So 90 days has come & gone! There are a lot of things I did not do and some I did…I DID keep going but seemed to have switched over to biking more often than running….have not been out to run is entirely too long actually.
Today I wanted to run.
I thought that was weird.
Then I looked at the calendar are realized that my first day in this journey was Jan 19!!
Soooooooo….this begs the question…..
Am I a runner??????
I would have to say that I am a beginner runner if anything but a runner none-the-less because I really do enjoy it after these 90 days.
It started a few weeks ago when I went through the worst pain e.v.e.r. Literally. Ever. Child birth was a breeze in comparison to a severely infected wisdom tooth. Had that removed and then tweaked my back then got sick….all that and my running career took a hiatus.
Started back over the weekend thanks to my hub and feeling totally fantastic. Even went out & got some Vibram’s!!! Wore them for yesterday’s walk/run and shockingly I have zero pain in my feet & legs like I thought I would! My ankles were mildly sore last night but today I am 100%! I feel weird in them…like I am running in socks. Weird.
The “big” news now….
Well, I have 2 things that could be considered “big” I guess, one FAR more exciting than the other…
1) Our first 5k is at the end of May!! The hub & I plan to do it together and I want to run the WHOLE thing!! (this is the least exciting but most ambitious of the 2)
2) We booked a cruise for Sept.!!! This will be our first vacation in almost 4 years and I am more excited than words can accurately describe.
So now comes the change in my workout…not only am I working towards a faster mile for the 5k but ALSO to get in [much much much better] shape. A shape other than round. A less lumpy shape. A shape closer to that of say…Jillian Michaels. I am eating tons of fruit and trying to stick to mainly water but I hate, hate, HATE dieting so I am trying to stay away from that term or concept by aiming for healthier foods instead of limiting myself to “X” amount of calories or carbs or fat or whatever each day.
164 days and I’ll be running the deck of a cruise ship :o)
I am amazed at how quickly my body has adapted to running. My breathing is better, my heart rate seems better… that first day I was short of breath after minutes and counting down until I could turn around and go home. My past few runs have lasted 45+ minutes and I recover quickly too!!
I am not fast.
and I stink.
I start with walking fast for 5-10 minutes then run as far as I can.
You get the idea.
I pretty much run as far as I can then walk until I recover then run as far as I can again and so on.
Today I would look ahead of me & focus on something…a mailbox, a tree, etc. and not stop running until I got to whatever it was and that seemed to work pretty good. It’s a good thing I have poor eyesight though. 😉
My last 2 runs have averaged a 13 minute mile, much slower than I thought. I WAS aiming for something ridiculous like an 8 minute mile by the end of my 3 months but I feel like 10-10.5 might be more attainable and realistic.
My playlist today was 90’s rock, the stuff I loved back when I was skinny & DID run an 8 minute mile! It made me think I could run a whole mile without walking but after 2 blocks my butt literally detached itself from my body, bounced around in front of me & smacked me in the face for thinking such a thought. I was scared so I just walked for the next few blocks.
ps. not a runner yet.
A few tips today!
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.
The hub has worked late all week leaving me only dark hours to get out & run/jog/walk.
And since my jogging bra/gun holder is yet to get to the prototype phase running just ain’t gonna happen.
So it has been a week…yes, a WEEK since I have gone at all.
I have my running clothes ready & waiting so that the second he gets home today & can bolt out the door though!
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)