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Must be time to blog

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's been over a month since I put anything up here that was "substantial" so it must be time.

Running. Today is my 6th anniversary as a runner. On March 24th, 2006 I entered my first "Women's only learn to run" class. We did 6 sets (?) of two minutes of walking and one minute of running and, by the time I was done, I decided that I was never running again. Boy was I mistaken. emoticon In the past six years I've lost count of how many 5, 8 and 10 kilometre runs I've done and I've also run 12 half marathons. I even walked a half marathon in one of the coldest days in February that I've ever experienced. BRR. I have so much respect for my walking buddies now.

Food. This has been a very different kind of month for me. I've tried to track everything but some days I eat so much that putting it out there is just painful.

Exercise. I've started posting all of my runs on Facebook so I have more accountability for those. I've run over 73 kms in 7 runs. Not a bad month so far. My only regret about my exercise is that I haven't done my strength training. That's my current goal for April: Bring back strength training. Even if I have to be at my gym at 7:00 in the morning to do it.

Weight. I weigh the same today as I did at the beginning of the month. There was a gain in the middle but it's gone again. I'd love to see 125 again but, apparently, I'm destined to weight 128. I'll take it. I'm by no means fat or unfit or unhealthy. I'm just right. And modest, too.

Stress. Well, my stress level is no where near what it was last year. I'm back in a salaried position making enough money to feed & clothe my kids, pay my bills and still buy running shoes. I can't ask for anything more than that.

Health. I'm good. And I'm grateful.

Sleep. I'm still struggling to get 7 hours a night. The good news is that, when I don't, it's for a really good reason.

And on that note,
Sweet dreams everyone!
~p.
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  • no profile photo CD557571
    emoticon + emoticon = 6 great years of inspiring others!

    I think you do a great job on that Penny - and so glad you help so many people to do what you do!
    3902 days ago
  • BDC17LV
    I loved reading about your running adventures. I never ran before until about 3 years ago. You are in inspriration. I just did a 5k but need to get s goal for more races. Thanks for making me think about doing more! Keep it up!
    3902 days ago
  • ONE*BUSY*MOM
    You are doing great, Penny. Thanks for the update -- I love hearing about what's going on with you. Take care!
    3903 days ago
  • ETTEZEUS
    Congrats on 6 years!! And way to go on all those runs!

    I'm struggling with the eating and the ST-ing too! I've been trying to come up with a plan for April myself. I hope to have it all figured out and blogged before the 1st.

    I hope your reason for not getting your 7 hours sleep involve popcorn
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    Keep up the great work Penny....You are awesome!
    3903 days ago
  • _BACK2BASICS_
    Nice recap of where you are versus where you've been. With all of those races under your belt, you are certainly an inspiration to many of us who aspire to run longer distances, just because of how we feel when we run.
    I am with you on the food thing. Not only is it painful, logging and eating all of that food is time consuming. Time which could be better spent.
    Hope you have a great day and thanks for sharing.
    3903 days ago
  • PEHASS2
    Like GEOGIRL, but I give you ALL the credit for me joining the running room :) Just have to keep trying :)
    3903 days ago
  • no profile photo GEOGIRL
    You have such an inspiring running history! I absolutely give you some of the credit for motivating me to get out and join the Running Room! I check out each run you post on Facebook!

    I'm in the same boat as you are, I track to a point but somedays I eat so much that I am embarrassed to track it and I have been doing zero weight training. I think April will be a great month for us to turn it all around :)
    3903 days ago
  • KAYAKID
    Penny, thanks for the update and your doing awesome and such an inspiration to us beginner runners of just over a year for me. thanks for all your support!

    Mike

    3903 days ago
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