I haven't posted a blog here for a while, because while we were gone on vacation for almost 2 weeks, I had my blogs set to auto post at my actual blog. I wrote a lot of blogs about our trip also, and there are lots of photos, so be sure to check it out if you're interested. You can get to my blog by visiting my facebook page, From Fat to Fit. I can't post the link here.
Lately my running has been lacking. I have been alternating running with the Jillian workouts, but when we were on vacation I only worked out a few times and then I was sick when we got back. It's also been raining a LOT. Jeff's work schedule has changed over the last month, and with the kids home for summer, I can't run whenever I want to. So, I end up doing other workouts.
I'm not trying to make excuses, just saying what's up. Lately I've been having insomnia issues again. It's very hard to force myself up at 5:30 when I got 4 hours of sleep. Last night before bed I set my alarm to get up early. After tossing and turning a lot and barely sleeping, I forced myself to get up. It was still dark and I got up and dressed, opened the front door, and it was raining. *sigh*
I stood on the front stoop, grumbling and stretched a bit. I watched a hummingbird darting back and forth, and up and down around the gladiolas. It's always fun watching them.
I'm not a wuss, but I don't like to run in the rain. If I didn't wear glasses I'd run in the rain more often. It's very hard to see where I'm going and I have to wipe them off constantly, which is annoying! Even though I didn't want to run in the rain, I decided I would, rather than miss another run. I ran the other evening when it was still 89 degrees, and I thought I'd die, so I didn't want to put it off, and I was just in the mood to run.
The other thing I hate about running in the rain is that I can't bring my phone. I wear it in an armpocket which is water resistant, but I still worry about moisture getting in there and ruining the phone, so I left it behind. Jeff hates for me to run without it, in case something happens, and I usually never leave it, but I figured I just wouldn't go too far from the house.
When I started out, it was just a light rain, not much more than a drizzle. About 3-4 minutes into the run it started to come down harder. I was so aggravated, but there was no way I was going to give in and go home. The temp was actually good, and I think I'd enjoy running in the rain more if I didn't wear glasses. I had to stop several times to wipe them off and at one point I couldn't see well when it really started pouring, and I tripped over a tree root. I didn't fall, but still. That was annoying.
In the summer when it's hot and humid I have a harder time running, and it's discouraging. I just don't breathe as well and so I am much slower. In the winter I could run 3 miles in 30 minutes or under. This morning it took me 31:23. I guess that's not bad, but it's slower than what I've been doing, and I did slow down and stop for a few seconds here and there, too.
When I got home, my kitty greeted me and was screaming for her food. lol Every morning she meows like she hasn't eaten in a week. I took a photo of myself, and I don't look wet in the picture, but I was soaked. My socks were squishy and I could wring water out of my hair like I'd washed it. My clothes were soaked, and I couldn't wait to get in the shower.
Photo: Ran 3 miles this morning in the rain. I long for perfect running weather. Can it be fall now?
I know I look weird in that picture. :) I was trying not to blink, because I always do that, and when I concentrate I make weird faces. Jeff makes fun of me because I'll stick my tongue out when I concentrate. :D
Once I got showered, I got online for a bit, and everyone was still asleep. Jeff isn't feeling well. He caught the chest cold I had, and he is coughing much worse than I was, and my cough was pretty bad. He sounds like he's going to cough up a lung! It was so quiet, and I was getting my breakfast together when Abby came in the kitchen. She wanted scrambled eggs, but she likes to help make them, so I let her with supervision. :) I had an open-faced egg and cheese sandwich. It's 1 egg with one slice of provolone on ezekial bread, and 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt with blueberries and some cinnamon.
After breakfast I had some coffee and decided to spend some time answering more e-mails. I've gotten a lot more since they featured my success story here yesterday. :)
Sometimes I find it so hard to feel like a success. There are days where I still struggle so much (mainly with the eating) and I still am not at goal weight. I have kept off my weight though, and lost over 150 pounds, which is a success, but I guess I think of people in magazines that always seem to have perfect tight bodies after losing a ton of weight. Mine certainly doesn't look like that.
I'm still up 4 pounds from the last few weeks of vacation and being sick. I am back on track with eating, so hopefully I'll be back to the 160s again soon. It's very frustrating to have a gain. It seems to take forever to lose it back.
Do you ever workout in the rain?