20 days, 16 weeks and 4 miles
Sunday, July 24, 2011
It's been awhile since I blogged so here I go ... a little rusty and dusty ....
My plan lately is amping up the fitness (alot) and it feels good. I'm trying to make it a natural part of everyday .... like a routine ... how ironic!
So, today was day 20 of consecutive workouts. I joined the 10 mins/fitness team just because I notice that Chris Downey had a new goal of 1000 days of exercise. If he can do 1000 - I can at least do 150 before tax season starts again, and who knows, maybe I can manage 10 minutes a day during tax season too! That is my hope. I want exercise to be as natural as getting up and having to tinkle in the morning! I don't want to agonize about doing it or not .... I'd rather spend my time thinking about what awesome exercise outfit I will wear and WHAT I will do ... NOT .... IF I will do it!
I'm also on week 16 of 90+ minutes of exercise.
And, last night, I ran 4 miles. Not much for some of you but I was pretty happy with myself. The truth is that I'm still learning to be a runner. I usually train, then run a race (like SF's Bay to Breakers) and I'm done. No race - No running! But this year I've tried to incorporate running AFTER the race - how novel huh? LOL. I've been running at least 3 miles, 2x a week since May. But, last night was the furthest I ran since my last 5K; 4 miles. It wasn't easy for me but I did it. After 3.25, then 3.5 miles I wanted to stop. I had to dig deep .... and I have to tell you what I kept telling myself (something I read and adopted from another blog). CAN is CAN'T with the T eliminated (negative THOUGHTS!). Yes, I am one of those people that has negative mind-chatter ... but last night I told myself .... I can do it ... I'm doing it for me ... because I care about myself. Those thoughts and the goal of making myself proud is what got me to the 4 mile market last night. I think I'll sign up for SF's Bridge to Bridge to keep the motivation strong and keep the miles coming! The longer run felt great AFTER it was over :)
Also, I might add that I was a bit slower than I would have liked .... I was wondering ... from anyone that might know ... is endurance more imporant than time for a semi-beginner? I read on SP it was ... but it seems like both matter.
Then, finally, you'all might be wondering about my weight. It's not moving much ... I was on a plateau for months. But, I can feel myself coming off it. I don't have a digital scale but I know I am down at least .50 (yes, 1/2) a pound! I know that sounds ridiculous but I'm not worried about it. I trust the process. I'm taking large (ugly) fat deposits and replacing them with lean, dense, beautiful muscle that one day I'll want to show off! My clothes are looser and things are looking good. The scale will move again and I'll be patient!