I was looking for my last SF50 the other day and in the process found an old running journal. When I was a “runner” I always kept a journal. I started running in the 7th grade. My dad and I would go to the high school track at night and I would start on the outside lane and run 8 laps, moving in a lane as I completed each lap. 2 miles. I remember the cool nights of March and the hot nights during the summer. I remember making a hand drawn calendar, marking the days with a black felt tip pen. I’d set a goal for mileage for the week and we would be at the track 3 or 4 nights a week. This continued for years. I ran cross country my Freshman and Sophomore years. I was never a “gifted runner”, but loved being apart of the team. I had a serious knee injury my junior year and did not finish the season. My senior year I opted (brace yourself) to try out for Cheerleading. I made the squad and secretly envied the runners on the track while I was doing “cheers and stunts” in the grassy part of the field. Through it all I continued running. I kept a running journal all through my twenties. Once my son was born and I went through a divorce running fell to way side. I haven’t kept a running journal since.
The journal I found in my filing cabinet has a log of Volksmarches I ran in the early 90’s. It was so strange to see distances like 10k, 12k, 20, 10k consistently week after week.
If you’ve struggled with your weight chances are according to Bob Greene (Oprah’s personal trainer), it is tied to an emotional issue. Its never really about the food, according to Bob.
I think my story is much like other moms. When you work full time (or more), are raising kids, being a wife, throw in youth sports….prioritizing gets to be like juggling several balls…..and usually something eventually will fall. Or you juggle with less balls….which is my case. Ive put my health and fitness on the back burner while concentrating my effort on career and family. It’s not something I’m proud of or something I was even realizing at the time. With only so many hours in the day, I have not made taking care of myself a top priority.
Going into a new year, I’ve spent time reflecting on all the things I was thankful for in 2008. I also am setting new goals for 2008 and my #1 goal is the lifestyle change of getting healthy. I’ve rearranged my whole work schedule, work life and even the radio show we do on Tuesdays nights by putting the Fitness journey on the front burner.
Today I hopped on the elliptical and it felt good……once I was done. Here was my workout:
5 min. cardio
5 min. low impact aerobic / tae-bo moves
30 min. total
10 min. worth of ab exercizes
I plan on sharing my workout routines here and sharing more thoughts vs. just stats.
My current goal is to loose 10 lbs. Im breaking down this “big elephant” of a goal into bite size pieces.
Thanks for reading and joining the journey……
I can’t wait till I’m finally “running”, for now I am taking it one workout at a time.
Tips to get you motivated to run/workout:
2. MAMA, GET A NEW PAIR OF SHOES. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper puts new gear she receives as an elite athlete to good use. “It’s fun to break in a new pair of shoes,” she says. “Sometimes that’s enough to get me excited.”