Friday, September 28, 2012
Nearly 6 months since my last blog post, perhaps you can guess what's been going on with me.
Yup. I've been roaming around without a wagon again!. Looking back I can see the frustration that was building with the running and training and the hard time I was documenting with learning to run.
And looking at now I can see, quite clearly, that a full fledged swan dive off the wagon has meant 15 lbs back on and not a vegetable or fruit in sight in my kitchen.
And looking forward I see a fork in the road. get worse is sorta a straight, yet downward sloping path from where I'm standing and a narrower, slightly uphill path curves off to the right.
Now it's a matter of choices. Being here and logging back in is, at least, the first right path choice I've made. If I made one I can make others I bet!
So let's see.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I signed up for my 1st ever 5k. Scary enough for those who have trained but I'm not even a runner! yet anyway. I have, however been working 3 or 4 sometimes 5 days a week since January and I think I'm ready to step the pace up a little bit.
I've tried c25k before. It was paced a little bit fast for me so I'm not sure how well I'll do, but even if I have to stop and walk during the race (as long as I stay the heck out of the way) at least I have a set goal and something new I'm working towards.
The race is June 9th. If I 'attempt' to embark on the c25k program again I can do this! It fits exactly in the program time-frame! Fate? Luck? who knows but I'm taking it to mean I not only am supposed to do this...
I. CAN. DO. THIS!!
Anyone else traveled this journey before able to offer some encouragement and especially some advice?
Friday, March 23, 2012
I've always wished I could be a runner. I've always admired runners as I see them go by. They look healthy and lean and fit! They don't looks lumbery and winded and ridiculous!
And I've tried a couple of times to join the ranks of those who run (/jog), but have never felt I had much success or was too intimidated or (when I tried it on a treadmill) bored.
I actually have an even longer list of running complaints/excuses:
can't breath - winded very fast
stitch in my side
no where to carry water
nothing to wear
I don't have an ipod
my ipod isn't loaded with good music
my earbuds fall out
I saw a bee
can't find a pony-tail holder (yes I stretch these excused out!)
But last night our coach for the county wide shape up challenge I joined at the beginning of the year took us out for some fresh air and we went on a 3 mile journey. She said she'd jog with whomever wanted to.
I thought I'd give it another try... so off we went. She, Bridget, has lead running groups before so she started me on the program she starts other beginners on. Run 30 seconds walk 30 seconds repeat. Easy enough to remember. While we did this we talked some...and that alone helped sooooo much! to have someone with me, to not be alone in my head. Plus we talked about her fitness journey and my issues with running. She had some solutions and some advice and it helped too!
I realized about 1/4 of the way into this experiment that my shins hurt when I started but the pain had leveled off and seemed to be decreasing. And 30 on 30 off made it so I wasn't totally winded and could catch my breath in the 30 off section and be ready for the 30 on. It was awesome!
At one point she said, ok now run from here to the end of the block (long block, actually nearly 1/4 of a mile) I couldn't quite make the end, but Bridget looked at her watch and told me I made it 1:37. For me...huge progress!! :)
We did the 3 miles in a smidge under 45 minutes. And I was a sweat ball! AND I was HAPPY!! I'd had sooo much fun and enjoyed the trek so very much! And best yet, when I told Bridget I had always wanted to be a runner, she said she believed I could be!
And just that encouragement made a huge difference too! I'd love to find someone to run with now, someone at my level so we could continue this discovery and encouragement, but if I can't I think I'll give this running thing a real go anyway!
Like my weight loss journey, I know I can take this at my own pace and allow it to grow as my body needs and not to fit anyone else's mold.
And I like that! And I know I can do that and all the excuse blow away like so much dust and I think tonight I may just feel like running again!
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