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Why do I want to run?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I am having a terrible time motivating myself to go for a walk/run. (It's mostly walking, interspersed with running. At some point, my body will be able to handle running.) Now that I'm able to ride more, my motivation to walk or run at lunch has plummeted.

I know the walk/run benefits myoverall health. It's a weight-bearing exercise (and boy howdy, is there a lot of weight to bear!) which will help keep my bones healthy. Running burns calories faster than cycling. Getting outside at lunch always refreshes me. I've never regreted getting outside at lunch.

The only downside is that I have to be in court at 1:30 on the other side of the river. I have to leave work by 1:00 to be there early enough to have my files prepped & ready to go. (No one likes an unprepared lawyer.) So it's a bit of a scramble, but I can do it.

I think I've talked myself back into the walk/run at lunch. But it still puzzles me how little motivation I have. I view running as the way to keep from getting really fat during the winter (oh, to be a brown bear and hibernate!). There was a time I actually enjoyed running. I imagine that once I get down to around 170 pounds, running will be both easier and more enjoyable. Clearly, I need to find some motivation to keep me moving toward running. (Just so long as it doesn't take much time away from cycling!)

There's a part of me that wants to get into good enough condition to do a mini-triathlon. The down side is that I enjoy swimming even less than I enjoy running, and the swim is the portion of the tri that's hardest for most people. I live along a river, so I have ready access to "live" water. (As a lot of newbies triathletes discover, there's a huge difference between swimming in a pool and swimming in a natural body of water.) The Hub has even agreed to walk along the river while I'm swimming to serve as my "sag wagon" (if there is such a thing for swimming).

Hmmm - I will be 50 in 2 1/2 years. Maybe that would be a great way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of my birth - doing a mini-triathlon.

I think I just found my motivation. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 4/24/2013 12:27AM

  Good for you!!

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Kim's Tour Pro Moment

Monday, April 22, 2013

Took off down the road with my cycling glass still firmly wedged into my helmet. I felt very much like a pro. And heck, given all the painted-over penises that have been graffiti-ed onto the trail, it felt a little like France in July.

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SHERYLP461 4/22/2013 10:49PM

    Very cool glasses they are too!

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My incentive

Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm a team leader for our local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life. I want to buy this kit. Yesterday, I decided that when I get down to 185 pounds (and stay there for a week, so no short cuts!), I get to buy it. Yes, it's pricey, but I want it and we can afford it. teamcf.dnacycling.cc/ladies.html

And maybe Team Vanderkitten will be my incentive to get down to 165 pounds. www.vanderkitten.com/shop/product-ca



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As I was changing in preparation to ride my bike home, I discovered I didn't have shorts at work. I drove home. There isn't an emoticon sad enough to convey how that made me feel.

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CBLENS 4/18/2013 7:18AM

    we all been there...hopefully today you can get the ride in.

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FITANDFIFTY2 4/18/2013 12:37AM

    So sorry,, I know you will love the next day when you ride it home!! emoticon

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UMBILICAL 4/17/2013 11:11PM

  Another day

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Will Power is a Muscle - It Gets Stronger with Use!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Yesterday, I ignored my nagging craving to eat a second helping of the Hub's fabulous chicken florentine for lunch. (Because I commute by bike, I bring in several days' lunches at once.) I still ate too much at dinner, but I was pretty happy with myself for saying "no" to second lunch.

Today, I ran an errand during lunch. At first, I planned to swing by Taco Bell. Then I decided to swing by Fred Meyer's and pick up fried chicken strips & jojos. It was a pitched battle, but I talked myself out of both, and ate the lunch I brought from home. I may again eat too much at dinner, but I'm pretty happy with my will power workout. Two days in a row, I made a healthier choice for lunch. I'm going to keep working on this - maybe I'll have a massive outbreak of self-control.

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F1TFOREVER 4/17/2013 6:35PM

    Congrats!!! Lookings like you are building that muscle nice and big lol!!! ;) good job!

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