Wow! You're blazing trails ALL over! Once we start dropping the pounds, it can be amazing what we accomplish.
Last week when I had access to a fitness facility while staying at a hotel with loads of time on my hands I found myself clocking in 6-7 miles or more each day on the elliptical and treadmill (combined). Plus strength-training with free weights. It felt wonderful!
I'm still too self-conscious at my present size to consider any marathon, JUST yet, but it is definitely on my "bucket list!" (for those of you who haven't seen that movie, you have REALLY missed something!)
Thx so much for the inspiring update!
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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver
Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer
"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha
So far so good... :) I'm 3 weeks in and no sign of giving up. My pace on my own seems to be a steady 12 mins/mile (with a touch of walking plus mostly running). Things DRASTICALLY improved when I bought running shoes that help correct my pronation (that means my feet roll inwards something wicked) So far the farthest I've run is 4.36 miles around my neighborhood, and I come home feelign jazzed and pumped, not tired. They don't want us to run to exhaustion in my training program!
The other piece of this is that I'm getting MUCH more active in the cause. It gets me out of the house when I don't feel like it, and it really helps me stick to the "do something physical every day" promise I've made myself - this isn't just for me anymore, its for 130,000 AIDS/HIV sufferers in the Bay area and countless others who will benefit from prevention and education programs. This group has also been a *BIG HELP* with that Feb challenge - I honestly think that gave me the confidence to even sign up.
I'm hoping that I'm somewhat of an inspiration to you guys as well - I honestly think anyone who sets their mind to it CAN do this. if I can, so can you! After all, I was the fat girl who never got picked for any teams 20+ years ago. I've never seen myself as an athlete, and I KNOW I can succeed. And I need your help. Part of my commitment to this is to raise $1800 for the SF AIDS foundation. If anyone here is inspired by this and believes in the cause, if you could stop by my donations site at www.aidsmarathon.com/participant.asp ?r unner=SF-1443&Year=2008&EventCode=SF08 Any amount you can contribute to this cause keeps people living full and healthy lives, and keeps me running strong. Thanks so much for all the support so far and looking forward to the next 5 months of training!
I don't have time to do the things I can do, so it doesn't seem important to worry about the things I can't do. ---Stephen Hawking
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