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Running on and on

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I had a half day today for a doctor's appointment. When I got home, it was SO beautiful outside that I decided to take a little run. The loop around my development is a half mile, and it has lots of hills. I figured it would be good for the heart to do a little hill running. I ran around the loop three times and only took about a 25 foot walking break in between each lap. Every time I thought I needed to stop, I just talked myself through it. I'm looking forward to the calories burning away.
Tonight is leg night at the gym. I think I'll do some weight training first, and then maybe do a little swimming. I *really* need to get my heart stronger. My legs could handle the running just fine, but my heart felt like it was going to burst at the end of my last lap. I wonder how long it takes to get the heart into shape...
Put on a pair of pants today that were snug last year, and now they are loose.
Happy Tuesday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 3/31/2009 4:19PM

    I'd say that for *me* (and your experience might be different), I could see a gradual transformation over about a month to the point where it felt "easier." ("Easier" = legs felt better, lungs felt better, heart/effort felt better.) Just make sure you don't overdo it. Walking intervals are a very good thing, especially as you increase distance.

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Sunday is Run-day

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This afternoon I went to the gym and decided to run. I ran a mile - without stopping. I was so excited! I just kept going and going and going...
A thunderstorm is coming, it looks weird outside. I guess we need the rain. I changed my fitness information on the tracker, and my calorie allowance went up because of it. This week's challenge is making sure that I meet my nutrition goals each day.
I haven't lost any weight since last weigh-in but I'm not disappointed. How weird. Other things are changing, though, so I think that's why I don't mind so much about the weight.
Off to have some water.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/30/2009 12:48AM

    Good for you! One thing I like about running is that yeah, it *is* interesting to be outside where you can see the scenery. And good for you for adjusting your fitness info/calorie allowance. I can always tell a day when I haven't had enough to eat, because I'm pooped by the evening (and too hungry the next day).

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EATNBOOGERS 3/30/2009 12:48AM

    Good for you! One thing I like about running is that yeah, it *is* interesting to be outside where you can see the scenery. And good for you for adjusting your fitness info/calorie allowance. I can always tell a day when I haven't had enough to eat, because I'm pooped by the evening (and too hungry the next day).

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I ran a mile today!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

This morning I started training for my first 5K. The group met at the gym and ran two half-mile segments. The loop we ran was up a huge hill. It ended up that we ran up the hill 4 times. BUT, I didn't stop running/jogging. I did it! I was so excited. That was my first time running outside. For such a long time I have only been challenging myself mentally (taking classes) and artistically (playing in a musical) but I have never challenged myself physically. This 5K training is something totally new for me. This whole healthy lifestyle thing is making me realize that although it's important to be mentally fit, it's also important to be physically fit. Neither one is more important than the other. Since I am getting fit both ways, I notice a huge difference in my attitude. My confidence is higher, and I am generally a more positive person. I have to keep this in mind every time I think I want to eat a cake. I am a much happier person when I am fit.
For lunch, my fiance grilled pork spare ribs. MMM. Even though they were really fatty, I only ate one. It did not kill my day, and I wasn't going to let it. My choices in food are SOOOO much better than they used to be. The calories in the rib were worth it. Would the calories in a giant bowl of ice cream have been worth it? Probably not.
I took the cover off the deck furniture, and we sat outside and ate. I LOVE Spring. I'm doing some cleaning today, airing out some rooms. Today is going to be a busy day!
I need to adjust my fitness and nutrition levels today. I stepped up the cardio quite a bit the last two weeks.
I felt a muscle in my calf today.
Happy Spring!!!


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EATNBOOGERS 3/28/2009 7:47PM

    Woo hoo! Good for you! New challenges (and different challenges) are *good* for you!

I don't know if you knew, but part of the reason I started running again in January is for anti-depressive reasons. (I have had several anti-depressant failures, and I figured that the endorphins from running were my last good option.) So I will attest to the impact that running can have on one's attitude.

And woo hoo for muscles!

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_CORTNIE 3/28/2009 7:15PM

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You go girl! I want to work up to running, but I have to be able to walk for 30 minutes at a time first! I'm getting there, my elliptical is seriously killing me, but in a totally good way! GO YOU!

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ALTHORP 3/28/2009 3:40PM

    Hey, congratulations! I can tell you've got that happy I-just-had-a-great-work-out attitude going on right now--I love that feeling! And I know exactly what you mean about being a more positive person.

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TEACHERMOM10 3/28/2009 1:21PM

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That is so awesome! I keep dreaming about running. I just can't seem to get myself into a routine for it.

Keep training! Stay Healthy!

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Almost TGIF

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This will be short, I am tired.
I went to the gym tonight and ran. On Saturday I start training for a 5K (wahoo!) and I started a 10 week running plan on Tuesday.
Did some lunges and dead lifts tonight, and some core stuff. Ugh.
I think I'm going to up my calories burned... I am already way over for this week, and I have tomorrow and Saturday that I am going to the gym. I want to make sure I'm eating enough.
Off to sleep... tracked my calories and my fitness stuff.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 3/27/2009 5:45PM

    Woo hoo! It's smart that you're going to adjust your calories.... if you don't eat enough, it's not helpful!

Good luck on the training!

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Yay for Hump Day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I am thinking about whether or not I want to go swimming later. It would make me feel really good, and I can log it in my fitness minutes here and on the Presidential Fitness page. I don't have a good reason why I *shouldn't* go swimming... I guess I'll get ready to go a little after 8:00. Picked up some yummy looking salad dressing tonight for school - Annie's Organic cucumber yogurt dressing. I can't wait to try it! MMM
Today I met ALL my nutrition goals. And that was even with a serving of ice cream!
I think I'll go veg a bit before I get ready to swim.

  
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EATNBOOGERS 3/26/2009 3:11PM

    This blog post sounds so upbeat, which is great!

I'm glad I inspired you to swim. And your post reminds me that *I* need to go update those minutes, too.

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