I ran the other half of my 50th year marathon today. The Scotiabank Waterfront Half Marathon in Toronto. Me and 22,000 other runners! Man, that race is getting VERY big! I significantly improved on my time from last weekend (2:37), which had been goal #1 for today. My further goal was to try to come in under 2:30. Well, my chip time was 2:29:59. One second better than my goal - cool, eh?
But I'm really hurting today, much more than after last week's Half. I have a record crop of 5 blisters, my left leg and knee were all screwed up for the last 5K or so of the race, so my gait was wonky, and my legs are sore and stiff tonight. On the positive side, DH was in Toronto too, for a high school reunion (all-boys private school - I wasn't invited), so he was able to watch me run in at the end of the race for the first time ever. I've been doing this for 10 years now, so that's pretty cool. DB walked the 5K, and did well. He was actually in better shape than me after the race, an unusual situation.
So that's it for running for now. I'm quitting for a few months to allow the Achilles to heal. It will allow me to explore some other fitness options, some of the Primal-type body weight exercises, hooping, maybe elliptical at the gym - we'll see. DB and I have our sights set on the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon in May, the largest half in the US - 35,000 runners!! :shock:
I've been trying IF this past week, and have got myself eating from 12:30 to 6 p.m. only most days. Only coffee with a bit of evap milk until 12:30. It was hard the first day or two, but now seems relatively painless. I eat lunch, have oil mid afternoon, a wee snack right after getting home from work (trying for raw veggies mainly), then supper. Only tea in the evenings. In spite of some major faux pas, such as buying a half dozen raisin bread buns (my weakness) and eating most of them myself, with butter, I still managed to drop 2 lbs this week. Of course, today, I started eating by 6 a.m., burned over 1300 cals in the race, and have eaten all day in consequence. I hope to reinstate the IF plan tomorrow, with the help of SLD oil in the eating window. They seem like a natural fit.