As with any journey through fitness, most of the changes you see won’t be immediate or particularly dramatic. The scale may nudge one way or the other, stamina increases, soreness evens out…
Or you get superhero calves.
It’s silly but that’s exactly what it felt like to reach down to shave and there’s this giant divot in my calves! I’m also noticing my outer and inner thighs are slowly growing muscle definition.
There is an element to all of this that does include losing weight overall but it is really cool to see my legs slowly morphing from smushy to defined. I wish I had before and after pictures but the last thing I thought of to photograph was my calves. But hey, I’ll take it! It’s tangible evidence that all this training and soreness and sweat and time are paying off in a way I can see that isn’t a scale. I may want to lose weight but being “skinny” isn’t my goal. My goal is to do a Tough Mudder or Spartan Race one day and scale numbers have nothing to do with that. I want to be strong and confident like I was when I was 24 – before I got pregnant – now that I’m out of that terrible abusive relationship and free to push myself to new heights.
Also, my medal wall needs more bling!! It’s too bare!
I ran the 5k (in a walk/run combo) on the treadmill and used my fitness tracker to submit my results. While I am getting faster, it still takes me about 54 minutes to hit the 5k mark. I’ve shaved about a minute off my time in the last month or so.
Now, my next race is the Super Mom 5k/10k on May 14 so I will be taking the next couple days off before I go back to running at least one mile a day. I don’t have any other goal in mind but to get these 5k races finished in under 45-50 minutes. Then maybe I’ll start registering for races where other people are around.
Obviously, since NYCC just wrapped up, I haven’t written in several days. But being around all those awesome cosplayers and amazing books, my muse is psyched and ready to go.
Not much of an update but I managed to get through all four days of NYCC so I’m exhausted, sore, and broke. I gotta say, tho: the cosplay turned out amazing and since I’ve been doing C25K, I am in better shape s0 all that walking and getting jostled around in such a bog crowd – and taking the kiddo with me two of those days. The fact I don’t feel like a giant bruise tells me I’m doing something right.
Anyways, back on track with my writing and book three will have a complete rough draft soon!