The ultimate compliment is having the woman you love tell you that you look good. And so it was when I logged into Skype yesterday and was greeting with an enthusiastic, "Baby, you look skinny!"
Somewhere in a magical land called Saipan, 214 lbs. is skinny. But 214 lbs. is so three days ago. When I got on the scale this morning a bright 212.9 shined back up at me, making me just barely fatter than I was the last time I decided I was so fat I had to lose some weight.
Still, running is going great. I didn't feel like 3.5 miles per day was enough, and doing it twice (7.0 miles) was too much, so I came up with the brilliant idea of finding a 4-mile course around the neighborhood. I still have to come up with a fun name for my four-mile course (I'm accepting suggestions), but I've run the as-yet-to-be-named course for three days now.
I've also been using my super fancy new watch to time my runs. I can hit 10-minute miles pretty consistently, at least for four miles. I took it easy yesterday and ran a bit slower, completing the trail in 44 minutes. When I finished I thought back to my college days. I remember we ran a four-mile time trial my freshman year. My time was 22 minutes something, about twice as fast as I am now.
I doubt I'll ever be in as good shape as I was when I was 17, but I can certainly do better than 44 minutes. I'm getting there, too. Not only does my girlfriend think I'm skinny, but today I realized that my jeans were sagging off my butt. There was a time in my life when I thought that was the height of fashion, now it's just indication that a big chunk of my ass has melted.
That makes Angelo happy!
So I ran 4 miles today, bringing my total miles logged for 2011 to 58.75. With 347 days left in the year, I have 1952.25 miles to go before I reach my goal of running 2011 miles in 2011.