Wednesday, 21 November 2007

I'm a Runner

This may not sound like news to anyone.... but to me it is a revelation.

I wrote the other day that I have been running consistently for over four years. Consistently. Over. Four. Years. Wow. How did that happen?

Then I started thinking about my weight. I ran into someone I hadn't seen for a long time the other day and she just marveled at how much weight I have lost! It was good for me to be reminded that I really have lost a lot of weight. And I did this through common sense - adding calorie burnage, and maybe taking away a little bit of calorie consumage - but not working real hard on it.

I have become physically a different person. I am a runner. I am not thin and gangly like you expect a runner, but I am certainly not a matronly looking grandmother.

Attending the little Jeff Galloway clinic last week was a major event for me. Previously I thought that taking walking breaks was for wimps or old ladies. I didn't want to do it. But since I tried it, I am so excited. My time yesterday morning for 4 miles was as good as any I have recorded in the last 3 or 4 months. And the really cool thing? I headed out of the house intending to run 2 miles, but I felt so good, I just kept going. Now THAT is cool! I could have gone a lot further too if I didn't have to show up at work at a reasonable hour!

So, I want to thank you all for your encouragement.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is snowing here and I am so excited!

11 comments:

Wes said...

taking walking breaks was for wimps or old ladies

LOL! I guess starting from scratch was easier for me to do the run/walk thing. If I can run 10 miles at a 9 minute pace doing R4/W1, there has to be something to it!

I really enjoy it when people finally see themselves the way others have been seeing them for a long time....

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy that snow :-)

Karen said...

What a wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing your positive spirit and success with us.....

I did my first half marathon in oct and did run/ walk it.. I'm sure wes gave me that advice... better run straight through the next one ;o)

J~mom said...

I love it Mary!! I am glad you are enjoying the run/walk!

Michelle said...

Mary, I definitely don't have a runner's body either, but I still call myself a runner!! LOL!

You are awesome and I am inspired by you!!

Michelle said...

Forgot to mention, but I "tagged" you!! See my blog for more.....

Marcy said...

Yes you ARE a runner, Mary!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jason The Running Man said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!

coty said...

Happy Thanksgiving & YOU are a RUNNER!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Of course you are a runner, we've known that all along. ;)

Joe said...

Really glad the R/W thing is working...I think there is a lot to it, as I have written before.

It does take some getting used to. But what you just found (4 miles as easy as 2) is right on the money.

Stay with it, you'll learn much!

Jess said...

Hope you enjoyed your holiday as well!