Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hurtin'

I've got a pretty good 2011 in 2011 streak going right now. I ran 14 days in a row, took Friday off, and today is day two of what I hope will be 10 day streak. After that I'm off to Fiji for the rest of the month and my running schedule will probably go to hell like it always seem to when I'm traveling.

I'm determined to finish the year off strong. After a week of plodding through my 5.3 mile course, I kicked it up a notch and started running 6.7 every day. I even ran 8.1 miles one day. Inspiration has taken a toll on my body, though. Getting up each morning gets harder with each consecutive run. And I think being tired has been giving me mood swings. Or maybe that's just the commute into the office each day.

It has been about four years since I exercised regularly enough to make my body hurt every day. The last time was with Ziggy on Saipan, training for the soccer games against Guam. It feels good.

I can literally feel the change in me. I may have only lost one pound or two in the last couple of weeks, but I can feel a difference in my balance. I didn't notice it when I put on the weight. It is not like I have a spring in my step, or that my balance is off, it just feels like it changed.

I still can't get below the 200 lbs plateau though. Maybe by the end of the year...

1 comment:

Javajake said...

Saipan Blogger - Just stumbled onto your 2011 in 2011 post...all the best keeping up the running! I found your blog after making my first trip to Saipan last week and thought I would poke around for some color on the island.

Anyway, your 2011 in 2011 was quite aggressive and making it even 1/2 way is more than commendable!

One reason I thought to write is that you expressed trouble running when you are traveling. A good friend of mine used to be an executive with a large semiconductor manufacturer and had to travel constantly. As a guys who likes a glass of wine or two in the evening (and as all of us who travel know it's easier to hit the bar after getting to the hotel than to exercise!), he developed the habit of immediately changing into his running clothes, shoes first, and doing at least 30 minutes of running before the bar. He did still nit the bar, but only after get some miles in.

My wife, on the other hand, is stealth at getting up and running first thing in the morning, even after the conference cocktail hour the night before. I really don't know how she does it!

Me, you might ask? I'm in your camp and can only meagerly attempt to emulate my wife and friend. I did, however, hit the elliptical trainer in the morning 3 of my 4 days on Saipan. I have to admit, It did make me feel much better throughout the day and helped keep my energy up even with the time difference.

Congratulations on your marriage! And, best of luck with your conservation efforts! We need more people doing what you are doing!

- Tom