Monday, May 16, 2016

Running week 2; epiphany

Where do your eyes fall when you run/walk/jog? 

A. Down at your feet. No one wants to trip and be 'that girl'.

B. Eye level, straight ahead. Watching the buildings/people/things pass. But still avoiding all eye contact with anyone other than runners.

C. Up. At the sky.

Typically it's a toss up between a. and b., but tonight I looked up. What a difference it made. I watched the clouds rolling across the sky as the sun made its decent. The pale blue sky melted into a deep lavender and my breath became deeper, my stride wider and my perspective improved. I felt lucky to be able to run, lucky to spend the day with my kids and proud of my progress so far.

Maybe all we need is to turn our look away from everyday life and look up, because as Fifel said 'we're all under the same big sky.'

I'm am going to sleep tonight! Peacefully. 

I hope that for anyone reading this as well. 

Funnily enough my muscles still hurt the sane, but I'm ok with it. Ask me again at 4am.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Week one

Week one is wrapping up, I had a rough start as I didn't actual do anything, but I've been tracking my food and working out hard the last 3 days. I hoping that's enough to show a loss for my weigh in tomorrow. 

I started my 10k training last night and woah. 

It's an app with 3 weekly workouts escalating each week to include more running and less walking. Last night was 8 intervals of 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking. Let me 'walk' you through it.

1st interval of running - this is great, god i missed this. I could run all night. 
60 seconds later
Already, well ok. I could walk for a bit. 

2nd interval of running - this is great, god i missed this. I could run some more. 
60 seconds later
Yea, I could walk

3rd interval of running - this is alright. I'm at least half way. I can run. 
60 seconds later
Yes, please

4th interval of running - Come on Melanie, you missed this. There are so many bugs. Try not to breathe deep.
60 seconds later

5th interval of running - where the heck am I? I've been running forever. My shins burn. Feck, ate a bug.
60 seconds later
Oh. God. Yes.

6th interval of running - I should turn back, I'm so far (please keep in mind it's only been 20minutes at this point and I can see my house). Burns. More bugs. 
55 seconds later
I'm going to walk now. I'll make up
The difference.

7th interval of running - everything is riding up, my knees are wobbling. I still have one more set. I'm pooped. I can't do this, I am out of shape. I can't even spit out the bugs anymore, but luckily they see me coming and get out of the way, although the suction of my deep breaths drags them back. 
60 seconds later
Sweet relief

8th interval of running - this is great, god i missed this. I could run all night, but I better head home. 
60 seconds later
That wasn't so bad, I can't wait till tomorrow. 

Running, like pregnancy, only happens again because you forget the pain of last time! 

Running tonight after Thomas goes to sleep.

Wish me luck on my weigh in!


Update: I lost 4.2lbs the first week! Woo!

Saturday, May 7, 2016


I'm hosting a challenge... a Biggest Loser-Esque challenge on Facebook, with a great group of Mom's who, like me, are looking for a challenge and some accountability. 

We're deep into week one and I'm sucking. I'm hitting the workouts, drinking tons of water and watching my snacks, but mmmmm... I love bread and cookies and chocolate and cinnamon buns and... Gah it's worse than i thought.

Running starts tomorrow and hopefully that licks things up.

Please repeat: I can do this.