Month: April 2011

Finished the week on track

It’s Friday afternoon and I just finished today’s run.  Though my body didn’t want to do it, I went three whole miles today.  I had wanted to do the 3.5 I ran yesterday, but I eased up and didn’t push myself too hard.

All in all, I ran a total of over half a marathon this week, just shy of 14 miles total.

I feel great.  My legs, hips and butt are pretty sore later at night, but I think my body will get used to doing the physical activity.  I’m not at all winded when I’m running, so I think my lungs have adjusted to the physical activity of doing the actual running, which is something I’ve never been able to do.

Having done over 3 miles every day this week, I think it’s safe to say that when I tried running earlier in my life, I tried to run too fast.  I always wanted to be the first one done, and it resulted in me getting winded and walking.  I learned to pace myself, and as long as I keep my mind focused on something else, I can keep going for the most part.

Though now that it’s getting warmer out, I have to figure out a solution to get some cool air blowing in my face.  Today and yesterday I grabbed a towel and hung it over the side of the treadmill to mop the sweat off occasionally so it doesn’t get in my eyes, which come to find out stings like a sumbitch.

Next week’s goal is to run all 5 days, 3 miles per day.  (I didn’t run Monday this week because I had to pick Christine up from the bus after her weekend away, and it threw off my timing.)  Total of 15 miles next week, and possibly for the rest of the month of May, too.

If I can do 3 miles every day, five days a week for four weeks, I think I’ll be ready to step up the pace of the miles.  Right now I’m doing the first mile at a 12 minute pace and the last two at a 15 minute pace.  (This was just today and yesterday, the first two days I did all 3 at 15.)

I started looking for 5ks to run later this year, and it appears there’s no shortage of those, so I shouldn’t have any issue in trying to find one to do sometime in September once it’s cooled down from the summer months.

I haven’t weighed myself yet, but I certainly feel skinner, which is good.  I always give up when I get on these health kicks because I don’t see immediate results, and I give up thinking it’s not doing anything.  Here’s hoping I can keep this going.

“I was runnin’.”

Hey look, another update!

For those that read my update the other day, you know that I’ve been trying to run lately. Mainly to get my heart in better shape, so I can live to at least 35.

I ran some more today, a bit ago.  I ran for a mile straight.  And then I thought “I can do another quarter mile”.

And then I got to 1.25 and thoughts “I can make it to 1.5”. And I did.

And then I thought “2 is only 7.5 more minutes at this pace”.  So I did 2 miles.

Then I shut off Netflix and began bumbling with the streaming music that goes from my Mac to the Blu-ray player hooked up to the TV in front of the treadmill.  (There was a song I wanted to hear.)

Then before I knew it, I was at 2.3 miles.

So I kept going. All the way to 3 miles.

I know what you’re thinking, three miles is that far to run.  But keep in mind that up until 9 days ago I had never in my entire 31.5 years of life ran a mile without stopping.  And today I did three.

Sure, they’re not the fastest miles, and it’s indoors on a treadmill (which is easier than running outside), but I did it.  I pushed myself, and I ran as far as I wanted to go.

I probably could have ran another mile, but I got bored after I shut Netflix off.

The moral of the story is that you can do anything if you have a TV in front of you to distract you how long you’ve been doing it.  Wait. Is that a moral?

I take pictures of the treadmill when I'm done, so I can input the stats into RunKeeper

Time Flies

It always seems that nearly a year goes by before I realize I haven’t written anything on this blog.  Do I have nothing interesting to say?  Maybe.  Do I just have no motivation to write anything? That’s also possible.

But here I am, writing something.  Does it mean anything? No.  It’s just mid-morning on a Friday, and I’m trying out an offline WordPress writing app (MarsEdit), which is pretty fantastic.

Hrm, what’s been new with me? Not much, really.  MJJ Designs has been doing great.  Staying busy there, which is nice.   The house is coming along. Still a long way to do with decorating – hanging up pictures, shelving, etc.  But we’ll get there.

I’ve also started hitting the treadmill again.  Trying to do at least two miles a day Monday – Friday.  My legs burn like hell because I’m so out of shape, but I’ll get there.  My goal is to run a 5k before the end of the year.  I doubt I’ll actually be able to do it, but I want to try.  Up until last week I’d never been able to run a mile without stopping before.  So it was a nice accomplishment when I actually managed to run the entire time.  It was only a 15 minute mile, not the fastest ever, but it was something I was proud of.  I’m down to about 13 minutes on my mile now, and plan on trying to get up the 3 mile distance at that pace.  Then if I feel adventurous I can try speeding it up a bit.  My goal isn’t to break any land speed records for the 5k, just to finish it.

Plus running is getting me away from the computer for an hour a day before lunch. And probably doing a lot for my health, too.  I’ve gotten overweight over the last few years, and want to get back down to my fighting weight, as they say.  Not that I’ve ever fought anyone, but that’s the saying.

That’s pretty much it for me.  At least for now.  Oh, and if you have anything to do with it – please let the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this year. I’d appreciate it.