This week's loss looks really big, but I jumped back on the scale (ok, stepped gingerly) Wednesday morning just to check, and had already gained a pound and a half of it back. It's water week, and nothing makes sense - which is normal for me.
We won't know the real story this coming Monday either, since I'm out of town for my first (of many, I hope!) race, and won't have a chance to get weighed on my own scale until Thursday morning. So the timelines will be off for a bit. My big goal is to return home next Thursday and find the number on the scale at least as low as it was this past Monday.
It's a big week
As I mentioned, the 5K I've been building up to since, well, since last fall, is finally here. We run tomorrow (Saturday) evening at 5 p.m. - it's the moment of truth! On the advice of my cheering team (including, of course, The Faithful Mo) I've changed my starting corral to 35-40 minutes, from the 40-45 I had originally signed up for, way back in December when I couldn't run 30 seconds consecutively. Why does it matter? Because if I stayed in the slower corral, I'd have that many more people to somehow get past before I could start running at my own pace.
Good thing I have so many experienced racers to advise me!
Mo took me to the race expo today, which was so much fun! As a beginner, I'm enthralled with all the "stuff" and had a great few hours wandering and checking things out. I bought this hat - likely very uncool to wear it to the race, but then again, it might prove helpful, haha!
Tonight is the big carb-load dinner at my brother's place, as there are four of us racing this weekend: me in the 5, my brother in the 10, and The Faithful Mo and a friend of hers/ours in the full marathon. I'm suspecting this may be my favourite part of the race!
Mo and my brother and sister-in-law, all runners, have given me advice about how best to enjoy the race, including:
- Don't eat within 2 hours of the race
- Take the corners in the middle of the road, because everyone else will jam into the corners to take them as tightly as possible
- Don't start too quickly and run out of gas, and
- Leave one ear-bud out, and enjoy the roar of the crowd!
I can't believe I'm about to do this, when a few short months ago it really seemed impossible to me. Not sure when (or if) it'll ever really sink in.
But no time to ponder that - I have pasta to eat! :)
Loss this week: 5.1
Lost so far: 77.2
Still remaining: 22.8
Activity points earned this week: 24
Weeks to go: 20