Milestone

My health has had ups and downs over the years. In fall of 2011, I was very unhappy. I had gained a lot of weight during grad school, I felt old and tired, my joints were aching, it was hard to go up stairs, and I just didn’t feel good about myself.

So, I decided I had to do something about it. I started a Couch 2 5K program. I walked a 5K. It started getting colder, so I joined a gym. I ran a 5K. I started seeing a trainer. I ran another 5K.

I had a slight setback when I had the DVT/PE. But it really brought home the importance of good health, and made me sit back and reassess my life. I started seeing a nutritionist. I started really getting serious about the gym. I ran yet another 5K.

I made it through the holidays without gaining any weight (compared to a few years ago where I definitely gained at least 10 pounds in a period of a few weeks). And now I’ve hit a major milestone for me– I’ve lost 30 pounds in the last year! I still have a little ways to go until I hit a healthy range for me. But I’m back to where I was before I started school, and I feel a million times better.

It’s been hard work. It’s not easy. It’s just as much a mental as it is a physical process. But sometimes hard work pays off!

Lesson #580

It’s surprising how much easier it is to go for a run when you’re not carrying 25-odd pounds of baggage on your body. Not saying that I … enjoyed … it. I’m just saying it wasn’t quite as horrific as I’d anticipated, given that the last time I went for a run was in APRIL. (That’s 7 months ago, people). I am signed up to run the Miss Santa 5K in December again, so hopefully my training won’t be that painful. In any case, what are some good running songs that I should use for my running playlist? I usually listen to Pandora, but I’d like to have an actual playlist that I can listen to that will help get me through the miles. Any suggestions?

:-(

So, the doctor’s visit today was inconclusive. Basically, the leg pain I’ve been experiencing could be due to one of several reasons:

  • A simple pulled muscle
  • Blood clot
  • Shin splints
  • Low potassium
  • Stress fracture

I’ll know more once I get my blood results back, hopefully soon. But essentially the main takeaways are that I have to just deal with the pain, and I can’t run. So much for my summer 5K series. I never thought I would be bummed to NOT run. Anyone got any good ideas on what else to do so I can keep active without stressing my leg too much?

Recap

So it’s been a busy busy busy few months. Let’s recap.

* Trip to Bern, Switzerland was a great time spent drinking way too much beer, catching up with coworkers, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

* One day after getting back from Switzerland, I ran my third 5k! Most surprisingly of all, I managed to shave nearly a minute and a half off my previous time. I guess all that beer drinking really paid off, huh.

* The day after my race, Boston had a moment of confusion and thought it was high summer. I spent the day covering myself in sunscreen and watching the Boston Marathon.

* Along with my partner in crime Stephanie, I got to watch Pentatonix perform at the Acapella-palooza acapella concert here in Boston. It was amazing. Even more awesome was the chance to be thisclose to Avi… :-)

* I spent a week and a half in California, visiting the mothership. Turtles, marshmallows and viking hats were involved. Good times.

So now I’m back, and looking forward to a bit of a break over Memorial Day weekend. It’s been quite the whirlwind spring!

15 Days

… until I run another 5K! UGH. I don’t know why but I have been seriously not feeling the running vibe lately. I don’t know whether it’s my body rebelling, if I needed some recovery time, if I’m just in a funk or what. It has been a real struggle to get out there and get the legs pumping (note: I just wrote ‘lugs’ instead of ‘legs’… clearly you can tell I’m feeling like a total blob).

So it’s with some real trepidation that I realized today is April 1, which means I only have 15 days before I humiliate myself run the BAA 5K. To add insult to injury, I leave for a week-long business trip next Sunday, which means I realistically only have 8 days. EIGHT DAYS, people! (Note: I will try my best to go running in Switzerland, but in all honesty I’m not sure how much time I’m actually going to be able to log in. And, I’ve never gone jogging in Europe before. It might be… weird). Lord, give me strength to run up that hill at Park Street in two weeks and not have to walk like a baby.

Anyone else in a springtime funk? Part of my blues might have something to do with the fact that two weeks ago it was 80 degrees and I was wearing flip flops, and today it was a brisk 42 degrees and raining. Make up your mind what season we are in, Boston!

Back to the Races

So, I ended up taking a break of nearly 2.5 months, but I’m back to the grind– I’ll be running the Boston BAA 5K in mid-April. Ah. Can I just say, trying to get back into running after taking a break is the worst ever! I feel like I’ve lost all my stamina. No lie, I was running on the treadmill yesterday and I found myself literally counting down the seconds until I could stop jogging and walk for a few minutes. It’s going to take a little bit of work to get back to the point I was at previously, this past December.

Well, I’ve got my schedule together and at least I’m running a little bit now. I’ll have to just work my way back up to 5K shape. There are a couple good things going for me. For one, the gym is already part of my nightly routine. Now I just need to make sure I am not only strength training. Secondly, having my ‘guy friend’ also be really into health (and who will be running the race with me) is extremely supportive and helpful. Lastly, I’m determined to beat my time from my last race, so I’ll essentially be competing against myself.

Next step: get a good workout mix so I can jam out while I fight through the pain! Anyone have any good song suggestions?

Another (5K) Bites the Dust

This has been an interesting weekend. Yesterday I woke up at 11 and didn’t change out of my pjs until 5 pm. It was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Today I woke up, threw on a sweatshirt, wrapped myself up with gloves, scarf and headgear, and headed downtown for the Miss Santa Holiday 5K. That’s right, I ran another 5K! And this time, I actually ran most of it. I ran 18 min, walked 5, and ran the last 15. I ended up running about a 12:30 mile, which is more than 2 minutes faster than what I’ve been averaging at the gym!!! Probably due to a combination of being freezing cold and race adrenaline. The actual running of the race was not that fun, but I felt GREAT afterwards!

Pictures to come soon!

PS Thanks Mer and Steve for cheering me on at the end!