Monday, August 31, 2009


Haven't posted here in a little while now. Mostly due to frustration of not being able to run off of a treadmill. Literally get shin splints after half a block of running. It's crazy. I run for 30 minutes every am on the treadmill, but get me off of it for 2 minutes, and I can't walk for a week.

Frustration doesn't begin to describe it.

But, having said that, I'm still going to the gym 3 times a week to run (walk/run really). I'm not losing weight, I'm not gaining weight. What's new there, eh? Also very frustrating!!!!!

So, for the reason I AM posting today. I went to the gym this morning, with as much motivation as I normally do on Monday mornings. Nothing new there. Took a little longer to get ready to go, and pick out what I was going to where for the day. Nothing new there either.

Got to the gym, same parking place, same locker, grabbed one of the empty treadmills, and started up. Nothing new.

After my 5 minute warm up walk, I thought I'd just walk for my 30 minutes, and see what the calorie burning difference would be. I mean, why kill myself if I can accomplish the same thing walking....right? Plus, since I can't run outside, I'm not in the running (no pun intended) for a 5 or 10K anymore.

For some reason, though, I started running like I normally do. After my 3 minutes of running......well, this is where things changed. I just kept running. I ran 5 minutes, but kept going....I ran 10 minutes, and kept going....I ran 13 minutes...and stopped. Once I started picking a time I wanted to motivation puttered out. Damn!!! As long as I was running and didn't know when I was going to stop, I was OK. When I picked a goal, I fell short. What's with that folks? Gotta be some Freud stuff there, eh? :-)

So anyway....I walked a few minutes, than ran 3 more. So, I technically only ran 16 minutes today...but that's 4 minutes longer than usual...and most of it was all in one shot.

I can really see how people just run....and run...and run. As long as you don't have that timer in front of you, telling you how long you you've been going. I'm envious of those that can put on a pair of shoes, walk out their front door, and just go.

Maybe it's my weight that's giving me issues? And I know that treadmills cushion your running, I get that. But is it THAT much?? Do I run differently on the pavement....faster, harder steps???

We have to take out Jeep in tomorrow for transmission work. Depending on how much that will cost, depends on whether I'm able to sign up for the personal training sessions I'd like to get. I need to start cross training....I need to get some weight training in. Becci, who cuts my hair, is training for a half marathon....and man does she look good. I mean, she looked good before....I'd kill for her pre-trianing body.....but's really toned her up. I'm completely and totally jealous...and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

The person in the chair next to me, getting her hair cut, just reached her weight watchers goal. And now, she has to maintain it for so long......and she'll have a lifetime membership. If it wasn't for having to carry around those stupid books, weight watchers might be an option???

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