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The damn scale isn’t budging. It’s irritating me beyond belief. Since the last time I posted:

1/28 1.6 miles
1/30 5.6 miles
1/31 2.1 miles
2/4 5.4 miles Рtreadmill running, 20 w/u, 2/2 intervals for 20 minutes, 3/2 intervals for 40 minutes, 10 minute cool down

January’s total: 30 miles

Only 960 (or so) more miles for the year!

Last night I did 65 minutes and 4.43 ‘miles’ on the elliptical trainer.

Tonight I did 60 minutes and 4.59 ‘miles’ on the elliptical trainer.

My girls are too big and my favorite jog bra is tight. Tonight my neck hurts. Otherwise I end up with a less-than supportive jog bra and the girls get sore. My one plastic surgery wishlist item: reduction surgery. Nick insists over his dead body.

I went to the gym tonight and did 4.6 miles on the elliptical. The one that has the arm thingies on it too. I did an interval session. It was a good sweat.

Saturday: 1.3 miles

Sunday: 2.2 miles

I was supposed to do 3 miles today, but my calves were still sore from the step class I took Tuesday, coupled with all the lifting I did yesterday. Not even my music could get me motivated. So, rather than push it through the pain, I took it easy. Plenty of time to make that up.

Me. That’s who. Sillies! Who else would I be?

My two races for this year are:

May 4, 2008 Heels & Hills Half Marathon

November 2, 2008 New York City Marathon

I’ve deferred the NYC race 2 years now…that’s close to $300 in registration & processing fees down the tube. I’m NOT deferring another year. In my most fabulous year of 2005, I had a new motto. No more excuses. Somewhere along the way I kind of forgot that. I made lots of excuses and bought some new pants as a result. I still have those ‘skinnier’ pants in my closet, hanging in the back, mocking my thighs. Shirts I can’t wear because the girls have gotten a bit hefty.

I made effort over the holidays, going to the gym 5 times in the two weeks I was off (5/14 ratio…not too bad for a heretofore slacker). I have my shuffle packed with high-energy songs, and even Nick has remarked how I’m a different (read: better) person after I’ve run.

I’m not going to try to keep a food journal just yet. That’s too tough to update multiple times per day. I’m also not going to reveal my current weight, because frankly, I am deeply ashamed. But I will keep a running total of weight lost per week, as well as exercise totals daily, with a weekly recap. I have my trusty Excel spreadsheet with formulas, calculations, etc. all ready and waiting to go. Based on the training plan I will follow, I will run over 1,000 miles this year in traning for both of these race. *baby steps baby steps baby steps* Gotta start somewhere, right!

Catching up for yesterday:

Gym: 15 minutes on treadmill warm up, 60 minute step/kickboxing/abs class. (Yes, I am sore today.)

Weight: -0

Miles to Date: 4

Daily Kick in the Butt: Even if you fall flat on your face at least you are moving foward. -Sue Luke

At what point did I think 2 miles was going to be a long distance to run? Two years ago, I would have been ‘Pshaw! 2 miles! That’s nothing!’. Now I’m thinking “Woo Hoo! I ran 2 miles!

That’s what I did last night. We went to the Cooper Aerobics Center for a presentation, and so we did our run at 6:15 pm instead of 7 pm. There’s a track that winds around the facility. For some reason, I was the only one from my group that showed up on time (one girl came later for the presentation), so I had my coach all to myself. I hope he wasn’t too frustrated with me. Except for last Thursday’s run which was a really good run for me, I’ve been having a horrible time with my calves cramping up and my ankles hurting. It’s probably the extra weight I have on my ass, which, despite working out and eating better, doesn’t seem to be budging. Hellooo…fat butt go away! I don’t like you and don’t want you anymore. Buh bye.

My frustration last night almost led to tears, but I didn’t think my coach would appreciate it. It also makes today’s Daily Kick in the Butt more fortuitous.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”

Fred Lebow, Romanian, racing pioneer in American and abroad

Tonight we added 5-30 second pick-ups to our 20 minute run. It was the last scheduled 20 minute run of the class. We actually ended up doing 25 minutes. Instead of running on the street, we ran on the track. My Garmin croaked, so I don’t have an accurate count of the number of miles we did, but based on our previous pace and the increased pace tonight, I think we did about 1.8 miles.

On Monday night, my legs were hurting from my ankles about up to mid-calf. Tonight during the first part of the run, they got sore again. Then, when we started the pick-ups on the track and I ran faster, they didn’t hurt as much! That’s a strange solution…run faster. Whatever works…

“If you race merely for the tributes from others, you will be at the mercy of their expectations.”

Scott Tinley, triathlete and author

I went to my runnng class again tonight. A 20 minute run, probably about the same distance as last Thursday. But I hurt. From my ankles to the middle of my shins was cramping and stiff. So I stretched during and afterwards. I know it’s all due to building back up to a level of activity. So I just have to keep at it, building up strength.

My foot still hurts. I can’t decide if it’s strain or something else. Some days it feels better than others. In fact, this morning I thought “Wow, it’s really feeling better.” We’ll see how it feels tomorrow after tonight’s run.

Several people I know ran the Boston Marathon today. Despite weather conditions, they all did very well. Great job!

Quote Today:
“I just run as hard as I can for 20 miles, and then race.”

Steve Jones, (when asked about his race plan, after he had won the “Chicago Marathon” in the then world’s best time)

That’s my group. Several nice ladies are in my group. Last night we did a 20 minute run, 4:1 (run 4, walk 1). We’ll build up our running time each week. Our average pace was 15:42. My foot hurt like hell when I got home. I iced it down and it feels somewhat better this morning.

“Perseverance: is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”
Walter Elliott, Catholic priest

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years that they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”
T. Alan Armstrong

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Confucius

Tonight was night 1 of my running 101 class. One step in front of the other. That’s how. We had the standard intro – no dogs, bring water, be on time, don’t skip a workout just because you’ll be a little late. Then we went and ran for 20 minutes to put us in our pacing groups. I’ll be in the slow-mo group please. Thank you very much. I have no problem with that. It is what it is. Have to start (over) somewhere!

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