The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon…

Everything is coming up running. Seriously, everywhere I have turned in the last few days I have heard something about running. There’s a cool science term for when that happens but mostly it’s just a great intro.

NPR had a great article/story this morning about the author of “Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time” where he talks about how running changed his life, but not from a weight loss perspective and more of an addictive personality perspective. He credits it with saving him from alcoholism. I thought that was interesting and I plan on buying his book, which (I hope) is more about life & running instead of training schedules and times. You can check out the NPR article here.

Sit to Fit Update

So, last night was night number 3 of Sit to Fit. We added 10 minutes to our out and back time, which made our run about 30 minutes. My Nike+ didn’t record it 100% correctly, since it started after the warm up. Over all I didn’t notice the distance, I don’t think I ever do. I’m always thinking about the next walk section. We also did farther than this on the first night, so I wasn’t scared by the extra 10 minutes.

I was super cranky when I showed up for the run. I felt like I was running late because I was busy at work and while traffic wasn’t that bad I was still rushing around. I was very hungry and very thirsty (I hadn’t been good about drinking my water at work) and to top it all off I couldn’t find my arm band and had to just carry my phone. I was thinking of skipping and was making up excuses my whole way there. Thankfully they hadn’t started yet so I couldn’t get out of the run.

In the end I’m glad I made it on time. I was able to work out a lot of my crankiness and felt a lot better afterward. I did almost all of my sets, I only skipped 2 because my foot got number but I did run the final one, which is how I like to end. I’m glad I went, especially since every time I shave about a minute off my mile time. That in itself is awesome.

PCOS Update

Yesterday, I got some great news before my running group. I beat the deadline to get benefits from my work (so many hours in so much time) so I can finally stop stressing out about that. I’m not one to be accident prone or avoid activity because I might get hurt without insurance so it doesn’t affect running so much. I, unfortunately, had to stop taking my Methformin while uninsured and unemployed, which means I need to go to a doctor to restart. With insurance those items are actually cheap enough to afford, thank goodness.  This is good news, and hopefully it will start working in a week or two and I can get back on a path to a lower weight.

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Sit to Fit #2: She will go all the way!

Thursday’s Sit to Fit (C25K but with a running group!) went a lot better on Thursday then Monday. Basically what happened on Monday is that we forgot to walk the first 5 minutes, so we ended up doing 15 minutes out, which meant we went farther, and didn’t warm up totally right. Thursday we remembered to walk the first 5 minutes and therefore didn’t go as far.

Monday:

 

I was able to complete all but 2 sets of the 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking. The first was at the end of the 10 minutes out, we turned around about 1 minute into a set and I got confused and ended up walking 2 minutes to a 1 minute run. The second was the last set. I was tired and did about 1 minute of running, and then walked at a fast pace and then ran the last 20 seconds so that I could finish running.

This time I went a lot slower, which really helped. I made sure to not really go much faster than my fastest walk. This way I was still working the muscles but not losing the energy as fast. I was surprised to find that I was still able to do the talk test during my last two full sets. Which is why I was able to complete almost all the sets, I wasn’t sprinting like I had been the first night.

Thursday:

Tonight is another night, but we up the time. Basically its 15 out and 15 back, so like last Monday but on purpose this time. I’m slightly nervous but my goals remain the same: do as many full sets as possible without harm and make sure to complete the last set either by running the full thing or running the last 30+ seconds.