Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I ran with my sister last night and because my DH has a stomach virus (icky) and wasn't going with us, we went to the "hilly" trail. I usually can't run on Tuesdays because I have Girl Scouts with DD #3, but we didn't have a meeting last night. So, when we parked at the pavilion, the C25K runners were running on the "loop". This is the program that I took last April - June on Tues/Thurs. Anyway, they're at about Week 4 and boy did they look like they were struggling, especially when the dreaded whistle blew and they had to start running. My sister and I looked at each other and said "that was us"!
I'm really glad I saw that last night because I've been a little disappointed that it's still not "easy" to run the 3.1 miles. I thought by now I'd be running like a gazelle and a 5K would be eazy peezy. Not so much, but hey, 6 months ago I couldn't run for 2 min. and I thought I would die when she blew that whistle.
We started our run and I was feeling pretty good! The hills were a little hard since I've been running a flat trail for a couple of weeks, but I ran (or jogged, depending on how you look at it, but I prefer run!) the whole thing and then sprinted to the end. I probably did it in about 35 min. which is pretty good for me. I'm really looking forward to my next race on 10/15 and hope to beat my PR of 36:29.
I've come a long way baby!
Monday, October 03, 2011
I became a Lifetimer member at Weight Watchers the end of May. I've been at or below my goal since March. I share the same concerns about maintenance and keeping it off as a lot of people. I believe the percentage of people that "keep it off" is about 5% (not good odds). I also remember my Weight Watcher leader saying that the people that are the most successful with maintaining are those who continue to exercise.
Believe me, maintenance is not for sissies. Even armed with all these tips and knowledge, it's still a daily battle. We know what do do, after all we've lost all this weight, we've implemented this healthy lifestyle. Maintenance should be a "piece of cake" (I won't even go into the cake I had over the weekend!). Wrong - you're still faced with all the challenges you had before - not enough time to exercise or cook healthy meals, etc. Not to mention the cake!
I've attributed my success so far to the accountability of the Weight Watcher weigh in and my running. To maintain my lifetime status, I have to weigh in monthly and be either 2 lbs. +/- goal. So why is last Thursday (the second to the last day of the month), I still hadn't weighed in and was making excuses not to go (mainly because I thought I had gained!)? I was talking it over with my husband (who is not the most sympathetic guy!) and he said it sounded like to him, if I didn't go and weigh in, I'd be a "quitter". Well, I'm no quitter, so I gathered up my book and headed to the WW center. I'm happy to report, I was still below goal (not by much, but I'll take it!). We also ran that night, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do.
So, I'm no quitter and I just completed 6 months of maintaining - I'll take it!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The last couple of weeks have been weather paradise in North Georgia. We broke a record this year with over 90 days of temperatures 90+. I know that's nothing compared to Texas, but this started in early May and we had a miserable summer.
Anyway, as I mentioned above, the last couple of weeks have been great - in the 70's and low humidity. I mentioned to my husband on Tuesday that I wanted to run as soon as I got off work and not wait until taking DD#2 to basketball carpool since it's starting to get dark @ 7:30. He got off early yesterday, so when I got home @ 4:30, he was waiting in his running clothes ( he's been running a couple of days a week with me and is really doing well). So since I already committed myself, I got dressed and ready to go. I really didn't want to, I had a long list of reasons (main one being cramps!tmi) and it was back to being hot and humid!! Not 90, but it was in the high 80's.
We get to the flat trail, stretch and then I realize I didn't have my ear plugs or a watch (2 more reasons not to run!). He takes off and I keep to my pace. He passes me at the "turnaround" (he does the run/walk thing) and I kept plugging along singing little songs in my head and trying to estimate my time with the little .10 markers (I think I've mentioned before that running & math don't work for me). I looked around at where I was and realized I hadn't even run a mile yet! Am I running in place? I didn't think I was going so slow, but I clearly wasn't into it. I talked myself into keep going. I eventually saw my husband ahead and caught up. He was at one of his "walking" parts, so I told him to wait up and I was going to walk (we had probably done about 2 miles). He told me he was getting concerned that I had fallen because I usually catch up with him by now! My plan was to walk a little and then finish off the last .5 running. I just couldn't get started back up - although I think my walking was as fast as my running, but since I didn't have a watch, who knows.
Anyway, I guess the moral to my rambling is that even though I didn't want to go, I wasn't into it and I really "sucked", I did sweat, got in about 40 min. of exercise and had a nice walk at the end with my DH and an opportunity to actually talk! So, ignore your excuses, don't worry about how well you're doing and just enjoy the opportunity!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
We finally got rain in N. Georgia on Labor Day (from Tropical Storm Lee) and apparently some kind of cold front came in. We really needed the rain, but I feel so bad for the people that got hit with tornadoes & all the damage (1 county west of where I live - about 25 miles).
The cloudy skies and the cold front brought the temperatures down yesterday (the high was 75 degrees @ midnight). At 5:00 yesterday afternoon, the temperature was 65 degrees. It was cloudy and drizzly, but DD #1 and I decided to run. She's been hating the hot weather and has refused to run since her miserable time @ a 5K on 7/30. As I've mentioned, I've been struggling to run the entire time. So we set out last night to our "hilly" trail and I'm happy to report, I was able to run the entire time. I actually felt great - my legs were hurting a little, but I had no problem running. I sprinted down the big hill and finished in about 36 min. Not my best time, but I'll take it! I actually finished before my daughter.
It's still cool today (low 70's), so I'm dropping DD#2 off at basketball carpool and heading back to the trail. It will be back in the high 80's this weekend, so I gotta take advantage of this unseasonably cool weather. Bring on Fall!!
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