Monday, December 02, 2013
This was the first Thanksgiving, since becoming a vegan almost 4 years ago, that my entire Thanksgiving meal was vegan, from the potatoes, to the green bean casserole, to even dessert! With the exception of the turkey and pie, my husband and daughters ate a vegan Thanksgiving feast - and LOVED it! They even loved my vegan version of a double-layer pumpkin cheesecake! I think we finally finished up the last of the leftovers yesterday. Thank goodness! I just can't resist the temptation of leftover Thanksgiving food!
On Black Friday, instead of shopping, we helped a friend paint a couple of rooms in her house. There were several of us there, and it took us most of the day, but it was a lot of fun! And my friend was so grateful for the help, so seeing how happy it made her really made me feel good!
Finally, I managed to run EVERY DAY during the long Thanksgiving break (Wednesday through Sunday). I LOVE running every day. Not every day is a long run. Some runs are only 2 miles, some 3, and my longest are 4 miles so far. Most days I take Maggie the Pup with me, and so speed is definitely not something I'm working on, but it's ok. I'm running just for the enjoyment, for the exercise, and for the fresh air outside, even though on some days it's freezing cold or wet. And knowing that my "streak" only requires me to run a minimum of one mile really takes the pressure off and so I don't feel like it's a chore. And so far, I've been running farther than a mile, but I at least know that the option is there if I'm short on time, not feeling well, or just don't feel like it.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today was supposed to be the 9th day of my running streak. Normally I run after work, but tonight I have a work party and so my plan was to get up extra early this morning and get a couple of miles in. I usually get up earlier two mornings a week to get in a strengthening workout, so I didn't think getting up a bit earlier would be a problem.
Here's what I forgot to take into consideration: it's really dark at 4:30 in the morning. No one else is up at 4:30 in the morning. As it got closer to bedtime last night, I kept thinking about how safe it would be to run alone, in the dark, at 4:30 in the morning when no one else is up and and about, there is virtually no traffic, and...... I just got scared.
My fear has a basis. About 23 years ago, while my husband was deployed over in Operation Desert Storm, a neighbor broke into our apartment in the middle of the night and tried to sexually assault me. Luckily, I was able to fight him off and talk him into leaving the apartment before anything else happened, but I was scarred by this and my life was never the same. As a result of this traumatic experience, I now have a fear of the dark, I'm scared to be alone at night, and I am distrustful of strange men, and even feel leary when I'm alone with men that I know.
At this time of year, it's dark when I get home from work. But over the last 8 days, I've put on my running gear and taken Maggie the Pup out for a run. I struggle with my fear, but we run on sidewalks down streets with higher traffic and homes of people that I know. I run with my cell phone. A lot of people are arriving home from work. I feel pretty safe because I know that there are people around. And Maggie is a big 60-pound black lab, and I feel safe with her. She would protect me.
At 4:30 in the morning? I just think it's a different story, and my fear won over my desire to keep a running streak going. So instead, I did a strengthening workout in the safety of my own home. We have a treadmill, but it's in the same room as the kennel where Maggie the Pup sleeps, and if I started running on the treadmill it would have just gotten her all worked up.
I can say that I have a 9-day "workout" streak going, but my running streak came to an end, and I'm pretty disappointed about that. I really want to complete the holiday running streak (running every day from Thanksgiving through New Year's), but unless I give up doing anything socially in the evenings, this could be prove to be difficult. I'm going to have to do some serious logistical planning.
My running will continue tomorrow, and I have to give myself kudos for running 8 days in a row. I've never done that before, and it won't be the last, so I've reached a new level of running and I need to focus on that rather than the failure of maintaining my continuous running streak. And who knows? Maybe I'll find myself on the treadmill tonight before the day is over....
Monday, November 18, 2013
This past week, I ran every day! Some of the runs were short, but I made sure that I ran at least 1-1/2 miles, and most days I ran more than that. I ran a total of 16 miles, which is the most that I've run in a week in quite a while, so I'm pretty pleased with myself. Yesterday I ran for 4 miles, and it felt great!
Best of all, I haven't experienced any pain or soreness from running every day, so I think that I will try to keep up the streak through the holidays. Tomorrow will be my first logistical challenge. I have an after-work engagement to go to, so I won't be able to run tomorrow night. Therefore, in order to get a run in tomorrow, I'll have to get up extra early tomorrow morning and do the run before work! This is something that I haven't done yet, so it will be a challenge for me, so hopefully I won't wimp out!
Friday, November 15, 2013
I recently read an article in this month's issue of Runners' World magazine in which a guy decided to do a holiday running streak, in which he would run every day from Thanksgiving through New Year's. The only requirement was that he had to run every day, a minimum of one mile. He ran in the snow, the rain, the cold temps, in between getting ready for family to visit during holidays....it was challenging, but he loved the benefits he received from doing this streak: no holiday weight gain and his running improved.
My addiction to running has seemed to reach a whole new level. I want to run every day and when I can't run, I'm constantly thinking about running. I'm online looking at running gear, I'm always drooling over the newest running shoes on the market, and I'm constantly reading magazines and blogs about running. My Christmas wish list is all running gear! I'm truly obsessed!
So when I read this article about the holiday running streak, I instantly got excited! Run a minimum of one mile every day? Hell yeah! I can do this! In fact, I've already got a 4-day running streak going right now - why not keep it going until the end of the year?
Maggie the Pup, my running partner, will likely approve!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Yesterday was not a good day. In fact, I blogged about it, but then ended up deleting the blog post because I just didn't want to dwell on negative things. I chose to be vegan because I care about animals and I want to do my part to end the suffering of animals, but along this journey, I had hoped that more people would feel the way I do. Although I meet lots of people online who share my beliefs, my immediate surrounding community of family, friends, and co-workers don't. I admit that this can sometimes be frustrating, sad, lonely, and isolating.
I was swimming in these negative feelings yesterday, having a pity party for myself, but when I got home from work I went for a short run, and when that didn't completely erase the negative vibes, I cranked up some tunes and that seemed to be just what I needed! Some happy songs to get my blood pumping and the positive vibes flowing! Dancing around the kitchen while I prepared dinner totally wiped out my sadness, and today is a new day! I woke up, did my strengthening workout, the sun is shining today, and I look forward to a productive day at work and a run when I get home!
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