Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another installment of "Things I Never Thought I'd Say"

I finished a 5k on Sunday. I was only walking, but 5,000 miles is still a long way.

Who am I kidding? 3.1 miles was a long way. But for someone who used to drive up to the corner for milk, this is a big accomplishment. I was pretty proud of myself.

I was even more proud of Kristen. She ran a 15k. RAN! 9.2 MILES! This one took alot out of her so no celebration breakfast after, but we're going to Tweet this Sunday instead.

I had my beefs with this 5k though. Mainly the people who put the race on. It's called the "Hot Chocolate Run". It's sponsored by Hershey and after the race everyone gets hot chocolate and fondue and stuff. I was told by some friends who are runners that it's a really popular race because of the goodie bag. That's the main reason people pay money to run in circles is for the goodie bags. Otherwise, shit, just go run around Montrose Harbor and time yourself for free.

So our goodie bag was purported to have a windbreaker (not my style, but I knew that) and a pretty nice moisture wicking winter hat. The hat I actually wanted. When we got to the packet pickup/expo thing, I got my goodie bag, looked in and saw a cap. A stupid brown cap with the logo of a running store on it. I was pretty upset about it. I consoled myself at thoughts of really good hot chocolate (those who have been to the Hershey store downtown know what I expected).

So after the race, we get our hot chocolate. Actually, I should clarify. We get our water mixed with brown chalk. The line for the fondue was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long, so we just high tailed it. Kristen did win a pretty nice pair of Nike flip flops at their tent though.

All in all, I was glad I did it. But I actually lost no weight in the training process. I think my mind said "You're working out a lot more often" so in turn, I was eating more. But, walking doesn't burn as many calories as biking like I normally do at the gym, so I stayed the same weight (actually fluctuated 2 lbs up and down) for 6 weeks. It's my hope that now that I'm done I can get back to my old routine and start losing weight again.

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