into the wind, it blows me backward like a sail, and it makes me look about 3 times as big as I am in the race photos. So that's on my wish list before next spring. I have a nice heavyweight running suit for the cold that fits fine, but in warmer weather I need something lighter that is my own size.

I finished the race in just under 32 minutes, which for a 5K race (3.1 miles) is a great pace for me. I wasn't anywhere close to winning an age-group award, but I don't really need that kind of stuff cluttering up my house anyway -- I was just happy that I was able to find a good way to celebrate the New Year that didn't leave me with a hangover. I did wake up sore this morning from running so hard, but after taking a nice long walk I felt fine.

Today was supposed to be my first day trying the Weight Watchers Core Plan.... I have always thought that Core was a much tougher plan to follow than Flex, and figured I'd probably lose a lot by trying it. Well, today was not the day to start it. I had a New Year's Day party with the Italian side of my family, and they pulled out all the Nostalgia Food stops. The lovely quinoa salad I brought was, of course, of no interest to anyone but me. I ate some of that and the other Core-friendly stuff there like chicken, ham, fruit, raw veggies, which would have made a nice meal. But then I started in on the homemade pizza and fried peppers, sampled all of the desserts, munched on nuts and candy.... It was a wonderful family party but definitely not a good first day of a new diet plan.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, and even though I could go to a meeting later in the week instead, I think it's better to do it now and feel like I have a fresh start after all this messy eating.

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