Friday, May 30, 2008

Scaleless, but running!

No weigh-in again today. The battery in my scale, which was supposed to be a lifetime battery, has died. I called the company (Homedics, by the way -- I don't exactly recommend their scales; I should've got a Tanita), and they are shipping me a free replacement, but really? Shouldn't the battery have just NOT died in the first place?

Anyway. It's been odd not weighing in every day. I feel rather reckless because of it, having nothing to answer to for myself each day. A daily weigh really, really helps me stay on track, I've now realized. It's so easy to just eat whatever when you know you don't have to see a number the next day. Not that I've been totally off track, but just a bit more... loose, maybe? It makes me feel funny. I prefer the daily weigh to anything else, hands down, now that it is not an emotional act but merely data collection. It's sad to think I'll have like a week's worth of data out the window.

That said, I do have good news: on my walk this morning, I decided that I just couldn't wait any longer, I had to try a run again. I started out tentatively at almost a shuffle, and when I realized that the knee was doing OK, I gradually increased my pace. Let me tell you, it was the best run I ever had, and I was able to go a full 30 minutes with no problems whatsoever. It felt GOOD! No struggle, no constant time-watching except to see where I was at certain geographic points. Ah, so good to be back to running. I missed it so much.

So I have made an executive decision that I will continue on C25K, picking up with Week 9, which is all 30-minute runs. Of course, by my third run I won't be anywhere near 3.1 miles in 30 minutes, so from there on out my goal will be to increase my time by three- to five-minute increments each week, and trying to up my pace a bit each time until I do run 3.1 in one go.


On another note, today's my last day of work before vacation, and then I will be off for 10 days (including weekends). I can't wait to get out of here today, so I guess I'd better get back to business and get all my stuff done! ;)


Kitzzy said...

Congrats on the running! I know you missed it like crazy. Sorry about your scale (I think is the same one I have). I know you feel lost without it now, but think of the bigger drop you'll see when you finally weigh-in again. That is why I like my weekly weigh-ins, I like seeing 1 lb a week, instead of .2 a day or something. I did almost daily weigh-ins once, and I got a bit obsessive about it, so I just stick with once a week now. I am so focused on the running lately, that I don't feel ansty about it anyway.

Have fun in your vacation!! Where are you going?

Michelle said...

I'm glad you were able to get back to something you enjoy! I wish I could say I miss running, but not really. What I miss though is being able to run if I want. So I'm going to pick c25k back up today to see where things are. Last time I could only do 15 minutes. We'll see. I was up to 25. Wah! But you know as well as I how these things go. Great job!!

Anonymous said...

crappy about hearing that the scale let you down. I've been thinking about weighing in daily too. I've built up my sunday weigh in to almost epic proportions and my Saturdays are a bit nerve wracking because of it. I'm constantly thinking that something I will eat will make me puff up like a giant water balloon. As a result I've been thinking that daily might normalize this a bit and I would welcome that.

Great to hear that you are back to running again. I bet it feels great. Today is a run day for me and I would totally miss it if I couldn't go.