Friday, August 30, 2013

I Think I May Be Burning Extra Calories Running As I Am Simultaneously Wrestling With The Cord To My Ear Buds. Does That Count As Cross-Training?

So, running Day 3, not so bad.  The voice of the man who is talking me through this program on my iPhone sounds like an athletic Mr. Rogers, a quality I find both comforting and disconcerting.  I have to turn the volume up as far as I can on my phone though, so it sounds a little like he's yelling (which I don't appreciate), but the music needs to be loud enough to drown out the sound of my feet plodding along the street.  I know I'm still making a lot of noise by the frightened/concerned looks I get from people I pass, but if I don't hear the sound of my feet or any gasping breath, the harsh reality of my actually running seems to be mitigated.

It's actually been nice.  I do feel good, but I don't think I've experienced any of that magical endorphin thing you hear so much about.  I'll let you know if I do - sounds like fun.  I'm thinking I'll maybe shoot for a Thanksgiving Day 5K with the family - the Turkey Trot.  They always show the runners in that event on the local news and I've envied their energy level and motivation.  I usually wake up on Thanksgiving thinking about stuffing, so a 5K would be a nice distraction for me.

I'm thinking I may need to treat myself to something cute if I keep this running thing up for another week.  I mean positive reinforcement is proven to support behavioral change, isn't it?  Plus, the Farmer's Almanac is calling for a colder winter, so Mama's gonna need to beef up the sweater supply.  Maybe for motivation I'll imagine myself running toward a cute outfit while I'm working out.  Visualization can be quite powerful I understand.

I'm wearing this today.

We're going to a neighborhood gathering later, so I'll swap the sandals for a strappy heel when the time comes, and voila! the look will instantly shift from grocery store to backyard cocktail party.  Shoes are the magicians of the wardrobe.

gratitude:  the word 'enough', flowers, Project Runway, driving kids to school because I know those days are numbered

thanks and love.

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