Monday, August 20, 2007

Week 1 is OVER!

I managed to eek out a scant 7 miles (that's 2m on Wednesday, 2m on Thursday, and 3m on Saturday). My schedule says REST on Fridays and Mondays, honest. On Wednesday morning, I ran/walked the loop in our neighborhood. I had NO IDEA there were so many people awake and outside at 6:30am. There were the bus stop moms (and dad), the dog walkers, and the exercisers. Unbelievable. It was truly an enlightening experience. I think at one point in a past life, I used to get up early and see people out and about. But in truth, it's such a vague and fuzzy memory that I can't quite remember if it was just something I dreamed, saw on a movie, read about, or a story that someone told me. It's difficult for me to comprehend that people are mobile and vocal(meaning they speak to you) before sun-up. It's kind of neat! In the past, I have been safely ensconced in the bosom of my home at that hour, barely mobile (meaning I stumble to the kitchen with eyes closed to pour a cup of coffee), and not at all vocal (meaning, I rarely speak until after coffee - and as my dear husband can attest, if I do speak, the conversations are not my best). After my walk/run which took about 35 minutes, and talking to all of the neighbors, I felt good - REALLY GOOD! Of course, my shins were on fire (can you say shin splints) but the energy that followed me for the remainder of the day was awesome. Thursday was more of the same. I ran/walked the same loop in the neighborhood, spoke to the neighbors, and put ice on my shins. On Sunday, I attempted cross training, which for me meant upper body strengthening. I followed an upper body circuit for about 35 minutes and realized that I am in much worse shape than I thought (and that's pretty bad). The most I could lift was 16 lbs (an 8lb weight in each hand). I felt pathetic, especially considering my son weighs about 45 lbs and I manage somehow to carry him up 2 flights of stairs when he falls asleep in the car. But maybe I can attribute that to maternal motivation. Let's go with that theory. I'm not really discouraged though, just a bit more determined. It felt good to sleep in this morning and my shins don't hurt any longer - so I'm ready to go again!

1 comment:

jim lyle said...

i am so proud of you. this is gonna happen. i have total confidence that you will do this, and your life will be so much better for doing it. welcome to the club, ms runner. jim/atl