Monday, November 30, 2009

Post-Thanksgiving & New Plan

Thanksgiving - the holiday full of food...and lounging...and more food.

It's one of my favorite holidays...but I hate the after effects.

I have already been carrying around about 10 extra pounds. Pounds that I have been trying to get off for years. Now, I have 14 exta pounds to take off.

I'm going to do it. Even though running doesn't help. Running is making me fatter. Yuck!

But, I'm gonna try my darndest to get it off!

Monday, November 23, 2009

8 miles - I love you!

I have a favorite distance now....8 miles! It's a long run by my standards, gives me lots of time to myself (since I run slow), but not too long that I die (which is what happens at 10 miles right now).

I'm sure in the future my favorite distance will change, but for right now, I love my 8 miles!

Also, running after a HUGE rain storm = mud all over me. I'm hard core now....NOT.

Friday, November 20, 2009


No matter how much I try to keep up with blogging, it just doesn't seem to work.

Lately, life has taken a bit of a beating.

I had a major certification exam for nursing that...I failed. I don't fail things. That's not who I am. I took it hard, but after about a 5 minute reflection time, I realized I didn't study. Well, I did...for a day. So, no wonder. The Coastie was so sweet & told me that I have never actually failed anything I put my mind to. So...there's a fire under my butt! I've already sent in my money (freaking $200!) to take it again and will NOT fail next time!

Running has been great! Well, except for last weekend. I attempted the double digit, that sucked. I ran into the wind for the first 4 miles. Wind here, mind you, is a nice 30 mph. So, the rest of the run was a combo of walking and running. It was bad. I did, however, make it home before the Coastie went out to search for me...I made it 9.66 miles. He was quick to point out that I did make it...without quitting. So, score for that!

I just need more mo-jo...again.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Am I hooked?

This post should have been for Sunday, but with work....and life...that was not going to happen. I hate that.


Sunday was my long run. (I'm ecstatic that I can finally say "long run". That in itself, feels good.) It was 8 lovely miles. I ran the same route as last weekend, only this time, it was less than what was needed & had to run 1/2 mile around my neighborhood (past my house) to finish. But....I finished! The only time I walked was to have some gel stuff. My choice was Cliff gel in Mocha. It was better than the tangerine PowerGel crap I tried last weekend that made me gag after 2 bites (sips? swallows?). It worked! No stomach issues, and it carried me through the second half.

Needless to say...I may be hooked finally.

You take away the pain (the last 2 miles I thought my legs would give out), the injuries (I had massive knee pain & a bleeding toe), the neuisance abrasions (think hickies from my ipod, my bra, my garmin, etc), and the fact that I think running makes me gain weight and you've got me hooked.

Also, I think I have to retire my first pair of running shoes. They're about 3 years old, but I've only been running on them for about 1 1/2, and not many miles at that. But, I think all my walking around in them & working out in them have worn them down. I'll let you know at the end of the week if that's what I decide to do.