Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day Twenty

Eight miles.  I determined in my mind that I could run it.  And so, this afternoon, I did.  I suppose the hardest part of running is deciding in your head that you can do it.  I've found that the body will do whatever the mind tells it to.  It's the mind that needs convinced.  And so, on Friday, my mind was already made up, and today I ran the four miles to my church and home again.  
I couldn't believe how good it felt, how strong I felt, how satisfied I was when I finally finished.  Truth be told, it took me entirely too long to do it.  I run slow, and have terrible form.  But I run.  That's the important thing.

Day Twenty 148lbs
I'm sure you've all noticed the 2 pound flux in my weight.  But we won't worry about that because we know I carb-loaded in order to prepare for my run.  

Tonight I had the most delicious rotisserie chicken for dinner.  I also had corn, a potato, and a biscuit.  More carbs.  More running tomorrow.

Mary, there's my feet again.  Not sure what the appeal is, but I'm glad you like them. :)

1 comment:

  1. Hm., now that I think about it, I DO notice feet. Ha ha. :-)

    Wow, I thought I was so "hardcore" because I ran 5 mi. today -- making my count since Tuesday, 21 mi., but YOU ARE WAY MORE HARDCORE! ;-)

    I was toying with the idea of doing another 5 tomorrow, or just 3, but I think I'm going to do another of Jillian's KILLER BUNS & THIGHS, instead. 21 mi. is already a 7 mi. increase from last week, and according to the "experts" a much too quick of an increase, so I want to play it cautious, to keep any potential running-related injuries at bay. I'm pretty much terrified of shin splints, illiotibial band syndrome, runner's knee, et al. Because of knee issues in my past (regardless if I'm running or not), I'm trying to play it safe.

    I am stretching religiously after my runs. I have a folder *somewhere* (In storage in OK, perhaps?) that I compiled when I was a teenager. Back then I hoped to become a professional/elite runner, and collected TONS of runnning-related articles dealing with training, injury prevention, etc. There's these exercises that can strengthen the (legs? feet? thighs? knees?) to give a person better form, alignment, and to prevent injury. One of them was walking forwards and backwards on one's tippy toes; another was walking forwards and backwards on one's heel, if I remember correctly. Yet another was walking on one's arch forwards and backwards, too. All of this for just a few feet/yards. I'm rambling..

    Probably w/ my legs/knees and whacky leg alignment, I have no business running, but I FEEL SO GREAT WHEN I'M RUNNING, that I just can't play it THAT safe!

    I've always been so impatient, that I've upped my mileage way quicker than the "experts" suggest, and if I remember correctly, I've felt it a little.. "They" say upping mileage too quickly, too soon is the number one cause of running related injury, so ya. I plan on upping my mileage to around 25 mi. next week, so we shall see how it goes.

    I'm very impressed with this whole Ashley is a runner thing. And you did a 10K. Although I've done 3 5K's, I've never done that long of a distance, so you are automatically cooler than me. ;-) I am hoping to do some races this next Fall! (Yes, I said this yesterday, but here I go again, being repetitious.)