Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started

Last week we set out with goals in mind. I could never have imagined the things we would accomplish. We’ve done more than I ever thought we could have and I’ve never been more proud. I’ll have to get with Daniel to confirm the “Officially” tracked number of miles we’ve done but it’s somewhere around 25 miles on foot in the last week. This week we’ve done some light walking but unfortunately real life has made it almost impossible to be able to do what we’ve wanted. Last Saturday we went walking to the Plaza, you can see me up there sitting on one of the many really pretty fountains we have. That was an eight mile walk. There’s so much of this city we would never have seen in a car. It’s so rich with history.

I don’t have a running phone case yet, Daniel does and I might get one this week, if so I will take more pictures on our adventures to chronicle the beautiful and unique things we get to see. We saw a retaining wall at the hospital the other day that struck me. It was made out of old railroad ties. The heat was causing the old tar to come out of the boards and it was dripping down them. I’ve driven by that same hospital many times and never noticed that.

Monday we went trying to find me a swim suit as I had lost mine and I’m certain that even if I had found it it would not have fit. Prior to any of this running I was already losing weight from eating better and work, in the last year and a half I’ve gone from a size 12/14 down to a size 4/6. As such, even if I could find the suit, it’s much larger than my current size. I don’t know if many of you ladies have tried going swim suit shopping this time of year but I assumed everything would be on clearance and I’d at least have a semi decent selection. That….was delusional, to say the least. Target…why you have such UGLY swim suits for twenty dollars per piece? Finally ended up at an Old Navy where I was able to get something not crazy or stupid for 10 bucks total, THAT was more like it. On Tuesday we worked in the pool for about an hour and a half, which helped my lungs a lot. Attempting to avoid looking like a wounded manatee was a bit harder LOL. After that we hit the bikes and the elliptical for a bit and decided to go for another walk. This one was another four miles. We stopped for dinner and to look around, found a cycling shop in Waldo we intend to visit, it was closed at the time. We also got to see all the really nice historic homes around here. It was a wonderful journey.

The rest of this week ended up being a little bit of a bust we didn’t get time to go do anything and I’m not sure what we will be able to do this weekend. At the very least I would like us to hit the gym and pool again Sunday but everything is so busy lately I don’t know. Next week has to be a different story, the run is the 28th and it’s coming up fast. Next week we will secure our entry and find out when to pick up our packets. My last day at work before this coming shut down is the 26th, then i’ll be off for another two weeks, this will give us plenty of time to do some more training as we intend on running more of these in the future. I work this coming Saturday so it’s going to be a little tough to squeeze all our time out right so we can do what we need to, but I am more determined than ever.

Official Weight as of Tuesday : 155. On the nose. (Must have gotten a lot of muscle for me to be a four and weight that much lol)

I will start tracking that on here, every time we go to the YMCA i will make sure to weight myself and later tonight I’m going to try to get a scale for the house.

Thank you for reading and I’ll keep updating! 😉

Shari

Oh, My, God. Did I fall asleep under a train?

Last night was the longest distance I have gone on foot since I was a teenager. Not sure the time offhand I think it was somewhere around an hour and a half, with a stop for dinner (Mr. Goodcents cheapy sub, foot long to split, tasty and low cal), drinks, more drinks, the YMCA, and into two stores where we got nothing. We walked five miles.

FIVE MILES. I didn’t even know I had that in me. That puts us at just under 10 miles for the week so far. I’ve decided to get a pedometer at work to track my steps while I’m there. I won’t count it with my total fitness program but I will keep tabs on it as I’m curious about it.

For those of you who don’t already know and may be reading this from some random place. I work at General Motors and I walk back and fourth all day, typically carrying 20-30 pound alternators. This affords me a little more of an advantage when it comes to fitness although after being there for three months now I know that my body will pretty much count it as null eventually.

On our way back to the house from our last stop (a one and a half mile stretch) we stopped and tried Gatorade Prime and Muscle Milk. Prime is like….goo. I didn’t really think it was a gel for whatever reason but man was it thick, it did however get the job done of giving us the boost to get back home after all that walking. The muscle milk is a terrible idea mid walk. It’s thick and pasty. While it is good, I would not recommend using this mid anything, which really, we knew in the first place but I wanted to give it a shot. At any rate. I pretty much passed out when we got home.

This morning when I woke up I felt as though a Mack truck had been rolling all over me all night. This is where that muscle milk came in handy. The potassium and everything in that was a life saver this morning and made all the difference in my day, that and a small cup of coffee at work (Small as I’m trying very hard to limit my sugar and caffeine intake) gave me what I needed to get through my second workout, work LOL.

All in all so far I think we’ll be more than ready to run this 5k, and I’m SUPER happy we’re doing it. We both feel great and while it hurts, I now CERTAINLY understand what I chose for the blog title, this morning was definitely Gratifying Agony.

This weekend we’re going to start our trial to the YMCA down the road I think. We both want to start swimming laps to help our lung capacity. I think this will do leaps and bounds for us both as it has in the past, not to mention I feel like a special needs manatee/cat when in water. This is something I would like to change. Also it’s a one mile walk to get there so that would be two miles each time we go. There are also plenty of other benefits to the YMCA as well as the fact that they are involved in the North Face Endurance Challenge that we will be running, thus it seems only right to support them anyhow for helping to put on such an event.

Tonight was a cool down night more walking tomorrow whenever we can fit it in to our schedule. I will also be going tomorrow after work to get my hair cut, VERY SHORT. I think this will help regulate my body temp as well as release my aggravation with the growing pile of hair on my head.

In short things are progressing well, more updates soon!

Shari

Can’t Beat The Heat.

As to the fact that yesterday it was 103° and today it got up to 108° today we have postponed the start of our runs this week, hopefully to tomorrow weather permitting. However, it is just too dangerous in this heat to be out training.

I will keep posting our progress as to the fact that it’s only supposed to be 95° tomorrow we might actually be able to swing it. We shall see.

(P.S. These are actual temperatures not with the heat index.)

Shari

Our First Pace Day.

I guess today you could say Daniel and I officially started running. Today was our first pace day. Every week on Sunday we are going to do a pace run, from around a mile to a mile and a half. Tonight we did 1.41 miles in 18 minutes 42 seconds. I am covered in sweat but I feel better than I have in years. We went on a walk for around 3.5 miles on Saturday night. We’ve stopped smoking, we drink almost no soda, and we’ve started running.

I see so many things in my life every day that I want to be better. One of the key things is that my husband and I have been through more stress than I can even fathom, more heartache and sadness than I even care to think about. During all of it we treated our bodies like our lives were almost expendable. They aren’t. We have each other, and my stepson, and the kids we ultimately want to have together. I want to be a mother and I am a step mother. I need to be around as long as possible and I want as much good time as I can get with the man that I love and the people I care about.

On our walk we talked a lot, and it gave us time to evaluate where we are in life and where we want to be. I think running will afford us time together, and add to the closeness I already feel with him. In short I feel great, and as such we’ve decided to set a goal for ourselves.

North Face Endurance Challenge

We will be prepping over the next month to run a 5k on the North Face Endurance Challenge. I can’t wait, and I’m super excited. I will be updating our progress on here, we are using endomondo to track ourselves via the web and on facebook. This blog will be a chronicle of our running journey from my perspective. Feel free to read along with me about our ongoing trials, races, and the fun things we get to see. I will be sharing pictures and the like.

Shari