I’ve been on a quest for the last few weeks to shed the weight (often referred to as “a small child”) I’ve gained over the last ten years and holy mother of god it’s not easy!
I started out with a a half mile, slow paced, walk/run and have worked myself up to a mile and a half to two miles. Unfortunately my knee gave me a little trouble so I had to cut out the running for a while, but I haven’t let it slow me down! I have replaced the running with a fast paced walk, which seems to put less impact on my knee, and just today have started incorporating light weights. Now I’m just waiting for the scale to reflect the work I’ve been doing! *Patience young grasshopper*
My sister-in-law Denise over at Run DMT has been running for a few years and she suggested I try Juneathon to keep track of my progress and keep myself motivated. At first I was hesitant thinking that all the participants would probably be seasoned runners, but then I said what the heck everybody’s gotta start somewhere right?! I will let her know if we’re still friends at the end of Juneathon! *wink*
So here I am and hopefully I can keep up! Hey maybe YOU want to join too and give it a go?! The rules are pretty simple! Do a little exercize everyday, blog about it, comment on other participating blogs, join running free and link to Juneathon’s Blog! *exhales*
In my quest to shed a small child I’ve learned a few things about running on a treadmill I can share with you…
1. Never watch a tear jerking chick flick! You can’t breath while sniffling away, you get all out of sync and it just aint pretty!
2. Record and watch your favorite show during your workout, it makes time on the treadmill fly by! I watch Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza and I find I’m grinning so much I think I’ve actually tricked myself into thinking it’s the treadmill that makes me smile.
3. Good Music! I love tunes like Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now or Black Eyed Peas Pump It to help me keep up the pace.
4. Lots of stretching! It helps with all the aches and pains of being a beginner.
5. Lots of water! Staying hydrated is just good for you, your heart, your skin, your metabolism! DO IT!
So my first two days of Juneathon I’ve done three and a half miles, one mile with light weights, my time is still a little slow, but right now I’m working on doing a little each day.
“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. See the small improvements one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens–and when it happens, it lasts.”
~ John Wooden~