1. If you set out to write a blog about something you should actually post occasionally. Gaining readers is largely based on having something for them to read. (I know, shocking!)
2. Do not make excuses like “I’d rather eat Valentine candy while I read free Kindle books,” instead of doing what you set out to document in a fairly regular blog. (unless you set out to actually eat Valentine candy & read free Kindle books, that is….in which case, good for you!!)
3. Avoid wearing your hoodlie with pockets specifically so you can tote said Valentine candy along while you run..it defeats a lot of the purpose.
4. Do NOT whack your funny bone on the corner in the bathroom when you sit down to pee, it really hurts.
So, there you have it! I am not only physically lazy but lazy about blogging as well!! I have run, not near as much as I SHOULD be running, however. Today was BEAUTIFUL too, I would have had a fantastic run but I kept thinking how comfy I was sans sport bra and sneakers. BUT…..tomorrow I AM going and making it an extra long one! The kids are going with my in-laws to the zoo for a few [glorious] hours in the morning which leaves me open to run like the wind!!! More like a reeeeeally gentle yet kind of awkward breeze but I won’t have to worry about hurrying home to make dinner or any of that such nonsense! WIN!
Yesterday I FINALLY got to get out & run. Well, in all honesty I mostly walked fast but I worked up a good sweat doing it. 28 minutes total.
I went pretty early on thinking that getting it out of the way was best (plus it was a fantastic excuse to avoid the laundry) and I am SO glad I did because it rained for the rest of the day! A tiny part of me was a little irritated that I did not wait & have the excuse of rain to use but it was a very tiny part…probably my sweaty boobs…which really is not a tiny part at all, I guess.
There is one spot where I come down a small hill & the view straight ahead is a horse pasture and at that moment the breeze picked up & I felt so good about myself, about moving my body and sweating & breathing deeply…it felt so so so lovely that I decided right then & there that I will include that particular hill on my run as often as I can.
Oh, I totally thought that it was going to be the up beat songs that kept me at a good pace so that is primarily what I have on my playlist. Well, a very sad song came on, one that makes me think of very very sad times & events and it somehow pushed me even harder than the faster songs seem to.
So the little tracker on my nano does not give me my distance, only how many steps I took. I guess I will have to map out my route to get the distance and stick to it when I go.
It rained on Friday and though our road is paved there are a lot of roads in my neighborhood that are dirt. As I said in one of my first posts, I prefer to run on the dirt so I stay on those roads. Well, dirt & rain makes mud, shocking, right? I was really fine with it because the mud puddles were not so big that I could not jog right around them. It was a very quiet afternoon around here & I only saw 2-3 cars while I was out. What are the odds that one of those few cars happened to pass at the exact time I was jogging by the largest of mud puddles and not have the courtesy to go slowly or even wait for me to pass? The odds are pretty good, apparently. 5 minutes in and I was soaked. And dirty.
I COULD have gone straight home & made the excuse that I was cold in the 50 degree air. It would have been easy…justifiable even. But I kept on, pulled up my [now wet & cold] big girl panties & stayed out for 25 minutes! Day 2 success! My calves & ankles feel fine today too!
Q: SO…Am I a runner NOW???
A: Again, not even close. (but slightly closer than before)
So I was all dressed in my running clothes (my one outfit I have for the task) and by the time my hub got home it was black out and since we live in the sticks I was not about to venture out because I am a wimp….and it is hard to carry my gun in running clothes. I did do some stretches that I found for runners and a little kickboxing so that putting a sports bra on was not a complete waste at least. The stretching felt amazing and I will most definitely be doing them before & after every run from here on out.
I did get a prize though… the hub brought me home a tiny little iPod nano 🙂 I spent the evening adding all my music & getting it all set up. I am super happy that it just clips on & I can go… however it does not have my running app to track my pace & distance so I am little torn. There is a pedometer on it that I think will do basically the same stuff other than keep me on a timed routine but I would much rather take the tiny nano than my big ol droid.
I sincerely hope that the rain lets up long enough at some point this afternoon AND that the hub is home so that I can go do this. I am so ready for day 2!
Ok, not killing me but hurting really bad, at least.
Today will be my second day out there.. doing my thing. This time I KNOW how to use my app to track my time & distance and I have my playlist all set. Today I shall be moving to the sounds of Katy Perry, Jay Sean, Black Eyed Peas and Keith Urban. The songs I picked add up to about 25 minutes of fantabulously booty-shaking listening pleasure, perfect for my 20 minute routine & 5 minute cool down.