Thursday, March 19, 2009
I woke up today to find that it was 44 and raining. Not exactly great weather for a "first run". So naturally my mind said I couldn't do it. But I knew if I didn't today, I might not ever. So I put on a rain jacket and headed out. It was actually still raining at the time, so I was wet as soon as I stepped foot outside the door. But off I went. I couldn't use my ipod because of the rain. So I was on my own. I pushed myself pretty hard, and ran 3/4 of a mile then walked the 1/4 the rest of the way home. I wanted to run the whole thing, but my lungs and heart just couldn't take much more. By the time I stopped running, I was feeling light-headed and my heart rate was way higher than it probably should have been. It was actually hard to make the walk home without falling over.
But i did it! I ran 3/4 of a mile, in the rain, on a somewhat cold day. Will I keep it up tomorrow? Well I work 10-4 tomorrow, so that makes it much harder. Maybe when I get home, but that won't be til 5ish. Check back and see what happens!
Ok. So I started this in June 08, biked twice, ran once, and was done with it. I'm a quitter at things like this. I naturally rationalize EVERYTHING so it works out in my favor. Just read my second post. Grandparents, people around, other work...pretty much anything to keep from doing it. Now, I do live in the woods and I do have a lot of allergies - so that isn't great for a running environment. But this year, I WILL do something more.
My girlfriend has me watching Biggest Loser. She likes it so I caught on. These people have all lost like 100 pounds. When I finish watching it, I feel fat. Not that I'm a big guy. But I used to be able to eat anything and everything and stay around 150 lbs. Now I'm closer to 160. And I'm flabby. My body gets flabby more than it gets fat.
See here's my problem - i eat fairly healthy, but i get NO exercise. At least when I was in school, I walked to class and etc. It added up to a few miles a day. Enough to balance things out. Now I need to step things up before I get all fat and flabby.
My girlfriend is a Triathlete..except a year ago, when we started dating, she was super out of shape. And now look at her! She's super fit and looks great and is only getting faster and skinnier. The other day she ran 5 miles! So great. Me? Um...1/2 mile limit?
So, there's no way i'm doing the swimming part, but I'd like to be able to keep up with her in biking and running. We'll see if I can make it last more than a week. But tomorrow is a starting day. Here we go.