Wow…I just realized it has been an entire year since my last blog post! That will be changing for a number of reasons. The first being that I am honored to be a RunJunkee’s Ambassador! With this distinction I do get a blog on the RunJunKees Ambassadors page. That is a pretty good reason to get this thing going again!
And a 2nd reason is that I am needing to get my but back on track again! 2016 was a wild year, to say the least! I don’t think I ever saw so much happen in such a short amount of time.
While 2016 began with great plans of returning to my fitness goals, I was hit left and right with unexpected happenings. For starters, we live in Southwest Louisiana and last March we saw unprecedented amounts of rain fall in every corner of our state. This caused massive flooding north of us in Toledo Bend and when they finally opened the dams the water just began to flow south on the Sabine River…our town sits very close to this river. As a result we saw flooding getting as high as 6-7 feet in some areas of our rural community. Being a pastor of a church in the area this got us moving and working and doing everything we can to help our own.
In the midst of all of this the house we have been renting was sold from under us while we were still in the process of buying a house of our own. Thankfully we bought from some good, godly friends who allowed us to live there for 10 days before closing. The good news is that we did get the house in April and God really blessed us in all of it!
That was followed by the summer which included 2 weeks of youth/preteen camps on back to back weeks and then back to school. And with the fall came not only football season (my son is in the band and I just love high school football) came even MORE rain in the south central and south east parts of our state. More flooding, record setting flooding…and many friends and loved one’s were hit hard. Again our church began working to help out as well as my family and I.
In the midst of all of this I did register for my 5th marathon, the New Orleans Rock and Roll Marathon, which was also my first full 26.2 miler. It will be Feb. 5 and my 12 week training plan began in November…the same week I began 2 weeks of different out of town conferences followed by Thanksgiving week! Not the best time to begin a marathon training plan! Needless to say I was a week behind by the 2nd week and I haven’t caught up since then because Thanksgiving is followed by Christmas, which for us meant a trip to Ohio to see my in-laws.
I’m wore out just thinking about all of that! But here I sit, less than a month out from my next marathon, 2 months behind on my training and still carrying last year’s extra weight and then some. So, what do I do?
I get to work. I won’t PR this marathon by any chance, but I can and I will finish it! I can do run walk intervals for 26.2 miles based on plans I have seen. I think I have enough muscle memory and a decent enough fitness level to get it done. Thankfully I have not been totally useless, I have still be working out…just a lot more sporadically then in the past.
And then there is the diet. Even though I have things coming up in the coming weeks where people will be supplying meals for me, I will do my best to eat around that. I have to get this food under control! MyFitnessPal will once again become my accountability partner, as well as anyone else who might read this and dare to follow along on this journey.
Finally, that is what I need to remember, this is a journey. When I began this almost 6 years ago I knew I wasn’t going on a diet to lose weight. I was trying to reclaim my life and I knew that it would not be easy and it would be a journey with ups and downs. I’m down, in the wrong way, right now…but I will rise up again!
I’m excited about 2017! Hopefully there will be a lot more stability for me in my life, but I’m also anxious about where this journey takes me!