running into 2019

Dec, 28, 2018

Last holiday season, I gained about five pounds. Beginning early November through January, I drank about a 1/2 cup of eggnog in my coffee daily, drank excess wine, ate cookies and countless delicious, holiday meals. The eggnog alone works out to about 4800 extra calories over a month. There are 3500 calories in a pound, add in the holiday extras and you have… oh I don’t know…about five pounds.

Like all of us I set goals. Some of them, I’ve achieved. My goal this year has been to at least, maintain my weight. This season, I cut out regular eggnog and maintained my current weight of 146 pounds. At 5’4″ I’m having trouble buttoning my jeans and I’ve been joking about giving birth to my ‘food baby’.

My little belly has grown into a full-fledged tummy. In ten years I’ve put on an average of 1 pound a year. At first, I accepted it as aging. I thought hey, I’m in my 40’s. That apparently is a cop out. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) weight gain due to age is not inevitable. We simply become less active as we age. I ran ten miles for fun in my early 30’s…for fun. As I push 50, I’m ready for my little pouch aka the ‘food baby’ to go away. I’m ready for a new goal.

Ten pounds/years ago, I ran marathons. The last one I ran was the 2010 San Diego Rock’n’Roll. At 4 hours, 41 minutes the race was fun but painful. Here’s a post race photo.

Me, Layla and Karla (they did the 1/2…smart girls) June 2010

My PR (personal record is 4:35 at the 1998 Honolulu Marathon. My PW (personal worst) was Bellingham Bay Marathon (5 hrs and 13 minutes). To date, I’ve done seven full marathons so I know how to gut my way through which is not fun.

My mistakes seem really obvious now. I was inconsistent and about a month before most races, I slacked off training. Marathon training is a huge time and energy commitment. I didn’t push through those down turns and ended up suffering.

On Christmas morning, I signed myself up for the Vancouver Marathon May 5, 2019. This time I’d like to finish with a giant smile on my face saying, ‘that was fun’ (nod to Donna Janigo). I’m determined to succeed.

I have a few specific goals to for a happy race day:

  1. I will race fully trained. No skipped training runs.
  2. I will lose weight before the race. It’s a lot easier to run 26.2 miles without extra weight. Also, regular running is great for weight loss.
  3. I will stay injury free. No injuries = continued running= happy me.


It’s never too late to start a fitness goal. Pick something and go do it.

Don’t buy into the idea of aging. You can sit around and get fat all day but it’s not as fun as getting out and doing something.

Don’t let fear stop you from trying something. Even if I drag my carcass across the finish line after 6 hours and 59 minutes (there’s a 7 hour cutoff for the race) I’ll have finished another marathon.

More to read

The Best Running Tips of All Time | Outside Online

Team in Training | Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

BMO Vancouver Marathon

The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism | Independent

December 26, 2018

Paula Stokes

I love feeling good. I'm on a mission to feel well and sharing that info with you along the way.

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    December 30, 2018

    You can do it Paula! It’s always fun…. when it’s over!!

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