So let me recap a little about my running this week. Let’s start by saying it outloud- I AM ADDICTED! I ran my first continuous mile this week. Broke my previous PR of mileage covered in 30 minutes. Ran outside for the first time. Covered a total of 17 miles this week (4 walking the doggies but they are miles just the same ) And not once but TWICE I woke up thinking, I am too sore to run today I’m going to give myself the day off and by the time I was out of the shower I was packing my gym bag because I just WANTED to run. I had one bad run this week – I wasn’t feeling well but I still broke 2 miles so I called it a success. Also mixed in this running recap I have to share my treadmill debacle that turned into a victory…
I ran 1.06 miles on Friday without stopping (thanks in part perhaps to some nice new tunes on the ipod that I found perfect for running!) and I was on a different treadmill and as I was trying to “lock” the display to show the time and distance and not the other things I somehow cleared the treadmill completely and it stopped! I was so mad! I was on track to beat my previous PR for distance in 30 minutes. I am a numbers person. I love spreadsheets and math despite being terrible at it in high school. I thought for a second and started the treadmill back up. I NEEDED that number for the day so I did 30 minutes more. My endurance for distance wasn’t great and I didn’t break any records but inside I knew a. that I had run my longest distance yet and b. I had kept going when it would have been easier to just call it a day. In the end the bonus was I got an extra mile of calorie burn and felt fantastic when I was done!
A little more running news from my world – I ran outside for the first time yesterday. It was d-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t! I have been so scared to take my feet outside. In the gym it’s safe. The treadmill tells me how fast I’m going and how much longer I have and how far I’ve been. Outside it’s all just more complicated. I kept telling people I didn’t run outside because I wasn’t comfortable enough pacing myself yet but as Jim pointed out the 5K IS outside so I might want to try it sometime. Saturday was beautiful here in the midwest so it seemed like a good time to let my running shoes feel the pavement.
There’s a half mile track right next door so it seemed the perfect place to start as it would allow me to know my distance and I could use my phone timer to get an idea of how I was doing. So off I started and it was weird and fun all at the same time. I started out way too fast as I checked my timer after one go around and I was much ahead of pace. Endurance wise I wasn’t doing well with distance. I know a lot all of this is mental because I ran 1.06 on Friday and outside I couldn’t manage all the way around the .5 track. I’ll get there though. I did manage to do a touch over 2 miles in 30 minutes with lots of running intervals. Running outside is different but I think I like it! For one there’s NEVER been a flute player at the gym whereas the park offered a man fantastically playing yesterday. I would take my earbuds out as I passed him and it almost felt surreal that this was me running around this track listening to this man. Was this my life now? After I’d stopped for a walking break a nice lady was walking her pug and said to me, “I could never run that far.” and I’m not going to lie, I stood up a little straighter. Someone else was looking at me and thinking they couldn’t do what I did. How often had I been on the other side of that statement? The 30 minutes went by so fast I had to double check that I had really covered 4 laps. It was so quick and way easier than I thought. I think I’m going to have an awesome fall running outside on the weekends! So glad to have made the leap.
Finally the weigh in update. I was down 4.2 this week. I literally squealed on the scale. How is that possible?? I’m down 15.4 for the boot camp so far. One more weigh in before it’s finished (next Sunday) and I’d hoped to lose 20 lbs. I set this lofty goal after reading something on No Meat Athlete’s site “Don’t make it a reasonable goal; reasonable goals don’t get you out the door when it’s raining.” That spoke to me and that’s where that lofty goal came from. It’s not reasonable but it keeps me motivated. I would never have thought I’d get THIS close to it. I’d need to lose 4.6 next week to hit it but no matter what I’m happy. I think the best thing to come out of this might not be the pounds lost but the love of running I’ve developed. I’m nurturing it and looking forward to many, many years of running. With my husband – even better!!