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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

At what point did running become somewhat easy? Three weeks ago, if you asked me if I could run a mile, Iíd tell you that itís like walking down a dark alley in a bad neighborhood at night: Iíd probably survive, but it wouldnít be a pretty thing to see and itís best left avoided. Somehow, in less than three weeks, Iíve run two separate 5Ks, Iíve run a 5K on the dreaded demon treadmill, and last weekend, a 4.3-mile run. In under 10-minute pace, no less. I still havenít figured out this runnerís high thing. Either itís bullsh*t or Iím not yet crazy enough to run far enough to experience it. But I can run for 42:38 straight so far, and itís just getting easier. Thatís not to say Iíll be running the Holiday Half this weekend, but itís a nice start.

So Monday was my birthday, and as Iíd planned, I attempted to make a day of it. After hitting the gym and running a (fairly easy) 33-minute 5K, I hit the Jack in the Box for what I remembered to be some delicious grub: a Supreme Breakfast Croissant, a chicken sandwich, and two tacos. As I ate them, I noticed something a little disconcerting. They just werenít that good. The results for the rest of the food I had that day were mixed. Kettle Chips Sea Salt and Vinegar were exactly as good as I remembered (so damn good), fruit pies were decent but not good enough to waste 450 calories on, and Chinese buffet was similarly just OK.

Iím finding that there are a lot of foods that I used to convince myself that I love that are just not very good. Itís a bit of a scary thought, especially since I was the first to accuse people of lying when they claimed not to enjoy their old faves. But itís true. I didnít have any McDonaldís on Monday, surprisingly, but I canít imagine I would love it. I can make a better burger. I bet I could make better Chinese pretty easily. I make damn good food and I feel better after I eat it. You know what eating 5000 calories does to you? I know what it does to me. It makes me sluggish, and irritable, and uncomfortable. I donít like feeling any of those ways.

So as I mentioned, Sunday is the Holiday Half. Itís going to be a walking event for sure, but the 22nd is my first shot at upping my number. The running club Iím in has an event planned for that day that involves running a 1.5-mile loop as many times as one can in 60 minutes. I certainly want to run 4.5, but my goal is to push myself to finish six miles in that hour. Can I do it? I donít know. Iíve never run six miles before, and Iíve only run sub-10 minute pace once in my life. But if I come to the start/finish line after my third lap and Iím on pace, you can bet Iíll have a go at it.

Itís kind of strange to think that Iím slowly turning into a ďrunnerĒ. Even as Iíve begun running, I still donít feel like a runner. I know that thereís no set definition and if I run Iím a runner and all that stuff. But I feel like thereís some disconnect between myself and the people that I identify as ďrunners.Ē For some reason, I see runners as those who are consumed by running. Is that true? Do they hang out with the other runners talking about splits and wearing their very short shorts? I only see them at running events, so maybe they have entire lives that I donít know about and they are actual human beings and Iím an asshole for treating them like automatons. Then I read my previous paragraph and realize it was all about split times, though not about very short shorts. So be warned, I might be buying some very very short shorts soon.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEE797 12/16/2012 3:38PM

    You've come a long way. I know you can do anything you set your mind to do. Interesting on the food not tasting as good as you remember it. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon emoticon

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 12/15/2012 9:30PM

    Josh, I am just so proud of you!

I also think it is try that your tastes do change and some things you are able to easily recognize are just not worth it while others are still so good that you will work to find a way to still have them as a treat. I think the other thing at work here is that you are smarter now and know that although that taco is tasty it not tasty enough to have to work it off and feel guilty for eating it.

Lately, I have thrown food away because i wanted it and then when it wasn't really good I asked myself if it was a worth the calories. If the answer was NO, it went in the trash. I know, that just CRAZY but it works and felt really good!


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SOFT_VAL67 12/13/2012 9:48PM

    i ate two pieces of bourball candy in honor of your birthday!!! yes, that really was the reason i ate them.
i have never considered running, im still learning to walk....maybe after i lose a few more pounds and then a few more, i might start trying to jog.
i will be totally embarrassed when i do, but i will give it a try.
really think you are right about losing interest in the foods and the taste for them, i no longer feel the overwhelming need for mcnuggets, the little gold crispy pieces of crust, i once called heaven, or the cold crispy fizzle of an ice cold coca cola...i can live and probably alot longer and happier without them.
i would eat a mcnugget but not the cola....
really hope you had a good sure to post pics of you in your short shorts and maybe buy eight or ten different colors!!! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 12/13/2012 5:37PM

    I've noticed the same thing about food, and I've not lost nearly (by far) as much weight as you have. If you think about it a bit, it does seem logical. Our tastes were very different when we were kids than as adults. Since we've been re-educating our palate to appreciate good food cooked well, I expect that our tastes will continue to evolve. Isn't that a wonderful thing?? I'd rather eat a large salad with lots of different veggies than...than...a cupcake or piece of regular cake. Now pie I'd have to really think about, especially if it was homemade pie.....

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FITAT50 12/13/2012 12:26PM

    You can do anything you set your mind to! Oh, and you ARE a runner! I'll send you a link that I found when I started running and questioned myself.

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LOU1DAY 12/13/2012 1:01AM

    emoticon There you are! In your short shorts!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 12/13/2012 12:06AM

    Yay team! You rock!

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ALLISON145 12/12/2012 9:47PM

    LOL! Great job on the running. The 'good' stuff never tastes as good when you've been cooking your own meals for a while, thats for sure.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/12/2012 8:47PM

    Excellent! Your blogs are always inspiring to me.

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JENNIEONFIRE 12/12/2012 8:44PM

    The realizations you have had really show your progression from where you were to where you are now. Your body now knows what the difference between comfort food and food that gives you what you need nutrition wise. Now though, your mind feels the same way. Eating that fast food just isn't the same anymore because it won't help you with your run and it's not really flavorful. Kudos to you-Get on with those short shorts and amazing running :)

I hope to be a "runner" in the near future myself-I'm still trying to find my grove of how far to push.

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MAGGIEVAN 12/12/2012 8:08PM

    I dare you ... buy it and wear it. Once day Josh other people will mention your running status and you will be saying to yourself..."I guess that is true!". One don't notice the little steps. A Spark article is saying it is taking up to a year for you bones to get used to being a runner. Give it and yourself time. Keep your sense of humour and push forward. I believe you can!

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GRATTECIELLA 12/12/2012 6:49PM

    Very inspiring that you are turning into a runner. Maybe someday I will be one as well. emoticon emoticon

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