Friday, July 2, 2010

Frumpy feeling again (Jennifer)

Today for the first time in a while I have this stuffed, bloated, "frumpy" feeling.  I think it is a combination of the lack of gym time this past week and the sodium in the Italian sausage we had for dinner last night.  There has also been a lack of fruits and veggies which is not good for my "digestive health".  I even looked in the mirror today and swore I saw my double chin was back.  I had to look twice.  Maybe there was a little fluff under there but nothing like there used to be. 

After feeling the frump I decided I really needed to go for a run tonight.  I had to make up somewhat for my time missed at the gym this week.  So I had this plan in my head all day that I would run later on when it cooled down but before dark.  My allergies have been awful today.  I have been stuffy and sneezing all day.  And dont you know that I sneezed so darn hard around 6:00 tonight that I swear I pulled a muscle in my back.  Is that crazy?  I wasnt sure I was going to be able to run.   But then I said...Jen...you are hardcore!  Go for it!  And I did.  And once I got going it wasnt bad.  I think for me that the first half mile to a mile is the hardest part of my run.  Does anyone else feel this way?  I wonder why.  Then once I get going I feel like a rockstar :)   I am still new at this whole running thing.

Oh...and the most exciting thing (that is so exciting that I almost forgot to mention...haha)...my run the other night that I did( that I had no idea how far it was)....well we traced it today with the truck and it was....3.6 miles!  That is a definate record for me  :)  But here is my problem.  Once I accomplish a new thing I have a hard time ever doing less than that.  So now that I have done 3 miles, or 3.6 then I feel like a slacker if I do a 2 mile run.  I know this is ridiculous and it is something I need to work out within myself.  It is part of the Old Jen that is setting me up to fail.  Been there, done that.  I didnt even used to be able to run a half a mile so I should be so happy running 1 or 2 miles.  I guess I am an overachiever?  I mean, its great to push myself but I also need to be happy with my smaller successes as well.  Because that is just what they are...successes.  Accomplishments.  If I am only up to a 1 mile run, or even a walk, then I should do that.  Because it is better than sitting on the couch because I am not up to a 3 mile run.  This is where I need to change my thinking.  And I will do my best :)

Enjoy your weekend  :)

3 comments:

dawne said...

I get Runner's World magazine, and I read an article by a marathon runner. She said she always doubts whether or not she can run the marathon throughout that first mile, because it is so difficult. It made me feel better!

From what I've read, you need to have shorter runs in between your longer runs if your goal is weight loss. A fast 1 mile run is beneficial between a longer, slower paced 3 mile run.

I HIGHLY recommend the book, Running for Women, by Claire Kowalski...it has really helped me in this running thing.

I've also learned that even the skinny (like my daughter) have bloated, ugly days. She just came up and told me that she feels fat and bloated! She's a size 4!!!!!

You're doing great Jen!!!!

Karen said...

Way to go on 3.6 miles. Wow!! Great job! Keep it up. Before you know it, you'll be going farther and farther! Woo Hoo!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

I'm still amazed at what you can do! Keep it up... you're doing great!
~Margene