Saturday, December 29, 2012
Hi Everyone -- I've been a little scarce around here lately and I'm not promising that that's going to change, but it just might. In the meanwhile, I've started a new public blog and wanted to share it with you here. I'll be blogging about running, motivation, health, vulnerability and who knows what else as I work on establishing my new running and life coaching business Run To Your Life...
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Friday, March 09, 2012
I am a bit amazed to realize that I am celebrating four years of running this week.
In that time, Iíve logged more than 3000 miles. I havenít taken a break longer than a few days except last summer when I injured my back.
Iíve run in at least 12 states from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and Costa Rica.
This spring Iíll add Missouri and Vermont to the list.
Iíve run in at least 30 of the 351 towns in Massachusetts (yes, I keep lists)
Iíve run morning, noon and night. Through snow and heat. On vacation and during my hardest periods at work. I've run 6 miles down a mountain in a raging thunderstorm at 4:30 am and Iíve run on a deserted beach at dawn. Iíve had fabulous runs, crappy runs, and lots of just average runs. Iíve had to struggle to get out some days, but have never regretted doing so.
Though it all Iíve met friends from all across the country who Iíve laughed with and cried with through our adventures. Most of them also discovered running late in life and we are all having so much fun. I've run dozens of 5ks and 10ks, 8 half marathons, one marathon and the Hood to Coast Relay. And I found a new best friend who is also my running partner.
Itís been a grand adventure. As Bart Yasso says ďnever limit where running can take youĒ Ė and thatís both a physical and a mental thing. Running has taken me to new destinations, but also to a new place mentally.
Iíve gained confidence that I can do anything that I put my mind to doing. Iíve learned that even after a lifetime of couchdom, I can get fit, and stay fit for the long haul. I've struggled to get faster and also learned to be satisfied with what I can do. Iíve introduced friends to running and celebrated their accomplishments and become a certified running coach.
Four years ago I sweated and struggled through my first minutes of the Couch to 5K program. I was miserable and it was hard, but I had decided that I needed to start to exercise if I was going to get the weight off and keep it off. That was Ė without a doubt Ė the hardest mile Iíve ever done.
I only wish I had started sooner.
Happy running, friends and here's to many more adventures together!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
So it wasn't that I hadn't written goals, but I just wasn't ready to post them when it came time for the annual posting of goals and resolutions that seems to happen at the beginning of every year here on Sparkpeople. And I know that because I've now "been there" -- meaning here -- for four years. Sometimes I've been losing, sometimes not, but I'm continuing to learn and grow and try new things.
During 2008 and 2009 when I first joined Spark I kicked butt, losing 50 pounds and taking on lots of new challenges. In the time since I've been up, down and sideways. I'm a daily weigher and daily logger. So I can look back over all those months and see trends. And frankly, I don't like what I see. Starting Weight 221. Goal 155. Got to 163 in September 2009. Got tired of it. 173 in January 2010. 180 in January 2011. 184 in January 2012. Are the warning bells ringing? You bet! It won't take too many years to be back where I started and THAT is not going to happen. So I thought hard about my goals for 2012 while I was on vacation over the holiday. I composted on them for a bit. I've tried them out over the past few weeks and am making a few tweaks and I'm finally ready to share... not goals, not resolutions, but my "will do" list for 2012. Because I need to kick things into higher gear and reverse the trend. And I'm heading back to basics. I've tracked my food every day but one (intentional) since January 1st. I've worked out everyday. I'm focused. I'm Jake with the hamburger and I've got the Eye of the Tiger. Sadly, there are only a few friends who will remember that Jake reference. But it's back there in those blogs somewhere.
Lab-lover's Will Do List for 2012
Health and Fitness
**16,000 exercise minutes, 750 miles of running and walking. Track on Sparkpeople.
**Successfully complete 100 days exercise challenge - 30 min/day of intention movement. Track on Facebook and plan 1 week ahead for workouts on calendar.
**Exercise at least once a week during the work day, and calendar this a week in advance to help make sure it happens. Track in "other goals"
**Strength/core at least 3- 4 times/week. Track in "other goals"
**5 half marathons - NH, VT, Missouri, Chicago and 1 more. Signed up for the first three to date.
**PR at one distance
**End new year lighter than it started (reverse the trend). Bonus - end 10 pounds lighter. Six pounds lost since January 1st.
**Use Spark to track food and exercise minutes.
**Calendar 1 hour of thinking and review time at work per week
**Change the way I use email (there are more specific here, but I need to make them more measurable to know that I'm on track)
**Stay more positive. Again, more specific here, but I don't want to share them.
**Coach another 5k class
**Take a least one coaching class for professional development
**Be intentional about carving out time for leadership development of younger staff at work
**Calendar more personal time to reduce the space taken by meetings - includes thinking time, exercise time
**Have a social lunch/meeting once a month.
**Move and settle
**Update our wills
I'm already making a lot of good progress and feel good about the year to come!
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