Monday, April 27, 2009

mental, that one

As I begin my second week endeavor into becoming a runner (or at the very least someone worthy of her 2008-summer, barely used but purchased $$ Nike shoes) I'm coming to realize how mental running is. No, I'm not talking about mental as in crazy (though I do think that at times as I pound up a hill or dodge an oblivious motorist), but mental as in mind-games. Running is a lot more about overcoming mental obstacles than I ever gave it credit for. On the flipside, my body is a lot stronger than I ever give IT credit for; it is my mind that holds me back while my body struggles to push me forward.

I went running outside on Sunday and I think it is probably the first time ever, in my entire life, that I can say I ENJOYED running. As in I felt happy, motivated, and wanted to KEEP going. I woke up that morning feeling energetic, optimistic... like I could take over the world. While world-domination still alludes me, I decided to take my energy out for a 3.5 mile trek. Granted, I didn't run the whole thing, but I checked distances later and it turns out I went 2 miles before I allowed myself to walk. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me! I just kept saying to myself 'okay body, you can make it to that fire hydrant' or 'you can make it to that tree' or better yet 'you can make it to that bar on the corner of Cleveland Circle'. (too bad it was a Sunday at 10am!)

Probably the best part was the last 1/4 mile - I was coming down the hill and this old guy (we're talking 80 years old) was walking on a cross street and saw me coming. He gave me a wave, a thumbs up, and an air-pump with his old fist, topped off with a huge grin. I've never felt so encouraged!

So I'm on my way - I've got a long way to go but I'm making progress. I ran tonight when I got home and only did 2 miles, but I'm doing what I can, and am finally actually enjoying it for once in my life. Not only the exercise, but the mental change that I've discovered comes with it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

the destination of this train is: running. no smoking please.

I want to become a runner. Now I'm not talking the Boston Marathon (26.2 miles? You have GOT to be kidding me). But I would like to be a competent runner - to be able to head out the door and run 4-5 miles without dying, without walking for that matter, and maybe even with some enjoyment.

I've been spending some time online looking at training programs and suggestions for beginning runners - and when I say beginning I really mean it. I don't think I could run one mile without walking; not yet, anyway. I 'ran' yesterday for 30 minutes and really only made it a little over 2 miles. That's just sad.

But that's why I'm writing it out here - goals are useless if never accomplished and I feel like publicly stating it will actually make me stick with my goal of true physical fitness for once in my life (well since my HS swimming days, that is).

If you have any good running tips, I would love to hear them.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

remounting the wagon

Okay, I've been blog-quiet for the last several weeks even though there have been several occasions where I say to myself (or even out loud to my friends) "I'm going to blog about this!" Such topics have included but are not limited to:

1) Locksmith-scam debacle
2) Night out when Alina was here and ensuing conversations
3) The Truman Show aka Brighton Center
4) 4 year old girl hates the B-line too

All of these topics, and others, would be good subjects for a future blog and may appear.

Tonight though, as I get ready for another week, I'm determined to not let this week pass me by in a blur as the last several have. I seem to be rolling from week to week with no significant progress or change in life and it is starting to get to me.

Things I WILL accomplish this week:
1) Will make it to the gym at least 4 days out of 7.
2) Will be careful to not over-indulge on any of the following: cookies, candy, coffee or wine. Okay, maybe a little bit of over-indulgence is acceptable when it comes to coffee... I'm not a saint!
3) Make some movement on the Foreign Services business.
4) Force myself out of my routine by doing something or going somewhere new. Friday night looks like the best possibility for this as Saturday night is Relay for Life. Any joiners?
5) Spend some time over the weekend FINISHING the organization of my room.
6) Continue blogging.

I've just started using Google Calendar and it is pretty amazing. I'm hoping it will help me to accomplish these goals and also remember birthdays as the Facebook layout is all now befuddled and birthday reminders aren't slapping me in the face.

Okay, bed time.