A little backstory on me. I am 34, a mom of 3 (youngest is 2) and have been married almost 14 years. I am currently 203.4 lbs at 5'6" and have anxiety about being social. I don't post a whole lot so this is an experiment for me. I have a 3.1 mile trek around my house that I am going to be using, and although I know that I will not finish the distance in the app's timeframe I will still finish the total distance every time.
I usually lose my initial motivation and stop whatever I am doing to keep myself healthy and accountable to myself. If you add in some laziness, slight depression, and a couple pregnancies my weight fluctuates 30 lbs or so before I give up (usually from illness or injury) and gain it back because I like to comfort eat. The lowest weight I have achieved as an adult is 182 lbs.
I gained inspiration from another post started about a year or so ago, the person was very funny and honest about their experience including the good, the bad, and the injured. They were doing the same exact thing and I'll include a link at the end if I can find it ( Accidentally unstarred it when I closed out of his post). I thought posting my updates for the mfp community to see is a great way to push my personal boundaries and hold myself accountable to my own goals.
So without further ado here we go!
Week 1 Day 1
Total distance/time: 3.1 miles/54 minutes
App distance/time: 3.1 miles/30 minutes
I decide enough is enough and I need to get my tush on the move. I find what I can and get my gear on (2 sports bras...you ladies know, 2L hydration bag that clasps across my chest, earbuds, phone, and running shoes). As it is 72 degrees (in October...in NW Pennsylvania!)The warm up was an uneventful 5 minutes. I hear the cue to start running and I think it is a breeze, however I also know that I am not a teenager anymore and need to slow down as I do not want to injure myself. That's when I realized that, crap, I left my chapstick at home and then, double crap, I left my inhaler at home.
Luckily the whole 30 minutes of the apps run time today was easy as far as breathing (minus the chapped lips.. ow) and energy go. What I didn't expect was the time it would take me to finish the last part of the distance. I didn't want to keep running and wear my body out as I still had about 1.4 miles left. So I walked at a brisk pace to keep my heart rate up and then an even more brisk pace when the rain started to come down. With water running down my hat (yay I remembered to wear it!) I walked as quickly as I could and finished the last mile (going uphill) at a pretty similar pace as my jogging. By the time I got home I was completely soaked but happy that I finished my goal of the day.
If you lasted through all of that I appreciate you more than you can possibly know.
I know as the days get shorter and colder it is going to suck being outside running. That is exactly why I am posting this, I need to live outside of my personal comforts to grow as a human being, be confident in myself (omg what a new concept to me), and to show my children that anything is possible with enough hard work.
See all of you after my next run on Tuesday!