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Saturday, October 13, 2012

I love running Friday night/Saturday morning. No matter where my dogs decide to take a poo I'm only steps away from a garbage can.
Big dog has a habit of having to go when he needs a break. I tell him how much he's messing up my run and passers by think I'm nuts. Normally I curse some more because I have to run with a poop bag for 5-10 minutes and that's pretty disgusting.
But last night I only had to run a few steps.

I admit I was worried about my run. It was W5 D3 and I just didn't think I was going to make it, it seemed like too big a jump. And.....I had a few beers beforehand which were such a bad idea but so delicious. Well, I thought they were a bad idea but maybe they were exactly what I needed.
Not only did I feel great and get through the cycles easily but when I got home and checked my pace (it's too hard to see what my pace is during the run, when I finish the program I've promised myself a Garmin) I saw that I had run faster than I usually do!

The beer probably wasn't what caused it, more than likely it was because I normally run tired in the morning and this time I was full of energy at night.
Either way, I'll take it!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

I am obsessed with running. Obsessed.
I read running blogs, running news articles, look up races in the area (even though I haven't signed up for any yet) and read running books.
The trouble is I'm very slow and have very little endurance. I'm working on it but I keep waiting for some magical moment when I FEEL like a runner and have enough confidence to join a running group or sign up for another race.

Today was a huge step in that direction. I realized I'm just three workouts away from C25K's 20 full minute run- no walk breaks. AND my run this morning was sublime. I could have cried with joy afterwards. I felt like I could really push myself so I did and...I felt like a badass. Sure a turtle could have lapped me, but for me I was FAST. And it felt great!

My next step will be to find some running friends. Not being a very social person make it hard to just join a group, but I need it. Oh how I need it. My husbands eyes gloss over when I talk about pace and distance and the euphoria. He needs a break from my obsession and I need to find someone who's equally obsessed.

I just need to get just a little bit faster first. :/

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TRICIAE2 10/12/2012 8:38AM

    I'm right there with ya!! I am on C25K Week 8 and loving it!! I have done a 5K and have signed up for a couple more. But I'm with you, I think I need to join some sort of running group. There is one here in town, but I'm afraid they will be much too fast for me. I've set myself a goal to join them in January, after a couple more months of running. Maybe I can build some speed and endurance. I would so run with you if I could!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Whenever I quit checking in on Spark I essentially stop holding myself accountable for diet and exercise. I do what I want and eat what I want and am somehow angry that I find myself gaining weight. You'd think after 2+ years of watching this cycle I would have learned my lesson!

So I'm back...again. I never stopped exercising but I did go hog wild on eating and drinking. So here I am, once again, trying to shed the extra extra weight and get in better shape. This time my body is rebelling against the weight gain and I've noticed some aches and pains. What a wake up call, this cannot continue.

I really want to start running again. That's my goal. No matter how slow and how brief the run, 3 times a week. I started this morning. :)

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KEROLEEN 10/11/2012 1:30PM

    I can't figure out how to respond to individual comments, and I must adjust my setting because I didn't even know until right now that I HAD comments!

Thank you all so much for your support!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/24/2012 10:58AM

    GREAT attitude , emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDYHELP 8/24/2012 10:47AM

  emoticon you can do this. Start off slow and no telling where you will end. Great attitude it's the I will do this!. Welcome back. As humans it does take us a few times around the block to realize we are right back to square one "sparkpeople" emoticon emoticon Judy

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BOMBSHELLY 8/24/2012 10:44AM

    Welcome back to you. I'm on week 3 of the 5K Your Way challenge. I highly recommend! You go, girl!

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DOLLFACEDX 8/24/2012 10:40AM

    Exactly the right attitude - no matter how slow and how brief - all fitness activity is good activity and it will build over time. . .and the benefit starts immediately.

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LRK4CHRIST 8/24/2012 10:39AM

    Start back running. Its sometimes hard to start again but u can do it. We're human. We're not machines. We don't do the same thing everyday. So get back on it and start running. U can do it!

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Jumping in

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Coming back to Spark after 2 years of casually ignoring that I had joined.
I needed to do SOMETHING.

My first goal here was to collect points, specifically enough points a day to earn a 'bonus spin'. I want to up my level and I really don't even know why, just that I want it.

On taking quizzes and reading blog entries and taking polls solely for the purpose of earning points I've learned a bunch. This must be the idea the super smart Spark creators had in behind the point system.

My focus now, based on what I've learned through trivia questions I believe, is to get involved in this community. This will probably be just as hard for me as my fitness journey. I'm more of a silent observer than a jump in and join the crowd type, but dammit I'm going to do it.

This blogging is my version of dipping my toe in the water. Speaking of... tonight the family and I will patrol the beach for 4 hours (this counts as exercise right??) filling in holes, picking up garbage and watching sea turtle nests to make sure the hatchlings go to the water. We're armed with a night vision camera, red light flashlights, and excitement. Chances are we won't see a hatch out tonight because we're doing to early shift, but we can hope.

Wish me luck.

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MOONANGEL23 7/10/2011 8:53AM

    Congrats on finding your way back. Points are a great motivator for me too and I learned a lot as well by reading the articles, blogs, etc. The more involved you are in the SP community, the more likely you'll stick to the program and succeed. I've found commenting on others' blogs and in the forum threads also motivates me.

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    emoticon on coming back! I also found that in the beginning that points was a great motivator for me and still is... but not for the same reason. Before, I wanted points just to get points. But now, I love the points because they are a visual proof of all that I accomplished that day!

And yes, I definitely think that counts as exercise... fun exercise!

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