Saturday, July 19, 2014
I simply won't run on a treadmill! I've tried it. (Yawn) It's excruciatingly boring! For that matter, so is running at the track.
I am a road-runner! Beep! Beep!
I love tearing up the streets and having new scenery to look at. And new dogs to antagonize! And cars to dodge and wave at. The miles go by so much quicker!
I love pushing up the hills and coasting back down. I like to be in the moment and enjoy each as it passes by. On a treadmill, the moments are infinitesimal. At the track, they are tedious. On the road, each new moment grips me before the last one passes. It is like turning the pages to a very good book.
Unless the weather is extremely bad, I will be outside running the roads!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
I'm down 35 pounds from where I started and it has made a huge difference in my life. I feel like I've really accomplished something and I'm so much more happy with my body and what it can do. So I celebrated this milestone with a hyper-active vacation but now I realize I've been coasting (maintaining) for a couple of weeks. It's time to push on to the next leg of the journey. It is harder because I'm not so unhappy with my body and I am craving what other people get to eat. But it's time to get serious again and keep pushing for the long haul--and just think what another 35 pounds will do for me!
To be honest about how bad I've gotten, I will tell you a little story. My boss broke her hip on Independence Day by slipping on an American flag, no less, so I've been running the agency all week. On Monday, I discovered her box of Peanut Butter Fudge Cookies that she keeps in her desk drawer. It was a full box. I counted to be sure but put them back and told myself to behave. Needless to say, it was a stressful, hectic week for me. Thursday, I pulled out those cookies "to share with the lady who comes in afternoons to answer phones." She said, "Well, we wouldn't want the rats to get them!" We each had two cookies. 140 calories. I put them back. Friday, I was working alone and all of a sudden, all I could think about was those damn cookies! I went on auto-pilot and finished the whole box! 1050 calories. Now, of course, I will buy her a new box to replace them. ( I thought about blaming it on the rats--maybe chew a corner of the box.) But I won't buy that box too soon, not until she is coming back, because I don't want to do this again! So this is it. I'm back to this again!
Like I said, it's time to get serious about the next leg of the journey. I need to focus on the good foods that I like to eat and not focus on the foods to avoid. I am running so much more that it should help with the weight loss, but I know that the food has to be right for it to work or no amount of running will help. Celebration is over.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Running is my passion. It helps me focus in a way that I never have before. It gives me an awareness of my body, my breathing and my energy. When I run, it is like a meditation. And when I'm done the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming. I feel invincible. It is the Runner's High.
Running gives me a goal to focus on, apart from losing weight. And it helps me get to my weight loss goal, too. I have short term goals for distance and pace and long term goals to prepare for events in the future. I set goals for the frequency of my runs, at least four to five times a week and I set goals for different routes.
I might have bitten off a bite too big: I signed up for a half-marathon in October and then because I felt so good about my training for that, I signed up for a marathon next February. I'm pretty nervous about the marathon, but I have eight months to prepare. I have been running longer runs again, since I recovered from being sick three weeks ago. The hardest part about running right now in Texas is that I have to run really early or really late because of the high heat. I am trying not to let it cut into my sleep. Sleep is so important for me. I must get my eight hours or I feel it the next day. The best time for me to run is at eight o'clock at night when the temperature drops down to 85 degrees. I save my longest runs for Saturday mornings around six AM. I can't wait for Fall. When the temperature drops, my performance will get a sudden boost. I will be able to run a lot farther. I can't wait!
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