2012 Miles

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Virtual Run for Sherry

Please go to SUAR to read about the Virtual Run on February 11, 2012. Her dear friend and relative was murdered while on her Saturday morning run. Basically she wants as many people as possible to run in memory for Sherry that day. There is a bib you can bring to show you are remembering Sherry.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

No Excuses Right BL?

The Biggest Loser is talking about no excuses and it is time for me to stop making excuses. Husband works late, Parker is awake, the garage is colds, it is late, blah, blah, blah!

Turn on the heater. Turn on GO Diego Go and run. 2 miles or 5 miles is better than couch potato! New goal finish 3 miles before Diego goes off :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Runner I Always Wanted to Be

The other day while I was running on a day that I did not want to be running I was doing a lot of thinking. I really started to think about why I run and why I keep doing it. I mean lets face it; running is hard! Right now it is cold out and there is nothing fun about running in sub 20 degree weather. Also, we are all broke down in one way or another. If you say nothing on your body hurts you are lying. Whether you are seriously injured or just fight the weekly aches and pains there are many days when it hurts to get your run in. There are numerous days where each step hurts my foot or ankle or hip or knee but I get some miles regardless. And lets face it sitting in pajamas on your couch always feels better than running around with snot frozen on your face or sweating to death. So why do I run?

There are a few events that I reflected back on to that stand out in my mind.

#1 In the 6th grade I signed up for the "long" run at field day. It was probably like a 1,000 meter or less since it was at an elementary school field day but I thought I was going to do some serious running! Lets back up and state that I did not play a single sport and the most athletic thing I did was ride my bike up and down my gravel driveway that was maybe a tenth of a mile long. To make a long story short they said go, I ran, everyone else ran really fast and finished days ahead of me. Guess who didn't try to run again?

#2 The above mentioned event must of impacted my self esteem or something because I have no memory of doing any athletic the rest of my school career. So bad that when I had to take P.E. as a freshman in high school I dreaded the one mile run so much that I lied and said my Mono was still acting up so that I could sit out P.E. for the entire nine weeks. I was terrified to run the mile because you had to do it under 12:00 minutes. However, there was a part of me that sat around watching everyone run that mile that wanted to be out there. But I did not run one step, catch one ball, or anything else athletic for my entire high school career.

#3 Skip ahead to college and my second year I had a super cute roommate that was involved in lots of sports. We would go the gym in attempts to work off our Mt. Dew and McDonalds diet (seriously how was I not 200 lbs) and we would both head separate ways. She would head to the track to run and I would hop on the elliptical because I couldn't run. She always tried to talk me into running but I had in my head that I was not a runner! It was a sheer miracle that I was in a gym to begin with!

#4 The "weigh in"... I was back home going to college and working a sports store (ironic, right?) and was living off fast food and cokes still. One doctor's appointment I weighed and was about 10 pounds heavier than I have ever been my whole life! So I made my new year's resolution (January 2004) to hit the gym. I did a great job and lost some serious weight and have kept if off since minus pregnancy. However, I made a friend while working out but she stopped being my workout buddy when she tried to talk me off the elliptical and onto the treadmill. Helllo, I DONT run!

#5 April/May 2008 I was sitting at the teacher's lounge and people were talking about having done a couch to 5K to run a new 5K run for a teacher that died a year ago. They asked me if I was doing it and I remember my response was "I don't run. I have never been able to run and honestly I just think there are some people that can run and some people that can't. I am one of the people who can't run. I guess I could walk it."

Well if you have read my sidebar you know there is where it all started. I went and did that 5K in a painful 42ish minutes and was disgusted with my 27 year old body for being so out of shape just because I had a baby. Almost three years later I guess I am a runner....

The runner I always wanted to be. Those days I don't feel like running I run for the 11 year old me that couldn't run around the baseball field, the 15 year old me that was scared of a 12 minute mile, the 19 year old me that wanted to run the track with her roommate, the 22 year old me that was scared of intervals and the 27 year old me that finally had the courage to try! I love this time of year when so many people around me are wanting to work out and run. They come ask me for advice on how to get started and I get so excited talking to them about running! I get excited that they are tackling a personal demon of their own but most of all I get so excited because it means I am runner. The runner I always wanted to be.

Daily Mile

I am breaking down and trying daily mile again! I like the way it tracks all your workouts and like all the statistics it gives you. If you use daily mile please look for me or tell me how to look for you.

My name on there is Twila M., location KY and I have on a green tank in my picture!

So far I have streaked for 5 days and hope to make it a full month. Some days will be just a mile but I want to run every day and get back in the habit. Especially on the treadmill. I used to run 7 and 8 miles on the treadmill during the week but have lost that ability for some reason : (

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gonna Get My Roll On...

or something like that! I found all my burnt CDs from college and decided to but them on my iPod for running. WOW! I was a lot different 10-12 years ago. There is not one song on those CDs that I could play with Parker in the room and I honestly could not remember half the names of those songs. Lets just say I was unaware of the fact that I was white and from Kentucky when I downloaded most of those songs. Some oldies but goodies include....

There were a lot more fabulous songs to choose from! Great memories of the good ole days when we had no worries! But I am can say I am much better shaper and much happier at this point in my life. Not sure if I would go back and do it again : )

Monday, January 16, 2012

Too Old to Blog...

Yeah.... I am old : ) Last Wednesday I turned 30! It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I really thought I was going to be all depressed and annoyed that I was getting "old" but I had such a great birthday it was hard to notice. The Saturday before my birthday I had a girl's night out and it was a blast. We took a limo to Lexington and partied until the wee hours of the morning (as in home at 5 a.m.)! Good times! Then on my birthday my husband spoiled me with flowers, waffles, 30 balloons and out to eat. The weekend after my birthday there was another limo trip with some of our couple friends out to eat and home for cake!

Note to self... do not weigh for at least a week after birthday festivities

I am still running when I am not partying : ) My running has been pretty good and I am keeping my mileage up since I am basically 2 months from my first spring marathon. My long runs have been wonderful! But we are still at 12 miles and we all know once you get over 15 miles it gets a little uncomfortable. I have been doing some weights after my work outs and plan to keep that up since I need to build my upper body strength by summer for the Triathlon and for the Tough Mudder in the fall.

Now the birthday festivities are over I am going to try to streak for a month! That sounds a lot more risky than it is. Basically I am going to run for a lot of days straight and with my clothes on. Just a mile will count for days that are typically off days. Also, I am going to try to keep up my 100 ab exercises and 50 push ups each day. If I am a good girl I will get to eat a dessert for Valentine's Day; until then I am REALLY going to keep my desserts and sweets to a minimum and know major eating out trips until then either.

Sorry for the lack of blogging but I have been getting back into work mode after the holiday break and celebrating my oldness.