Aaron's Crazy Race

Day 10 -- A Great Day With A Diet-Busting Caloric Grand Finale

The whole TV show gang was working today so, once I got Holly to school and helped in the kitchen stocking goods, much of my day was consumed with work-related tasks. I didn't even seriously consider playing basketball and knew my return to the game would have to wait a few more weeks. Plus, if I got hurt playing ball, I would not be able to run in the Bolder Boulder. I also spent a good part of the day on matters related to the upcoming party for the Bixby School community on Sunday -- and ordered an extra full keg of root beer so there would be enough to drink. The final count was almost 350 people and that would exceed any event I ever hosted at my home.

Eating-wise, throughout the day I was very good. It was a first. I had a light breakfast, a healthy lunch consisting of quinoa and milk, a few snacks with Holly after school, and nothing else. When we went to the YMCA for Holly's Karate class, I was pleased to weigh in at 201. I also had avoided eating before running so I felt good when I hit the track at 7:02 pm. I was tired because I had not stopped since 3:00 am and feared I would slow down after just 10 laps. I also had forgotten to take any aspirin or ibuprofen and immediately regretted the oversight after only two laps.

This time, however, I felt fairly good after a dozen laps and decided I would try to run my goal of 75 laps without stopping. Just 74 minutes later, I had finished my run. I was tired throughout but felt good almost the entire time. The last 10 laps were difficult because I started to feel poorly -- with my stomach tightening up and my breathing becoming overly labored for no apparent reason. If I had just started, I probably would have ended the run but I was so close to finishing, however, that I refused to seriously consider stopping.

Holly, Zoe, and Joel had a great workout at Karate and, to celebrate, Randy and I took them to ICON Burger once again. I was exhausted and my now-starved fat cells were screaming for food. I blew my diet success for the day by consuming a hamburger, an order of fish-and-chips, a milkshake, five large Arnold Palmers, a cup of pickle slices (my vegetable for the day), and a massive extra pile of French fries and ketchup. In one fell swoop, I had abandoned the success of the day and added several thousand calories to my intake. It felt good.

Still celebrating her graduation, and after having had a four-hour "nap" (the equivalent of an entire night's sleep for me), Holly stayed up until midnight and I finally went to sleep at 1:30 am. We both were overtired but it had been a good day. Now I faced a stretch with no exercise in sight until Wednesday. I knew I needed to watch my food intake, get a lot of sleep, and find a way to exercise. The Race was looming. The odds were stacked against me like Pringles potato chips (make that sour cream and onion, please).

Note: To enter in the Bolder Boulder and run with Aaron, go to www.BolderBoulder.com.

NEXT: Day 11 -- Preparing For A Day Of Eating

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