Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I have been threatening to write a blog about how I pack a gym bag for some time. I think someone might benefit from it. Keeping a gym bag packed has been key in my transformation from couch potato to half-fast old lady fit jock.
I've even started writing the blog a time or two. I realize I have way too much to say on this and related subjects, but am not feeling the discipline it would take to get it down, condense it, and polish it, as the subject deserves.
So I've decided to take it in increments over a week or more. Expect a bunch of rambling. Perhaps I'll consolidate it when I'm done, but don't hold your breath!!
To become fit through consistent exercise means you have to develop new habits. Make exercise fit into your life. Schedule it. Although exercise in the morning is great for many reasons, if you aren't a morning person choose a time that works for you. I now often workout in the morning, but for years that would not have worked for me.
Decide what activity you are going to do and then:
1. Get the things you need.
2. Have them when and where you need them.
If you are exercising at home, you don't even need a bag. Lay out your exercise clothes so you see them first thing when you get up, especially if the first thing you intend to do is exercise. Even if you aren't going to exercise until much later, having the clothes there reminds you of your commitment to yourself for the day.
When I first started trying to exercise in the morning those tennis shoes with no backs were popular. I moved my treadmill that I hadn't used for years beside the dining room table and placed my backless shoes on them. More than once I did 10 minutes in my nightgown and those shoes. My friend who was a certified personal trainer teased me about exercising in my bedroom slippers, but it was a start. Somehow lacing up shoes seemed way too burdensome, but slipping on those tennies was easy and I felt ready to go. Was it the best way to exercise? No. But it got me started.
If you aren't exercising as regularly as you would like to achieve your goals, what is stopping you? Do you have what you need? Do you have it where and when you need it? Have you done everything you can do to make exercising convenient and easy for you to get started?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Here's a picture of my new shoes, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14:
I took them out this morning for a good half hour hot walk and I've got to say they don't feel like they need any breaking in. Just felt great -- an obvious big improvement over the shoes I had on yesterday. Even though today is not a running day, I had to jog a bit to just try them. Mmmmm.
I've named my dancing shoes with SparkFriends' help (Gingers - and we call my hubby's Freds) so I guess I must name my running shoes. Since I change them every 4 months or so I probably will need a good name that will go with junior, the third, the fourth, etc. I'm thinking. Suggestions wanted. I might want to name them "Rhondas" after my favorite local grand master runner. She runs a 5K in around 23 minutes at age 63! And she does a lot of volunteer work with kids running.
Got to admit as much as I like the way they fit, I'm not crazy about the colors - midnight blue, pinkie purple, grey-silver, neon orange, and white!!?! My last 3 running shoes were in the teal family, so most of my running clothes are blue-green. I actually looked at 3 stores (FitNiche, Kohls, and Bealls) for a shirt or outfit that looked good with these shoes and didn't find anything I liked. Guess I'll just be a hard core runner whose shoes are chosen for function, not fashion. Why won't the shoe manufacturers give us neutral color running shoes that would go with lots of clothes? I'd like grey-black or even beige-white. Anyone have influence with a shoe manufacturer? Or maybe this is a good business idea? Bet those neutral shoes would sell like crazy. Funny, but I don't think it is a conspiracy to sell more running clothes, as many of the shoe manufacturers are not the big names in running clothes. Very puzzling.
Anyway, I'm delighted with the fit and feel of my new shoes. Definitely Running Happy!!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Here are my new friends, Lisa and Lucas Smelser, at Lake Hollingsworth yesterday:
I met Lucas and Lisa at a Lakeland Runners Club meeting. Luke sat right next to me, said he was new to town, and asked me where to run, about running groups, what people wear to run here, about training plans, etc. He talked like he didn't know much about running. When I saw he ran the first two Watermelon Series Races in just over 26 minutes each I thought that was good. Both races they were both friendly and said hi to me. Then the third race he ran in just over 18 minutes. I was surprised to say the least! Then I saw he is working at my favorite running store, FitNiche. So I knew he'd just been pulling my leg. Kind of funny.
Then yesterday I followed his exploits on FaceBook. I saw that his wife was manning his support tent, but asking for help for 2 hours she had to work. Yesterday Lucas ran the Tick Tock Ultra (first annual) around Lake Hollingsworth. It started at 7:30am and finished at 7:30pm. Lucas won!! He ran 23 laps in 12 hours or 65.32 miles!! He got the trophy. He got $250. He won bragging rights for a full year!!!
So much for the new fellow in town I thought didn't know much about running!!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Oh, wow! I find this 99 year old woman amazingly inspiring:
Don't know that I'll be able to run in 34 more years, much less at record pace, but heavens knows I'm going to run as long as I can!!
Today my group ran the hills of south Lakeland, 80 degrees and 94 percent humidity, finishing 7.71 miles. My niece and nephew joined in with my group. Niece did great and finished strong; she'll be joining our group ongoing. My nephew did great for the first 5 miles or so, then started falling back. I stayed with him. We finished in 100 minutes, right at 13 minutes per mile pace. I so hope he doesn't get discouraged; he has come so far. I know he was disappointed. I enjoyed the run, felt like I got a good workout even with the slower pace, and was glad I was there to be with my nephew.
Week from today is my next 5K, the 4th and final race in our Watermelon Series. Hope to bring home some bling!!!
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