Saturday, February 14, 2009

Nothing can stop me now...

I did it.

I ran 10k (6.2 miles) yesterday!! NON-STOP!

What an accomplishment!! I think I can do just about anything, now!

I Twittered while I ran. I don't think I could have read anything on my phone, but I wanted to try Tweeting to see if I could do it and I did. Here's the log of what I Twitted:
  1. running my first 10k, unofficially, practice. never ran this far b4 7:12 AM Feb 15th
  2. am getting tired, just passed half way 7:16 AM Feb 15th
  3. need strength . am pushing on! 7:20 AM Feb 15th
  4. doing a littlle better, getting stronger 7:24 AM Feb 15th
  5. got my 2nd wind, going strong now 7:33 AM Feb 15th
  6. doing great! i think i'll make it! 7:42 AM Feb 15th
  7. i feel like Forrest Gump ... run Forrest run! 7:50 AM Feb 15th
  8. run Cara run! 7:51 AM Feb 15th
  9. still going, getting tired 8:01 AM Feb 15th
  10. starting 2 get a headache, am i pushing 2 hard? 8:07 AM Feb 15th
  11. i eased up, headache gone, getting close to home 8:13 AM Feb 15th
  12. I'm really gonna do this! i see home! 8:17 AM Feb 15th
  13. i did it! i ran 10k, non stop! i did it!!! 8:21 AM Feb 15th
After I got home, I was just fine. My legs were very tight but I felt fine. I walked around the house for about 10 or 15 minutes before I sat down. I didn't want my legs to cramp up because they were soooo tight.

I burned over 1,900 calories—earned 16 activity points! Wow! That's like a whole week's worth of activity points! Sweet!

I was a little sore when I got up this morning, but not much. I was able to go up and down the stairs at work today without any problems.

I didn't run this morning. I didn't want to push my luck. But I'll run again tomorrow morning. I've got some great podcasts lined up. And a new CD I want to listen to, too.

I read something real cool in my Week 10 WW book. It was surprisingly refreshing and very insightful and I wanted to share a little bit if it with you guys.

"Why Weight Loss Always Slows Down

There are some predictable patterns in everyone's weight-loss efforts. In the first few weeks, it's normal to see quick losses. People talk about this as water weight.

But what's happening to cause this loss of water weight? When you reduce your calorie intake, your body responds by releasing it's stores of glycogen, a stored form of carbohydrate found in the muscles and the liver. Glycogen holds water, so when it's burned for energy, it releases water.

Since you're eating fewer calories, your body starts burning up its glycogen stores, and then, after they're gone, your body starts burning fat for energy—which is exactly what you want to have happen. But because fat does not hold water and it takes twice as much energy to burn fat, you'll see slower losses on the scales."

Amazing, huh?

I never knew that. I always love finding out about the science behind things.

Here's a link to their website that has more info (much more scientific) about this whole thing.

P.S. I tried something new this weekend. I normally overindulge the day I weigh in and then a little the next day too. So Saturdays and Sundays are usually gain days for me (usually 2 to 4 pounds) then I spend the next few days trying to lose what I gained from my overindulgences. Well, this weekend, I decided to only indulge very little—almost none. And I only gained 4/10ths of a pound. Woo hoo! I'm already ahead of the game. My goal for next week's weigh in is to lose 6/10ths. I don't want to set the bar too high. I put it way too high last week and barely made it (though I did meet it!). :)



Lauri said...

OMG, Cara! Way to go! You are right, you can do anything now! Go, Cara, Go!!! Big Hug!

HopeFool said...

You are amazing. I am so inspired by you.

jinxxxygirl said...

Wow! Your awesome! Keep going!

MaryFran said...

You are an inspiration!! Way to go!

Mel said...

Wow!! That is so inspiring!! Great job, Cara!!!

Bre said...


HopeFool said...

I linked to you in my blog today.

You inspired me to set a goal for myself. Thank you.

Herbalife Las Vegas said...

Awesome job running a 10K, I am into running also. 10K is no joke, good job.

tisha85 said...

6.2 miles nonstop. W*O*W! That's all I can say, "WOW!!"