Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Running and Working

Unrelated fierceness: last night I read an article about the creator of the Mad Men Yourself program where you can create a Mad Men avatar of yourself--an artist, Dyna Moe--who started independently illustrating the episodes from Mad Men just for fun (she's friends with one of the actors) and posting them at Flickr. Super cool. The drawings have a really chic aesthetic. Check out the collection. Okay, back to running and working:

It IS possible for me to do both. Huh. Cool.

Last night E says, so you went for a run this morning, huh? and I was all yeah, I ran all the way to Zehnder's yogurt and back at 5:00 AM. He cocks his head at me with Scooby Doo ears and goes Buh? No, not really, but he looked at me with all the surprise of the Scooby Doo ears and says Really? and I was all yeah and he was all whoa. This update brought to you by a 15 year old version of me.

Here's the rest of the update, for anybody who is following this whole running adventure. (Read my FIRST post about running, from back in April, here.) It's been a good couple of weeks. I'm finding that sticking to my goals and running in the morning is making things much easier--it's out of the way when I get up and go and I don't have to worry about it all day. I can just act like a couch potato all night and not feel guilty about it. Super.

I posted the other day about feeling like slow moving puke when I decided to run in the 97 degree heat. Here's a cool/ interesting article that a friend posted on my Facebook page last night. No wonder I felt like crap. I guess I was moments from death... or something like that. The article from Runner's World can be found here.

Another article has been making some pretty big waves in the blog world lately, this article about exercise that appeared in the August 9 issue of Time. It's so controversial because it puts forth the idea that we're not meant to be expending calories the way that people do when they exercise. I agree, but we're also not meant to be sitting on a couch all day or in front of a computer. I also couldn't agree more with Lauren of Run and Rejoice who commented on the article this afternoon and who says "we certainly weren’t meant to consume the sugar laden Starbucks muffins or greasy french fries he talks about. This isn’t a problem created by exercise, it’s a problem created by society." Word.

It's interesting to me that this article just came out because as you know, I've been exercising like a crazy beast and eating healthy like it's my religion, but still not really seeing much in the (weight) results department. Frustrating. When I heard about the Time article on TV, I purposefully stayed away from it for a while. I didn't want it to mess with my head and allow me an excuse. After I saw the controversy on the web I decided to take a look. It's not so bad, I just don't really agree with it. I can't tell you how many benefits I am seeing from running, in spite of the slow loss of weight. Boo, but not total boo.

So here are the weekly stats: no change in weight, but that means no increase either. Holding fast at around 152. Not great, but my body certainly feels better than it did in the spring. As the Brady Bunch would sing, "I'm gonna keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on..." running. This week my "short" (HA) runs are 4.5 miles and my long run on Sunday is a 7 miler. Holy Geez, you guys. Seven miles. I have to keep reminding myself that at one point I felt like that about 2 miles. I've been running at 5:00 AM, which is so peaceful. I love watching the sunrise. I know that's corny, but I can't believe how few sunrises I've seen in 30 years. I have a lot of catching up to do.

Wednesday and Saturday are either run or cross train days--this week I am choosing to walk. My calves and shins need the rest, but I want to keep the routine of getting up early so I don't get lazy. Last week I saw a raccoon family on one of my walks. It's worth mentioning here that a walk feels like a totally indulgent treat at this point. I enjoyed the heck out of them last week.

I am LOVING--as in luh-uh-uh-uh-ving my new fuel belt. Super comfy and I am one happy camper with my water strapped to my waist in my uber fanny pack. Super fly and super hydrated. My shoes are still great, but the laces are not staying tight which probably has more to do with the person tying them than the laces themselves. This can end up causing a lot of posterior shin pain though, so I have to be careful. I've had to stop on each of my last runs to tighten things up about halfway through.

Running is still going well. My biggest challenge is not getting frustrated with my mile times. I read "real" runner blogs where their times are more in the 7:00 or 8:00 range and I want to put a blanket over my head and sob. I'm trying to remember (and I apologize for the repetitive appearances of this statement here, but it's more for me than for you) that in April I couldn't run more than a half mile without stopping.

I am thankful for what running has given me already. I totally have the runner's high. Small victories. I'm proud of myself just for sticking to the routine. I'm grateful for the time to myself.

What about you? What have you been doing lately? Running? Pole vaulting? Dancing? Teaching? Reading? Couch-potatoing? I'd love to hear from you so it's not just ALL me around here.


P.S. Speaking of reading--one of my total annoyances in life is that there's no way to read and run at the same time--I've tried. Listening to spoken word on the iPod is a real pace killer. Here's how I'm going to make my million. (Or someone else can and I will just consume it.) Ready? Are you listening? Books narrated with a steady techno beat in the background so people can "read" and run. You're welcome.


  1. Ok, I need to get me a fuel belt. I wasn't sure how much it would jiggle though when I run, so I have purposely stayed away from them. I need to get to my local running store and see what they have. Second, I haven't been running much, and I feel terrible about it! I used to be able to run a 12 minute mile for 3 miles straight, but nope, lately it is 1.5 mi at 11 minutes and 30 seconds, and then the last 1.5 mi at 17 minutes! Makes for lousy times! I need to get my alarm set, and get out there running. I still walk at lunch, but I agree the benefits are so great when you run. As for the time challenge, you should try doing track work. One of my marathon friends runs sprints at the high school track. Have someone time you while you run quarter miles/half and such.

    Love the blog and keep at the running!

  2. Oh, and 11:30 is the mile time, not the 1.5 mi time. :-)

  3. I cannot say enough of how proud I am of you! I feel the same way about running....well, the way you felt about running. I wish I had that discipline....with that in mind I have been taking ballet at Ballet Austin every monday for the past few weeks! It's awesome! The endorphins are great for me and I need all I can get :) I'm gonna try adding hatha yoga to my exercise regimine during the week...trying to destress my life as much as possible b/c that apparently makes you more fertile? Who knows, but I'll do anything short of taking fertility drugs! So, that's what's goin' on...maybe I'll blog about it later :-D

  4. I love running also. The adrenaline rush is amazing. It may not help us lose weight that fast, but still, it makes us feel good right?! Doesn't matter that much because yeah, it's not a total boo. Losing weight requires discipline in the first place and it doesn't happen that fast. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

  5. I've been coaching...a combination of teaching and dancing and of course, disciplining.

    BTW, loved the pics of Addie at school. So cute and stylish!

  6. I just wanted to let you know that you are one of my main inspirations when it comes to running. Oregon is a big running school and there are a TON of serious runners there; but I never really considered it for myself until I started reading your blog.

    It's nice to have someone else out there that hasn't been running track or cross country since high school.

    That being said I also wanted to say hang in there with weight-loss struggles! I am going through a lot of the same and it is definitely frustrating not losing as quickly as I think I should at my weight.

  7. I've been running too in the mornings for about 45 minutes to an hour and I still haven't seen weight loss either, but it feels great none the less. I feel more motivated and its great to get myself going in the morn!!

  8. Thanks for all the comments, friends! I love them! You made my day! You made my WEEK! Thanks for stopping by!