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06 December 2010 @ 11:13 pm
slogging along  
I'm a crashing bore. If I'm not talking about my kitties, I'm talking about running/working out/trying to be less mushy. If I'm not talking about either of those things, it's only because I'm in the midst of foisting off books on you lovely lot. If it's none of the above, I'm obsessing about food.

There's me in a nutshell: somewhat pudgy crazy cat lady tossing books at folks as she stirs the stew on the stovetop.

You'd think with an intro like that I'd offer up an entirely new subject, one never before spoken of on these pages... and you'd be wrong. I'm back to the running thing. Sorry. I've got to be me.

Only it's not me, is it? This running thing, I mean. I've been at it for two and a half months. On average, I run twice a week. I know REAL runners are five days or more, but not all REAL runners teach seven kickboxing classes a week, either.* But this far in, I should be liking it. Or at least tolerating it. I am doing neither. Sure, I had a sinus infection; that made breathing a bit rough. Sure, I had to run in the rain. I had to run hills. I had to ignore the creaky knee, the crackly hip, the spasming shoulder (yes: running affects my bum rotator cuff). What about endorphins? What about the meditative state? The joy? The calm?

Far as I can tell, they're all lies.

A friend who has been running for years tells me that two and a half months is far too early to like running, much less love it. I really want to believe her. Paltry though my efforts have been, I have noticed a significant difference since September 28th. It's not just the weight loss - my body shape has changed. My muscle tone is markedly improved. My skin, eternally plagued with psoriasis, is looking the best it has in the last decade.

So I keep slogging along. It's a struggle to get myself out on the trail. It's sheer agony to work hills. Rain is a beast, but it's nothing to cold weather (I went for a 5k run in 26ºF, windy weather in my capri length cotton workout pants; I had layers up top, but I really need proper gear). I am determined to be fit and healthy and it looks as if running is the best course of action for the months ahead.

Still not counting out Roller Derby, of course, nor Figure Skating. Until I get up the gumption for either of those, though, running it is. Heaven help me.



*Why does this make me so defensive? I sort of puff up and, well... look a bit like this.

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Fjordhopper: Smoochfjordhopper on December 7th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Hey, if I posted more, I'd probably be be the same! all I talk about is my dogs and sheep herding! (sheep herding is great! but people think that I am a total wierdo and just sort of go "wha?"!!)
I am super impressed by your running. I tried to start and went out all of one time. my only hope is the super energy of my Monty pup. When we walk with John & Dakota, Monty has so much energy that we need to run ahead and then double back. (at which point I am out of breath, but maybe if we do it enough, eventually that may change :)
and see...here I am, talking about the dogs again (my poor kitty needs more press!)
Zoë Tzoethor on December 7th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I love reading your entries, personally.

Also, not to be a pessimist, but I once stuck with running for a year and still hated it. That's when I decided that I was not a runner and that I wasn't going to force myself to do it ever again. I have since discovered biking, which I like quite a lot.
awomanthatsblueawomanthatsblue on December 7th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
I am mortally envious of your (moderately) happy skin! Mine is still super cranky, WTF?

Anyway, I love reading your entries, too. You make me think that maybe someday I will run outside like a big girl, not just inside on the treadmill. (Probably not till spring, though, because blargh, cold.)

I agree that running does nice things to the ol' bod! And that it's really hard to motivate oneself to do it. But you can do it! Think how fit you'll be for Roller Derby if you keep this up. :)
(Anonymous) on December 7th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and ps, I don't know if this will help to speed up your Roller Derby Gumption, but one of my cousins did roller derby for a while, and apparently she got epically buff. Just so you know. :)
awomanthatsblueawomanthatsblue on December 7th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Um, that anonymous comment was me! I guess I didn't notice I was logged out.
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
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(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
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Cool post! How much stuff did you have to look up in order to write this one? I can tell you put some work in.