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Running for ice cream

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I ran my 30 minutes this morning – a little more slowly this time. It was a bit better today. I guess that’s partly because I was going slower and partly because I am getting used to it. A few hours later, I walked the same loop with a friend (and Z in a stroller), so I got in a good six miles on the greenway today. I met my Fitbit step goal (11,500) before noon, and it’s currently at 18,160. I have also supposedly burned over 2,500 calories. Whoa. I’m incredibly tired, but not sore or anything like that.

I try and get in a walk with my friend once a week, usually on my non-running day, but we haven’t gotten to do the whole loop of the greenway lately because it’s usually so cold. Normally we walk the tiny track in the community center and don’t do more than two miles because it’s kind of boring in there. Since better weather is on the way, I’m thinking I’m going to add in more walks. It sounds a little excessive, but if it’s not injuring me, I don’t see why it would be a problem. I guess it will just depend on how much time I have.

Thanks to all of the walking and running, I had a milkshake at Bobbie’s Dairy Dip and didn’t feel the least bit guilty about it. I run for ice cream, y’all.

I was changing clothes today and caught my first glimpse of some needed change. I mean, I can tell overall that I’m losing weight and taking on a shape other than blob, but I really hadn’t picked up on anything specific before today. Anyway, I noticed that the love handles have shrunken down considerably. Hopefully they’ll be totally gone in time for bathing suit weather. It surprised me because I really haven’t lost much weight lately. Maybe I’m just trading fat for muscle.

Don't trust the scale. Trust your jeans.

I’m also seeing a little muscle tone and less fat in my bicep area, which is good. I’ve avoided tank tops for the last couple of years because of my arms, but they’re getting better. I haven’t focused much on upper body exercises or anything other than running for a variety of reasons, but I plan on getting to it. I’m doing ok at throwing in a few crunches and half push-ups every day or every other day, and I suspect the latter must be what’s helping my arms.

It looks like I’ll be doing the Richland Creek Run the weekend after The Color Run. I’d been interested in it long before I ever gave serious thought to running, but I didn’t think I should do it this year because it’s 5 miles. However, a friend who had registered mentioned today that she wasn’t going to be able to make it, so I decided what the hell, and now her registration will be transferred to me. I’m just going to try and run my usual 30 minutes – or more if I feel like I can – and walk the balance. More than half of the course is on or near the greenway route I run almost every morning, so hopefully that will make me more comfortable with it.

The problem with this whole running thing is that now I want to sign up for ALL THE 5Ks, but MONEY. I’m super interested in doing the Country Music Mini Marathon (a 5k), but it’s $65 per participant at this point. I’m looking into a free registration that might be available (sorry, St. Jude – I’d give you a million dollars if I had it), so we’ll see. There are only 1,500 spots for that one, so I’m wondering if I can even do it if I don’t hurry up and register. The half marathon is definitely on my list for 2015 or 2016, but obviously I can’t do that this year. The marathon? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah right.

As an aside, I just want to clarify that I don’t really go for what my beloved hometown calls country music these days. That’s kind of the way it goes when you grow up in Nashville. 🙂

I listened to the playlist I made that I mentioned yesterday. Um, LOVE IT. Good job, me. I need to start thinking about the next one, I guess. I want to get the most out of what I have left of Spotify Premium before it expires.

Oh shit, I am so tired.

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New record

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Down from 10:16 yesterday.

Nothing super new. I took Sunday off. It was gross and rainy, and I felt I’d earned it. I ran 30 minutes yesterday, and again today. Today I ran with J., so that caused me to go faster than usual. It wore me out, but I ended up averaging 10:03 per mile (versus 10:16 the day before), so I guess that’s cool. I’m not really in this for speed – not at this point, anyway, but measurable improvement is neat.

I am wondering how long it will be before the 30 minute run doesn’t seem so tough. I haven’t really been able to experience that whole “running as therapy” thing lately because I’ve been working so hard just to make it through to the end. The mental effects of running are my favorite part, and surely why it’s so addictive.

It hurts now, but one day this will be your warm up.

I hope.

I’m sad because I had to cancel Spotify Premium today. I did the one month free trial, and I would love to continue it, but I just can’t justify the expense right now. The weird thing was that the cancellation confirmation said it would end 4/17. I haven’t been charged, and I don’t see any pending charges in my bank account, so I’m hoping that I’m getting a free bonus month for no particular reason.

I just threw together a new playlist, since I was thinking that I’d better take advantage while it lasts. I think maybe I’m kind of proud of this one, if for no other reason than it makes me giggle.

Wanna hear it? Here it go:

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March 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

Rain

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Running’s going well. I’m getting faster, but busting my ass and loving every minute of it. Ok, there are some minutes I don’t love, but it’s mostly great. I tacked a long walk onto the end of my run yesterday and got caught in the wind and rain. The result:

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Yes, I wear makeup when I run, and I’m not sorry.

The weather was beautiful this afternoon (around 60ºF and sunny!), so I went out again. I know I’m not supposed to do it consecutive days at this point, but I do it anyway. My preference is to go four days in a row as long as my body doesn’t tell me differently, and take two days off. Maybe I’ll pay for that later. I took a short walk with J and Z (but not Jay Z, unfortunately) after my run since they were strolling on the greenway while I was running. It was nice.

I made another playlist that I used yesterday and today, and it’s pretty great. REALLY love “Is This How You Feel?”

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February 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

I like it

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I love running again. I’m not where I was before, but I’m getting a little better and faster every time. I think I may even like it better now than I did before.

One of my favorite things about running is listening to music. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with music, but for some reason I’ve neglected it a lot in recent years. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I watch waaaaay too much tv.

Anyway, I decided to give Spotify another chance for running purposes, and I’ve been very pleased. In order to make the music available away from home on the app, I had to sign up for a free month of Spotify Premium. I’m going to be sad when my month is up because paying for it just doesn’t fit in my slim budget right now.

Right now my workout consists of a five minute warmup, 20 minutes of run/walk intervals and a five minute cool down. With that in mind, I made a Spotify playlist that’s about 30 minutes long, and I kind of love this one. You can find it here.

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