After a long day, I came home to an extra large stack of mail. I wondered if I had anything *good* in the stack, like the next issue of Marathon & Beyond, or money, or something like that. What do you know, I did have a package that caught my eye. I was pretty sure that I knew what it was. To my delight, I was right; it was my 26.2K shirt for Hal’s V-Team. Tom had sent me a message stating that it was “in the mail.” Actually, it was not the first time that he sent it; he had tried before when I was at Grandma’s Marathon. This was when *I* had sent him a message saying that the check would soon be “in the mail”. Sadly, my shirt never arrived…until today! I pulled out the shirt to examine it closer and then read the back. There it was, the *date* of this event, “August 6, 2006.” Okay, so what if the longest run I have done since Grandma’s has been 10 miles! Right? I won’t panic because in a marathon the extra 6.2 miles is just icing on the cake. So, why not an extra 6.3 miles? No problem.
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At 9 am I took a short break for my run. I was the only one in the fitness center at this time of day and it was nice. With my music playing my chosen “running tunes,” I began my run on the ‘mill at a modest pace and a 2.0% incline. I quickly advanced the speed until I reached my targeted marathon race pace.
Limited on time, with a long teleconference beginning at lunch and ending at 4 pm, I ran a short 3 mile run. I have a long run planned for tomorrow as well, so it seemed a reasonable distance. By the completion of my 3 miles the elapsed time read 26:13 with a “yummy” 341 calories burned. Hurray!
I didn’t get a run in yesterday and the difference in the caloric balance is staggering. So I had some issues that prolonged my day. It began with me working through lunch, followed by a few extra errands and, the final kicker, car issues – my yesterday didn’t set me up for dieting success. With YaYa complaining that he was hot, and thirsty, and hungry, I left the car that wouldn’t start for Starbucks. We shared a package of cheese, crackers, and fruit. YaYa was quick to grab the fruit. By the time I got home, I was tired and off the planned menu already. So after cooking the chicken and corn on the cob – I ate it. And it was tasty. The calories burned was still more than the calories in, but it was barely. The scale this morning was forgiving though. I can’t make that a habit.
In the gym, since I was the only one there, I could get a nice view of both my running form and my side profile. I wondered how my future “improved” profile would be different. Only time will tell.