7/5/12

reading and running

I have been a busy lady lately, and unfortunately (fortunately?) it doesn't have much to do with making stuff. 


A few months ago, a friend and I decided to do a half marathon. Isn't that awesome? Hah! Guess who's never run a race of any length before? Me. Guess who couldn't even run 2 miles? Me. Guess who decided to run a half marathon with someone who has already successfully run a half marathon? I don't even have to tell you. Nevertheless, I am going to do it. It's not until February, but I have already begun training. I am going on 7 weeks of running, which is the longest I have ever kept at an exercise regimen. I'm proud, but still intimidated by how much farther I have to go. I'll get there, one run at a time.

Fitting in runs is a challenge. For my short runs, we go to the gym after my husband and I get home from work. I get in a 2.5 mile run while I watch 30 Rock on Netflix. It's actually pretty luxurious to be alone for a little while, as long as I can tune everything else out. I am battling my social anxiety over running in the fitness center. You guys. People can look at my butt. The gym is set up to where the two rows of treadmills are in the front of the room. That means all the ellipticals, bikes, weights, etc. are behind me. I have this thing about people being behind me and looking at me.  Chronic back-of-the-class student here. Inevitably, I get a wedgie while I am running and I get so fixated on if the person behind me can tell I have a wedgie (they can) that I don't concentrate on breathing or pace or whatever else nonsense I am supposed to be thinking about. I'm learning to push through it though. Not only do I get in exercise, I battle my social problems and learn how not to care what people think. One, two, three birds with one sweaty stone. I can really tell the difference in how I feel. I have more energy and I just feel better. I set a goal, I am working towards it slowly but surely, and that's a good thing (said in creepy Martha voice).


 I've also been spending quite a bit of time reading. It feels good to read for the sake of reading and to give myself permission to just curl up with a book. I don't know how many of you know about Goodreads, but I am kind of obsessed with it. It's like Facebook for book lovers. It's basically a log where you can keep track of books you've read or want to read. I always do the "I want to read that, but I'll pick it up later" thing and then never get back to reading a book. Now I can just save it in my Goodreads to-read list and I won't forget about it down the line when I am ready to start a new book. I also like to switch genres or topics every so often, so having a big list of books I want to read is nice. You can have friends, read and write reviews, and search topics and lists. I use it mostly on my phone, but you can use it online too. If you are a reader, I would highly recommend it. 

So if you're ever wondering why you haven't seen a post from me for a week or two, just picture me red-faced and sweating on the treadmill or curled up in a ratty t-shirt and gym shorts I've had since high school (they still fit!) catching up on a good book. Either way, you might not ever gonna want to think about me again.

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13 comments:

  1. Congrats on committing to such a big goal, and good luck! Trust me, no one at the gym is looking at your butt, wedgie or no! They are too busy 1) watching the TVs or reading their magazines or whatever, 2) focusing on not dieing during their own workout, or 3) worrying about their own wedgies. My hard-core, totally inspiring fitness instructor likes to tell us to "make it ugly," meaning if you still look good at the end of your workout, you didn't work hard enough. Please keep us posted, I'd love to hear how your training goes.

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    1. Ha! Today as I was running, I was thinking "I gotta make it ugly". Thanks for the advice :)

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  2. Good for you on the running! I really want to start running, but I am one of those people who absolutely hates to run, so we will see how it goes. I doubt the other people in the gym are looking at you. Usually they are wrapped up in their own insecurities and focusing on working out! Keep us posted! And enjoy your books. :)

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    1. I hate to run to, but I am finding myself liking it more and more, despite my insecurities. If I can do it, anyone can. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. I don't know if you have an iPod but Podrunner is great for newbie runners. It basically takes 12 week periods to move you from "First day to 5K", then "Gateway to 8K", then finally "Freeway to 10K". I like Podrunner Intervals because (when I was exercising!) I liked to run, then walk, run, then walk.

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    1. I am using the Jeff Galloway 5k app. He uses the run, walk, run method and I really like it. Maybe when I am done with the 5k training I will look into the Freeway to 10k. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Good for you! It feels good to be on a regular exercise program and get fit. It's been ages since I did it, but I look forward to it again. You know, well after baby #2 gets here. Bah, who am I kidding?

    Thanks for the Goodreads recommendation. Someone recommended it to me a little while back and then I plum forgot about it. I'm loving One Thousand White Women!

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    1. I'm glad you got on Goodreads. I love having a place to keep track of the many, many books I want to read... someday. ha!

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  5. That´s awesome - you´ll make it! :-)

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  6. Wow, I'm so impressed, a half marathon! I am so NOT a runner! But I know what you mean, I have been going to a gym for about 6 months now, and there is a big difference in how I feel. It is awesome! So much more energy. And my husband is impressed at how I can actually keep up with him on walks now. :)

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    1. I am not a runner either - not even a little bit. The last running I did was in college, and I think I kept at it for about 2 weeks. A half marathon is one of those life goal things, so I am excited to actually be doing it. Thanks for the support :)

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  7. congrats on the training! i just completed my first half-marathon in April (i couldn't run more than 3 miles before i started training for it). i remember how much i loved the sense of accomplishment after i hit each new distance milestone and it only gets better when you cross the 13.1 finish line!

    also, i am obsessed with goodreads too! between that and my kindle i find i spend way more money now on books than ever before! :)

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