Thursday, March 11, 2010

"I got a new attitude!"

Today I ran the mile in 16:53! That is 51 seconds (if my math is correct) faster than yesterday! This time I ran 2 minutes, walked 1. I think it nearly killed me. It felt good though. I was pretty excited. I had a couple of bad moments though. For one, when I was finished, my sinuses suddenly cleared up and I swore I smelled cough drops. It was the weirdest sensation. I thought, well this must be what it is like. The treadmill has killed me. I’m not sure what it was...but I’m OK now. While I’m on the treadmill, it’s honestly not that bad. I get out of breath and I sweat but I’m not in pain. The pain comes after and stays for awhile. I did stretch a bit more this morning but my shins still hurt pretty bad. The only other bad moment was actually kind of funny. I was coming to the end of one of my two minute runs and instead of decreasing the speed, I shot the speed up. I pressed the up arrow several could have been bad. Suddenly I was moving backward and running fast and well...I don’t run I got really nervous but I was able to get it back down pretty quick. I exercise at a senior activity center so I am always surrounded by 80-90 year old men and women that are totally schooling me with weights and’s always nice to see them look at me with pity-face when I’m about to pass out. Anyway, when I reached the mile point, I slowed way down. I had promised myself that I would do at least a mile and a half but I was DONE running for the day so I walked and it took me almost 15 minutes to walk half a mile...I was spent but I think I needed the time to cool down. After Paris, I may restart the whole process. I don’t think I will be able to run a 16:53 mile after not running at all for 10 days. I am going to create some sort of regimen for myself when I get back that mixes up things and see how that works. I’m proud though...I want to continue to challenge myself like that.

I wore my new spring dress today. I love it...this isn’t the best picture but I wanted to show you. I actually love dresses. I don’t show my legs very much but I find dresses much more comfortable than a lot of pants and especially more comfortable than shorts. It has also been awhile since I posted a picture of my WHOLE self. The main picture on here was when I was down 50 pounds and since it has been awhile that I hit a milestone...I figured I’d post one today. Honestly, since the dress bulks out in the middle...I think I look thinner in the down 50 picture. Whatever...I’m still happy with’s the down 58 pounds but still soft around the edges picture. Hopefully the 60 pound picture will come soon and then 75...I may be getting ahead of my mind tends to jump to the future a lot. Anyway, I got the dress at Target in the place where “normal” sized people get their makes me feel fierce.

Alright, tonight is trivia night and then packing. I have barely started packing...I pretty much just have my suitcase out. I never pack until the last minute because it doesn’t take very long for me. I am sure that tomorrow night I will lay in bed awake all night, frantic that I’m forgetting something.

I hope you all have a splendid afternoon!

“I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude
Runnin' hot, runnin' cold
I was runnin' into overload
It was extreme, ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-extreme
It took it so high, so low
So low, there was nowhere to go
Like a dream
Somehow the wires uncrossed, the tables were turned
Never knew I had such a lesson to learn
I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude.” New Attitude-Patti LaBelle

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