Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Guess what I did yesterday?

I was about to head to the gym, and I just plain did not want to go. The idea of hitting up the eliptical machine again seemed unbearable. all I could think of was how nice it was outside, and how I'd rather go for a walk.

or a run :-) I changed my clothing at work, and headed home, not stopping until I reached Wollaston beach. I used to try and run here all the time, key word is try.  I would run for a minute and be so out of breath I'd have to walk for three. I wasn't pacing myself, or building up my endurance. But either way, when I thought about running outside, this is the first place I thought of. It's a long stretch of pavement along a beach that is always full of people running or walking (or sitting). It's very peaceful and serene, and it's where I headed. I stretched, and did a quick warm up walk and then took off. I chose to go back a bit in the C25K program, because I know running outside is very different than running inside.

And I realized that part of my frustration with running comes from running on a treadmill. The only  times I've tried running outside was during a race. The pressure was on, and I tired myself out early. This time there was no pressure. I get tired? I can sit for a minute. I can walk if my knee starts to hurt. Either way I tried, and that's all that matters.

But after the first few minutes, I realized that I didn't want to stop. I wanted to keep going. I ran the entire length, took a two minute break at the end to drink some water, and bring my HR down a bit, and then ran the entire length back, and cooling down by walking further down the beach a bit. I ran for a total of 22 minutes, and felt awesome. I wasn't bored, or tired, or feeling nauseous from not being able to breathe. I felt confident, strong, and happy. Don't get me wrong. All these months that I've tried running, I haven't hated it. I've just never really reached that point where I hit a stride, and felt comfortable. But yesterday I did, and it felt awesome.

And more importantly, I have zero knee pain. A bit discomfort yesterday afterwards but icy hot helped to cure that ;-)

My weekend, as I said, was quiet. Saturday M and I took a lovely walk with the puppy, down this bike trail a few minutes from my house. It was so pretty, and full of people walking, biking, running, etc. I loved how warm and lovely it was, and could feel the amount of walking we did in my legs later on that day!

I ate pretty healthy throughout the weekend, although snacking and grazing is something I still struggle with. I need to just not allow myself to eat anything that isn't on a plate, you know? But alas, I didn't. Thankfully my meals combatted this (I think)

Friday Dinner- 2 slices of pizza, salad, a glass of wine and then 4 beers later on.
Saturday Lunch- buffalo chicken deli meat with muenster cheese on ciabbatta roll. It was delicious, and worth every point.
Saturday Dinner- cheeseburger on a bulkie roll with a salad.
Sunday Breakfast- 1 egg 2 egg whites, 2 slices toast, fruit salad. 
Sunday Dinner- Roast chicken, 1/2 C mashed potatoes, 1/2 C carrots and parsnips.

I did snack in between on Sunday, including 6 munchkins that my parents graciously put in front of me. But otherwise, not too shabby :-) Plus I kept my drinking to one night. Last night M and I hung out and watched Food Inc, because he had never seen it before. I had 2 glasses of wine and a beer, but I was ok with it, because I have a ton of weeklies left to use up, and was in the mood for a few drinks :-)

I hope to stay OP for the rest of the week. I really want to come close to my 50 pound goal at WI this week, so well see. Today I have all my meals planned out, and my sister is cooking something OP tonight. I think I will do a video when I get home as well, just to get some APs in.

Tomorrow more of the same, except I will be going to the gym for a nice long workout :-) Thursday night I have a dentist appointment, so I may not get a great workout in, although my sister offered to go to the gym with me afterwards. Well see :-)

And after that it's Red sox game on Friday, and TV on the Radio on Saturday! Such an exciting weekend ahead of me!!


  1. Great job on the run! I'd love to have somewhere like that to run! I know how empowering a great run really is!

  2. Great job! And yay for no knee pain!!