The 10 Mile Mark

I finally completed my goal distance of 10 miles!  I honestly never thought I would make this goal when I first started running back in February.  The first run I completed of an 8 week beginners program involved a 30 minute workout with only 10 minutes of running (1 min of running followed by 2 min of walking) and it killed me.  My legs felt like rubber and I was panting for a while after the workout ended.  Frankly, I felt like a out-of-shape loser for having such a difficult time with a workout that on paper looked relatively easy.  From that day on, I was determined to get in better shape and feel better about myself.  It is amazing to me that just over 4 months ago it seemed near impossible to run just 10 minutes and yesterday I ran 10 miles straight.  Patience is not one of my strengths and I tend to get frustrated when I am not good at something right away and may not pursue it, figuring I’m just not cut out for it.  I am so glad that I did not give up on running.  It has given me a sense of accomplishment and a drive to continue to improve.

I never thought I would say this, but I think I may like spending my free time on improving my fitness than on trying out new recipes and baking – wait, who said that?  Don’t get me wrong, I still love to bake, but I think I am now more focused on trying out healthier recipes.  As I said in a previous post, I am sensitive to many foods including dairy and any foods that are very sugary or fatty.  Running now provides even more incentive for me to seek out alternative ingredients and experiment with them until I find the right balance of healthy and yummy 🙂

This was a milestone week for me I hope this achievement improves my patience when learning new skills in the future.  I’m sure Nana Nee will tell me if I have improved or not as she tells everything like it is and knows that patience is one of my greatest weaknesses.

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Motivation During Renovations

This week I finally met my goal of doing regular core strengthening exercises.  I also got in the same amount of knee/hip strengthening exercises by combining the two into one session.  I can definitely feel the difference since my knees don’t feel like they are about to disintegrate anymore.  It also seems like my speed workouts are not as difficult and I was able to push myself to go a few speeds faster on the treadmill.  I’m about halfway towards my current goal pace of 8:00/mile with my fastest pace of 8:27/mile to date.  It is taking me longer to go from 9:00/mile to 8:00/mile than it did to go from 10:00/mile to 9:00/mile, but it gives me more incentive to keep up with all my strengthening exercises so that I can eventually achieve that goal.

I wasn’t able to complete a long run in this week, but I did go for a long walk around my neighborhood (~7 miles) to make up for it.  I think my body is exhausted from all the demo I have been doing on my house.  I’m already planning on skipping my long run this week too, since I will be stripping all of the plaster off my entire parlor ceiling plus stripping small sections of a few walls this Saturday.  Just when I think I’m done with demo, I get another wonderful idea that means more demo.  It will be worth it in the end, and I know the more work I can do myself, the more I can save for other projects down the line.

(Of course the one ceiling that has to come down is in the largest room of the house.)

My main goal for the coming weeks/months will be to manage my stress levels with all of the construction that will be going on in my kitchen.  It will be harder to manage my time and get in all the workouts I want, so I hope I can stay motivated and continue to improve despite the obstacles that I know are coming.