Wednesday, April 27, 2011's been forever.

It has been forever since I've posted, but there has been a lot going on.  Let's take a look at the list.

1. I worked a bunch the few weeks before Easter and customers suck.
2. I have been keeping up with running through all that (yay!)
3. I reached 6 miles last week and am going for 6.5 tomorrow.
4. We got our foster care license!!!  We should be able to start visitation next week!
5. We started potty training our big boy and he is doing better than I could have hoped.

So lots of big things.  I am 1.5lbs away from my 10% goal with weight watchers and I would like to hit that this week, but with last weekends free for all and trying to rein in my sugar cravings this week, it's doubtful.  The 6.5 mile run tomorrow should help.  I also decided that I should start running to my meetings on sat. morning.  It's 3 miles round trip.  It breaks it up, but it still counts, right? 

I've been struggling with motivation and self sabotage lately, so I started a facebook page to find some online workout buddies.  No else is really posting, so it kind of sucks, but maybe it will take off eventually.  It's called  Leah's Fitness Friends if you're interested.  In the meantime, I am very proud of myself for reaching my goal of running three times a week.  I really need to work at adding two weight lifting sessions back in though.  One down this week, still need to carve out time for another one.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Running, running, running, SQUIRREL, running, running, running...

Yesterday I ran 4.3 miles at an average of 10:59 pace.  I will  call that successful since my goal was 4 at 11:30.  I ran with Phil on a running path at a park nearby.  It was really nice to  be in some nature instead of having to look out for cars all the time.  Although, a squirrel was really close to me at one point and I was very tempted to chase it.  I refrained, but barely...

I have one more workout to reach my goal this week, but I really don't feel like driving to the gym.  I think I'm going to do my last weight lifting session at home instead.  After all, we do own weights, a weight bench, an exercise ball, tension bands...wait, why do we pay for a gym?!?  Oh yeah, because it's waaay to easy to sit on my butt here instead.

Now I would like to do some comparisons between country running and city running.  Just a few things I've noticed since I've started running here.

Country Running
  • Dirt roads are waaay easier on your knees than pavement
  • No stop lights or crosswalks
  • No sidewalks
  • Few cars
  • Few people
  • More animals
  • Smell of manure in the air
  • Shade from trees
City Running
  • More potholes and puddles
  • Many fellow runners/walkers
  • Scary people at bus stops
  • Smell of fried food and cooking meat in the air (mmm!)
  • Parks with set running trails
  • More small dogs barking constantly
  • Greater need to ice my knees when I'm done
  • Many more paths to take
So, there you have it.  Just a few differences, good and bad, about country and city running.  Both have their pros and cons, I guess I'll just run wherever life takes me!