Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Not Funny, VT!

I wore shorts and flip flops yesterday in 70 degree weather and then woke up to this outside my window this morning. Yeah that's right Mother Nature, I AM shaking my fist at you!

P.S. Sorry for the poor photo quality. My camera is dead for good and so for now I am left with only my camera phone.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Me, A Runner? Yes way!

I never would have considered calling myself a runner in a million years if you had asked me even six months ago. But within the last month and a half I have started to run. It started off really slow. We were working out in the gym one day, and we always do 30 minutes of cardio activity, which for me usually consisted of a stationary bike ride because I can't stand the elliptical machine and well, we know the running story. One day I decided that I really felt like taking a little jog, just to see how far I could go. I wheezed my way to .25 miles!

The next day I was on my way to the stationary bike, passing by the treadmills and they seemed to be taunting me. As if I was never going to be able to get that quarter of a mile easily. I was up for the challenge. Soon enough I was running 3/4 of a mile, a mile and a half! And even better than being up to the challenge, I started noticing physical RESULTS. Who knew there were tummy muscles under there?

As the weather started getting nicer Derek decided he'd like to join me in my running endeavors and we took to the outdoor running trail here on campus called the Rail Trail. It's where the old train tracks used to cut right through Castleton's property (before the school was here of course). We learned that it was an out and back trail and if we got down to the bridge, we'd hit a mile and a half.

This is a map of our run:

I was leery about going on a three-mile jog. I didn't think I had managed to get quite that far in my running career. And let me tell you, that first trip out was r-o-u-g-h. I didn't make it all the way out to the bridge before I started walking, but once the bridge was in sight I managed to pick up the pace to get to the halfway point. I walked most of the way back to campus. I was a little down on myself when I returned until I realized that even with my short-lived jogging spurts on the trip back, I had still managed to run farther than I had on a treadmill.

Since then, we've gone out on the trail about three or four times a week with our friend Nate and I can manage to jog the entire length! We've even talked about extending our distance or picking up our pace. Right now we're only jogging 10-12 minutes miles, depending on the day. Sometimes we get bypassed by other joggers, sometimes we pass people who are turning around at the one mile mark to head back in.

I keep track of my results in a runner's journal at the Runner's World website.

I've learned that it's important to do the best that I can and feel good about being in tune with my own body while I'm running. I've learned that it's okay to take a day off when my muscles feel like they need a break and that I won't lose endurance just because I don't run every day. And to top it all off, I've already lost 4 pounds!

What are you doing to feel good about yourself this spring?

Disney Coming Soon, I promise!

Yes, I did make it to Disney World and back safely. No, I haven't blogged about it yet :( School has been keeping me insanely busy since we got back. Only two more weeks of classes and then finals are here already! Anyone who knows what college is like knows that means a major project/lengthy paper/etc. in every single class and I'm taking 16 credits this semester. PHEW! But I'm getting it done and fully expect to be finishing out the semester with straight A's!

But I promise that my Disney blog will be coming as soon as Derek lets me have access to the rest of the pictures from the trip (he's holding them hostage until I'm no longer overwhelmed with projects and essays). Here's a couple pics to hold you over: