Putting My Best Foot Forward
Most of my stories these days start with “When Craig and I would walk..” well that’s all about to change. Granted, we will still walk to lose weight and have our time together, but marathon fever has hit our house big time. I can’t even tell you how impressed I was watching all of my friends, and even strangers, run the half-marathon this past month. I just kept thinking to myself “Why do you let your weight Amy keep you from things like this?” So the idea seed was sown, and Craig and I are moving towards our goal of the 10 mile run this coming October in Walt Disney World.
Where do you start? I know there are a million programs out there for training, and everyone has an opinion, so seeking out the correct and right information can be somewhat of a challenge. I talked to a lot of my friends who have run marathons for advice on shoes, clothing, and training. Craig and I headed to the New Balance outlet last weekend to find clothes and shoes. They didn’t have Craig’s size, but I was happy to find a great pair, along with running shorts, shirt, and cooling socks. Who knew there were such socks? I didn’t! Craig found his perfect running shoes in the Nike Outlet, and I found a critical part of my training which was a sports bra at the Champion outlet. For all my ladies out there, I can’t tell you how important it is to have the right, and correct fitting sports bra. I know “I” don’t want people seeing mine flop around, nor does anyone else. Because I have been blessed on top, I went for a bra with a criss-cross on the back for more support, and a wire lined cup. The “Ye Old Cotton Kind” wasn’t going to do it for me, so this seems to be working for now. I chose the flesh colored kind because then I could wear it with anything. For $35 it was worth every penny, we will see how it fares over time.
It’s funny, the world of running is its own entire thing. I feel like I have never known it before, yet I did run a 5 mile run in Milwaukee for the Children’s Hospital when I was 17. So now let’s do the math- I am now 37, 20 years later I have the running bug again. The issue right now isn’t my joints or my pace, it’s my weight. Last time I ran I was 60 lbs lighter. My hope is that by training, I will lose the weight. In losing the weight, my running will improve and make any run I do that much easier and better.
We tried running on Sunday morning for the first time, since we still haven’t found a church we are comfortable with yet. In my pink, and Craig in his white, we headed out into our neighborhood. We started to run first, and then I had to stop. Was I this out of shape? So sad- my shins were burning after just a couple of minutes. We walked for awhile, then ran again. We mostly wound up walking, and in my mind I was thinking that this may have been a big mistake. I can understand why people get frustrated being bigger and trying to exercise- you are trying to better yourself but having the extra weight on makes everything so difficult. I was happy we tried and put it on the books for the day.
Monday was attempt number two together. We decided to run after 5 p.m., and not in the morning this time. A little more running this time, but shins were still burning. I was trying to talk while running, to keep my mind off of the pounding pavement, but all I could feel was the pain. Was I supposed to ignore it? Did it mean stop and walk? We decided it meant to walk instead, so we walked and talked. I was happy I again tried.
Now we are up to today, Thursday. I woke up with determination running through my blood- today I would run SOMETHING, ANYTHING that made me feel like I had made some progress. Since my wonderful hubby had to work, I decided to do it on my own today. Got my running gear on, and then flipped through my IPhone to see what would be my running music. Since I didn’t want my motivation to disappear with an hour of putting a playlist together, I just chose my favorite one and I was out the door.
It’s an amazing thing what you start to think about while you are running. Remember, I am brand new to this world once again. First I thought about the pain in my shins, which eventually went away after about 5 minutes. Then I thought about why I was running in the first place- I want to lose weight and feel great. I pictured my thin body, and all my family and friends in WI seeing me this summer, shocked at what great progress I had made. I thought about everything in my life right now, and how I still couldn’t believe I was running among palm trees, in 70 degree weather in January. I found after awhile I found a rhythm and that the pain I was feeling from anything slowly faded away. The key to it all was to not focus on the running, but something else. Almost like putting your feet on auto-pilot and letting your brain roam free.
The booty shorts, I lovingly call my running shorts, no longer bothered me. The first time I ran in them I felt like they were going to creep up so that running past anyone would scare them. After awhile though, it’s like many things in life- you just don’t care. I ran in loose shorts on Monday with Craig to see the difference, and even though I felt more covered up, I was constantly pulling them down. So the booty shorts were perfect today- along with the Body Glide. Never heard of it? Body Glide is like deodorant, and it’s for preventing chafing. Since I am 200 lbs, I need it to stop forest fires from happening between my legs while I run. It’s also helpful for walking, and I use it at the Renn Faires when I am sweating with so many layers on. You can buy it at most Sports Stores- I highly recommend it!
Even though my miles were 14 minute miles, I was happy with running the entire 1.75 mile circle of my neighborhood. I can only get better from here, and my goal is to run it Saturday, then walk it for time #2. I WILL do this, I HAVE to do this. I am so sick of being fat. I am tired of buying size 14 clothes, and I am tired of worrying about taking pictures of myself. I know my family loves me for who I am, but I don’t love me for who I am. I want to enjoy clothes, and I want people to see that when I set this goal, I did what I said I would do. THAT is why my blog is so successful, because we said we were going to move here, and WE DID IT. Noone is more surprised than us, but if you believe… you can do the most amazing things with your time on this earth. I plan on being an Author, a Business Woman, and I plan on doing it as a size 10/12. Want to see me do it? Follow the blog, I am going to blow your socks off!