Sunday, January 31, 2010

Another mile. :o)

Well, again, I'm not exactly breaking ground in the consistency department, but I did run today. It was the first run since the last (a week ago), but I'm encouraged: three weeks into our office's Biggest Loser challenge and I'm about 6 pounds down . . . almost.

I'm really excited about this. Running is getting a bit easier, even with my lack of consistency. Partly I think because I'm running on a treadmill lately (better on my knees) and partly because not hauling around extra pounds means it's a little easier to haul what I do weigh.

I'm going to be ready for that marathon relay for sure! ;o) And I'm definitely signing up for a half this summer and a full this fall. That's my goal.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

One. Again.

I struggle with my consistency, but I'm doing better with the amount that I've been running. I ran a mile today on the treadmill and it went pretty well. I don't really care for treadmills much, but here at my complex, there's a TV and I was lucky to be the only one in the fitness center for a while. I found "13 Going on 30" on Fox and tuned in while I warmed up for 1/4 mile, ran 1 mile and cooled down for another 1/4 mile.

Even though it was warmer than I would have liked, I feel like my lungs responded better to the warmer, stagnant air in the fitness center. Typically, I run outside and my lungs burn something terrible. Partly because I'm not always good about warming up before workouts, partly because there's really something wrong there. This week I'll be making an appointment with a pulmonologist to listen to my lungs and tell me if I'm right in thinking there's something a little . . . off. As a tyke, I rounded several bouts of croup and bronchitis and at least one of RSV all before age 4. Needless to say, the fact that I try to avoid dairy has helped a lot -- I'm not as phlegmy (sorry to be gross) and it keeps my lungs a little clearer.

So, continuing on with fitness, I've started following a crazy number of fitness blogs, I've renewed subscriptions (accidentally, but that's a story for another day) to Runner's World, Self and Women's Health magazines and I'm fairly active (though a little less lately) on SparkPeople, and of course, the office is having a Biggest Loser Challenge. In about two weeks, I've lost almost five pounds, and a couple of inches here and there on my body. I still have a ways to go, but I'm tickled pink about this -- I feel like as I get lighter, running will be a little easier, but for now, I'm running with the body I have.

It is good.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mmmmmhmm!

Gosh I'm getting so good at this optimism thing.

It's 8:30, I've gone running, worked out some . . . and have plans to do it all again tomorrow. For now, though, it's off to take a nice bath and unwind for bed.

But I'm getting better at the running thing, too. Still haven't quite made it as far as I'd like, but I'm getting there . . . Getting there. Soon I'll be at 2 miles . . . then 3 . . . then 4 . . .


I'm working my way back and I'm really excited about it. :o)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Yeah, buddy!

I ran again! :o) I did a little more than last time, which is a gooooooooooood thing. I know I'm not blazing trails, but I'm proud of what I accomplished today. I gotta start somewhere, right?

I had some technical issues in the sports bra department -- namely that I might be a little too busty for the one I was wearing, but it will have to do for a while.

I haven't calculated how far I've run, but I'm sure I'm scratching close to that one-mile marker. Writing that made me chuckle, knowing that one mile used to be a "warm up," but for now, I'm taking it where I can get it. Eventually I'll be back at that level again.