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Saturday, June 18, 2011

So, you see that picture from the race I did in January 2011? That is me with my running buddy Jessica. We trained together leading up to the race and kept each other going. We run at very different paces but we made each other show up. I run at about a 10 minute mile and she runs at like a 7 minute mile. She actually placed too in this race for her age group.

Ok, so it was great having a friend to help motivate me to run daily. However, Jessica got pregnant with baby 2 and can no longer run. So we walk together everyday. We walk about 3.75 miles just about everyday. Do you know where I'm going with this?

So...as much as I love walking I feel like I need to start running again. I want to keep losing weight and I'm stuck again at about 145. Now I can run alone in the mornings or something and still walk with her in the evenings but it's hard to motivate myself to go alone. She feels really bad about not being able to run and some nights she tries her best to run even though she isn't supposed to but can't run very long at all. I also feel bad if I run ahead while she walks behind.

I guess I need to just bite the bullet and run alone in the mornings if I really want to do it. It's tough though, not going to lie.

Any thoughts or suggestions on this?? Anyone else go through this? What did you do? emoticon
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    Thanks Jess for the tips, I need to just run alone. It's kind of easier that way because I run at such a slow pace. I also feel better because then I don't feel so slow trying to catch up with my friend all the time and feeling bad when she has to wait for me. I'm thinking of running another 5k in the Fall for breast cancer so I need to start getting out there again.
    2531 days ago
    Tricky situation... I think that the morning is prob a smart choice cuz you don't have all day to talk yourself out of it. What about a short run? I do the thing where I tell myself, "okay, just 25 mins" and a lot of times it's easier to do more than I planned once I get going. So maybe a quick run in the morning and then a leisurely walk with your friend? Sounds like you are motivated, so I know you can do it!!
    2532 days ago
    Thanks Jen, my husband is on the night shift at work too a lot of the time so it's hard to try and run with him. I'll figure out something with a new routine. emoticon Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
    2533 days ago
    I am going through this right now. I am trying to get into running. Everyone I know lives a bit further away and no one can join me. My husband works second shift and doesn't get home until late so he is not up early enough for a run, and it is getting too warm for it later in the day. I get so tired of walking everywhere. I know I can burn more calories if I could just run, even if it was alone. I completely sympathize with you. What I am going to try to do is get an MP3 player download some very peppy music and go with the dog for a run (more like drag my dog for a run) and if she won't go, I will push my kids in the stroller and listen to them laugh as far as I can run with them. I hope that it works.
    2533 days ago
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