Well as most of you know from my many facebook updates (#overposter, sorry) I completed my first 10K race this past weekend when I participated in the TC10K. I love these races, I always learn something new about either the race itself or myself.
This weekend I learned that I am faster and stronger than I thought. I was hoping to be able to make 7min per km pace but I wasn’t sure I would be able to hold that for the full 10K. I was secretly hoping that I would even do better than that but with not ever have raced in a 10K I really didn’t know what to expect, especially taking in to consideration all the aspects of racing, anxiety before the race and pacing myself when surrounded by thousands of other runners. I have to say, I am truly happy with my outcome and don’t think I would have done anything different if I ran that same race a day later. Only once at our run clinic, on the last day in fact, did we ever hit a pace faster than 7min per km, so the fact that I sustained 6.41 for 10km is very promising for me as I look towards training for my first half marathon in the fall.
At one point earlier in the week prior to the race, I was mentioning to someone how anxious I was feeling. Their response was what anyone one would say, “you got this”, “you have ran 10K in training” “it’s just another race” but for me these events are so much more than just a race. They are goals I have set for myself to help me reach an even bigger goal. The goal of losing all the weight is huge and ongoing so going into this race I am not just faced with the normal pre-race anxiety and excitement but also the fear of not meeting a goal I have set for myself. These are all huge factors to my success with my weight loss. Now, I realize if I hadn’t gotten the time I wanted that doesn’t mean I am still not succesful with my “journey” but I just feel more pressure. It’s probably hard to understand if you aren’t me and walking in my shoes but that is just how I tick. 🙂
My recent challenge for this race and going forward is finding a balance between weight loss and training. With the point system in weight watchers I am getting down to only 31 points a day. I had 54 or 57 per day when I started weight watchers, I can’t remember exactly but it was alot. So when deciding on how to spend those points, I need to be mindful. I don’t enjoy powdered protein or protein suppliments so I can only take in real food. I have introduced some Vega products into my routine, one is the pre-work out and the other post work out recovery drink. The problem I find is that they take away points from what I can eat for that day. If I can keep it to just these two products then I am only sacrificing 4 points per workout but that does mean I can eat that much less and I like to use at least half of my daily points for protein so depending on my meal choices this can be challenging. The great thing about weight watchers is they have those awesome bonus points but I like to keep those in the bank for my weekend shananigans. As I am training more and more, it may need to shift to more bonus points being used to support my work out because I refuse to nip into my exercise points to consume anything. So far I haven’t even had to consider it but I think it can be avoided either way.
I think my rationalizing this scenario is exactly why weight watchers is an awesome program. Without even really noticing I am making choices to stay within a certain calorie intake. After a weekend of eating in restaraunts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and waking up today and I am down a pound already for this week just proves that this program has taught me how to make better choices. 🙂
Thanks to all those that came out to cheer for me and support me on this run, much appreciated. 🙂