Thursday, August 21, 2008

Getting Stabbed in the Eye with an Ice Pick

That used to be my choice over running. When people would tell me they were running, I'd think to myself, "Are you kidding me? Why? What's the point?" Running and myself were never on the same level. I used to be a very active child. I participated in soccer from grades 3-7 until I developed asthma and it was a struggle me. In jr. high, I was on the drill team and played basketball, volleyball, softball and track. In my 9th grade year, I injured my knee and how to go to physical therapy. In high school, I was on the drill team again so I danced about an hour a day. I LOVE to dance. In another life, I would have loved to learn to dance professionally. Right now, I just get my own grove on. In my senior year, I reinjured my my knee dancing and had to be on crutches for a month and go back to physical therapy. That year of high school, I dropped out of the dance team since they were more into the flags and I wanted to dance to MC Hammer. Not even realizing it, this is when my weight jumped up 20 lbs. It's taken me this long to figure out that my body needs to be active. I was active so long to just drop it was not a good thing.

I have been on this weight loss journey for a long time. I look back over the journals I've kept for the last 10 years. Besides my current weight, the lowest my weight was was 155 on my wedding day. Now a month earlier, I weighed 170. How did I drop the weight so fast? Like many people in the 90's: Phen Fen. I won't EVEN go into how stupid that was and how much it messed up my body. Quick fixes were my thing.

Having previous knee injuries and weighing 191 on this 5'4 frame it was HARD to walk let alone run. But walking and step aerobics is where I started. It's embarrassing to admit it, but my thighs used to chafe when I'd walk. They would burn and itch. My mom bought me some balm to put on before I walk to see if that would help. I liked step aerobics because it seemed dancey in nature. I have another embarrassing admission. Since I was on the dance team in school, I have pretty good rhythm and can catch onto routines easily. Even though I was bigger than many others in class, I could do the routines faster than many. I used to love being in the front of my class and showing my stuff. It made me smile when the instructors would point me out as someone to watch and follow. I'm horrible huh? I had to feel good about myself for something.

What's my point to all of this? There has to be SOMETHING active that each of us like to do and are physically able to do. I started out liking a certain type of exercise, but found as my weight dropped it was easier for me to try new things. I've read many of your blogs and a lot of your enjoy gardening. That's a great. low inpact exercise along with:




*parking your car as far from a store as possible

*cleaning out your car

*playing with kids/grandkids

*taking a hike



*lifting light weights

*using the stairs rather than elevator

*dancing (with my kids is the most fun)

Last year when my school year began, I gave up running and pretty much exercising altogether until January. I do NOT and WILL not do that again. Right now, I have decided to train as if I will do the 1/2 marathon on October 12. It can't hurt. I'll still see about the race. I'm following an 8 week beginning training program from Runner's World. So here is how my week has been so far:

MONDAY- Stretched and rode bike pulling my monkeys through strong winds

TUESDAY- 5 min. warm up walking, ran 4 miles doing 7 - 1:00 speed intervals, 5 min cool down

WEDNESDAY- Cleaned classroom

THURSDAY- 5 min. warm up walking, ran 1 mile 4% incline, 1 gentle pickup, 1 mile 1% incline, 1 gentle pickup, 1 mile 4%, gentle pickup, last mile 1%, 5 min. cool down walking

I have to have a goal for myself, otherwise I slack. Another people with goals out there or advice on training for a 1/2 marathon?


N.D. said...

That's inspiring with all the different ideas. For the 1/2 and the 2 mile thing, it sounded like you did it right! Good luck with your training!

Kathy said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. You are an inspiration! Fantastic progress.

N.D. said...

yes- running out and back - just running out 2 miles and back 2 miles versus just running a straight 4 miles. :)

Tri-ing with Twins said...

Holy Moly! Look at you girl!!! I don't even know you, but I have to say that I am SOOOOO proud of you. You look fabulous! I'm so glad you found my blog. I love working out and I love my children. Finding the balance in your life is so important. I am just grateful that I am discovering mine and that I have found this great community online. I'm definitely gonna keep up with you.

BTW - love the title of this one. My sentiments exactly!

Keep loving life, your kids and running..... no matter how tempting that ice pick looks. :)


new*me said...

no marathon advice I'm afraid ;) I think you just need to keep setting goals and following thru weekly. Once again, good luck with your training for the marathon. I aspire to be where you are someday

Marcy said...

WOW!!!! What an amazing transformation. I can't believe that top pic was you!

Sometimes to keep motivated and keep on my goals I do presents to myself :P Like if I'm dreading a long run or just not "feeling" running for the week. I say "if you do this then you can have that" Doesn't have to be anything big. Maybe a cute shirt you wanted or whatever.

carla said...

you are SO RIGHT.
there has to be something for all of us even if it's so far outside the box that there never was a box to be in.

pogosticking anyone?

MizFit Lose 80 Pounds said...

Love the title of the post....that's pretty much what I thought about running before I started. That and "why would you WILLINGLY run 26 miles?" when speaking of a marathon. Granted I don't see myself ever running a marathon...possibly a half...but now I get it.

I can't get over how amazing you look. We're the same height and I don't think I EVER weighed what you do! Even in school..I somehow skipped right through most of the range you're at. lol...

Keep up your hard work!

Shanna said...

No marathon advice, but I do have a shared hatred for running that I am slowly overcoming! I actually posted about running today too! Great minds think alike! =)

BeachRunner said...

Way to go! You have achieved a super inspirational transformation.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Keep up the great work.

POD said...

I have a suggestion to add to your workout -- Nordic walking.
I do it everyday. I'm taking a class in Sept from a coach/personal trainer who's supposed to be a genius at it. How hard can it be if I'm doing it!?!
Most of the time it doesn't even seem like exercise. The woman who intro'd me to it said it was supposed to be effortless. And effortless and exercise together are what hooked me.