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Why I run

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I started running in Junior High. So I'm talking about the 1970s! We were running 220s, 440s, 660s, 880s thinking we were long distance runners. This was a sport I could be good at. I was never graceful enough for gymnastics, or coordinated enough for basketball or softball. I played all the sports, but found my niche in track.

In my 20s I discovered 10ks. I ran a lot. The furthest I ran was 10 miles. I was still fairly active in my thirties and forties, but circumstances led to a very sedentary life by the time I got to my fifties. At 56 I was overweight, out of shape, and tired all the time. I was weak and lazy.

My friend turned me on to Sparks People a year ago. I started to track everything I ate. I started walking my dogs every morning. Then I began jogging with my dogs. I felt good. I had a goal. I wanted to get to 137 lbs by January 17 for my niece's wedding.

Starting again was hard. My heals hurt so much I could barely walk. Then, at about November I had built up enough speed and mileage that my dog Loki couldn't keep up with me. I started to notice him limping around the house and even collapsing on his left rear leg. I took him to the vet and found out he had arthritis. I realized I couldn't expect him to keep up with a the speed or the distance we were doing. I went back to walking, and I joined up with a workout group that meets twice a week after work.

By January I had lost 13 lbs. I was 145 lbs. for the wedding.

After that I started to gain weight again. My niece came to visit us in May. She said she was training for a marathon and wanted to run 5 miles in my neighborhood. So we mapped out five miles. She ran, and I rode my bike. The marathon she was training for was in September. There was also a 5k. I decided I could do a 5k by September. So we agreed to get together at the Ventura Marathon.

I was still walking the dogs and working out two days a week. I added jogging to the dog walk. My dogs could handle two miles of walking and jogging. I found a local run, so I signed up. It was 4.2 miles and it nearly killed me! I ran 4 miles.

On July 3, I came back to Sparks People. I was 152 lbs. I tracked everything I ate and adjusted my diet to meet my goals. I recorded my fitness. Twice a week I ran without the dogs.

On July 4th I ran in the "Run for Independence" race in town. I ran two miles in 38 minutes.
I lost 8 lbs in July.

In August I started running 3 days a week, about 2 miles. I lost 4 lbs in August.
I was disappointed in my August weight loss I weighed 144 lbs.

On Labor Day I ran in the Labor of Love 5k. I wanted so bad to do the 10k, but knew I wasn't ready. As it turned out, I came in first in my age group!

September 8th was the Ventura Marathon. I ran the 5k and beat my current best time, I ran it in less than 36 minutes.

Now I have a new goal. Another niece is getting married next July. I want to be 120 - 125 lbs.

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    Wonderful!!! I am envious. I try a sprint or two while walking but it bothers my bulging discs and get some pain. I want to up the running some if possible. My son has started running and has done a 5K mud run and another 5K. I would like to join him in one but don't think that is possible. I have no doubt that you will reach your goal. Go girl!
    2037 days ago
    That's so fantastic that you are finding yourself through running again! I look forward to being able to that to run 2 miles and I love hearing about your races! You're an inspiration!
    2037 days ago
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