Feeling successful and ambitious

Today I successfully avoided eating any “processed carbs.” This was no easy feat, as my roommate left a huge amazing loaf of artisan wheat bread out and then left for two weeks. It was up to me to slice it and put it in the freezer, and when I went to slice it, it didn’t slice perfectly, and there were lots of random chunks that would have been so easy to just munch away on. But I threw them out! Whoo hoo :) Also, even though it was freaking cold out today, I threw my running gear on and ran to the bank and then from there did my normal loop along the Hudson and in Riverside Park – probably did about 4 miles, but we’ll never know because I forgot to charge my Garmin and it died halfway through. Still, day 1 of habit changing challenge = complete! 20 days to go.

Flights to Buffalo just came down and are ridiculously inexpensive – $158 roundtrip. That’s cheaper than taking a Greyhound bus there! I’m thinking about doing the Niagara Falls marathon this weekend, especially since I won’t be free to do another marathon until November 16, which is almost a month away. It won’t count for a state (I’m using the 2009 NYC Marathon as my New York), but I could count it for Ontario, which would give me two provinces done in case I want to “collect them all” in Canada too. Hotel would be free thanks to points, and I don’t think I need a car, so that’s pretty inexpensive overall for a marathon trip. And I’d get to meet Marci! Now, I know what her (biased) opinion will be, but what does everyone else think – should I do it? I miss marathoning!


  1. Congrats on finishing day 1! You are motivating me to do a challenge too. I’ll decide on something and post it on my blog soon. I think the marathon this weekend sounds like a good idea since you know you won’t be able to do another one soon.

  2. Great job not eating processed carbs! If your knee is feeling good then do the marathon – trust what your body says.

  3. Dude, you’re crazy. But if the knee is okay, go for it.

  4. I should go for it too LOL. I could tape my foot up and probably pull it off! We’ll be insane together I guess :-).

  5. Oh do it! If the travel is relatively cheap what’s there to stop you?

  6. Geez…you are a crazy woman! I could not even imagine running so many marathons in such short of time. But I say…if your knee can handle it–go for it!

    Good jon on the carbs…I made it through a day without any processed sugar! Go US!

  7. Congrats on avoiding the bread. I sooo don’t have that kind of self control. lol.

  8. if you are feeling good might as well sign up :) especially since you cant do another one for a while! but if your knee is hurting then maybe say no??? :) that sounds like such an awesome race!

  9. Wow, that is some serious self restraint!! Good job Laura! Ok, starting today, I’m trying to cut down on the processed carbs, too. Notice, I said: cut out. Not completely but cut out a lot of it! ;-)

    How is your knee doing? Is it better? If so… I would think about doing the marathon this weekend!

  10. LOL!! Great job avoiding the bread. That is so hard….I usually say, “Oh, just one bite…” and then it’s over. Feels like an accomplishment, huh? Go for it with the marathon if you’re pain-free. You don’t want to regret it, and the weather will be soooo cold soon. Enjoy fall while you can!

  11. How about doing 2:1 or 1:1 run/walk intervals for the first half, and seeing how your knee is holding up ~ if it’s good, switch to your normal running pattern, and if it’s bad, walk the second half?

    If you think you can do it, and you don’t do it, you’ll probably feel regret.

    On the other hand, there will always be other marathons. I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide!

  12. You are great, doing all that running! You are inspiring. I love reading how you rehash your races!

  13. go!!! I just got back from a trip to Rochester and it’s beautiful up by the lakes –and flying the best option with gas prices!!
    congrats on avoiding the bread -I have a head time doing that as bread is my favorite. Could eat an entire loaf of Whole foods sourdough in a day easy.

  14. Hell you know what I think! But congrats on avoiding the bread

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