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I started running in 2007.  I used the Couch to 5k program to actually run a 5k.  Some of you know the story, I loved it and kept going.  Ran a 10k.  Half marathon.  Marathon.  Ran every day for 3 1/2 years.  Heck, my “name” is RunningKathy.  And on December 1, 2012, I stopped my streak.  I ran once.  Then I … took a break.  For nearly four months.

Oops.

During that four months I was relieved to not *have* to run anymore.  I eventually WANTED to run, but I did NOT want to run on the treadmill.  Well, today was my day.  It was 51F and the sun was shining, and all the snow was gone from the roads (and most of it from my lawn).  I charged my Garmin, laced up my shoes, and headed out.

I only ran a mile and OMG it was awful.  It felt like the last mile of a half marathon.  I was nauseous and begged the running gods for it just to be over. But I did it.  I’m back, baby.

What A Year

2012 has certainly been a big one.

I spoke at Lotusphere, BLUG, UKLUG, Consultant in Your Pocket, and the New England Lotus User Group.  Recorded 8 episodes of BlackBerry Today.  Got a new job that I love at PSC Group.  Started and quit P90x a bunch of times.  Hit my 3 1/2 year milestone of running every day.  Ended my 3 1/2 year streak of running every day.  Got 8.5 IBM Advanced Application Developer certified.  Became an IBM Champion.  Got accepted to speak at IBM Connect 2013 to kick off yet another year.  Lots of changes personally and professionally.  So many good times and laughs, both personally and professionally.  : – )

My blog is all over the place. I write about the things that are important to me, no matter the topic.  Some of my favorite posts from 2012:

http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2012/01/03/learning-is-a-spiral/

http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2012/02/02/the-curse-of-the-bathroom-light-fixture/

http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2012/11/16/confessions-of-a-lotusphere-speaker/

http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2012/12/01/merry-christmas/

It’s been an amazing year.  I wish you Happy Holidays and a fantastic 2013!

Thinking About Quitting The Streak

So as many of you know, I’ve been running every day.  I have run every single day since June 1, 2009.  I started the streak as a way to motivate myself to run more.  I would run into weeks where I hadn’t run all week, saying “I’ll run tomorrow”.  The streak eliminated that, tomorrow was not an option.  I had to run today.  And it was great, and it worked.

[Disclaimer:  PLEASE do not respond to this post about how running is bad for me, or how running every day is bad for me.  I know how it affects me physically and I have had zero running-related issues over the last 3 1/2 years.  THAT is not the issue here.]

The problem is now that I feel like the streak rules me, rather than me ruling the streak.  It doesn’t feel motivating, it feels like a chore.  Running has lost it’s fun for me.  And I don’t run nearly the distances that I used to.  Not because I can’t, but because I don’t want to.

So I’m thinking of quitting the streak.

But there is a lot of emotion tied up in that simple sentence.  Running every day for 3 1/2 years has become a part of me.  Part of who I am, part of my identity.  It isn’t a decision I can make lightly.  As goofy as that may seem to some of you.  I know I’m close to ready.  There were times during the streak when circumstances looked like I might not get my run in and I was heartbroken.  I don’t feel that now.  Maybe just sadness and relief.

I haven’t decided anything at this point.  I’ll still run today.  And definitely tomorrow (to work off that Thanksgiving pumpkin pie).  But after that?  Not sure.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I am so grateful to all of my awesome friends who supported my running habit.  Those of you who said “not on my watch!”.  Thank you.

Tomorrow is my mulligan

So tomorrow is my mulligan.  I’ll be starting over with the P90X program.  The first week and half were amazing, I was already seeing results.  Then I went on a vacation to the Caribbean.

The food the first week and a half was tough for me.  I am INCREDIBLY used to watching my food.  I was NOT used to eating that many calories with so much of it coming from protein.  I wasn’t prepared for that, so my do-over included going shopping today to stock up on foods that will help me get the protein in.

The exercise the first week and a half was tough, too, of course, but in a good way.  It was hard, and I pushed, and I did it.

Then vacation.  I rarely go on true vacations, and this was one.  It was gorgeous, the food was great, the company was amazing.  I brought my DVDs (ripped to my Mac) and my weight bands and the best of intentions.  Unfortunately, I only got in one yoga session.  It was however, amazing, as I did it on the private rooftop deck overlooking the ocean.

Yes, that big black square is my Mac.

So anyway, tomorrow is my Mulligan.  I start the program over.  With a little more preparation for the eating part of the program.  And for better or worse, a little more knowledge of just how tough the exercise portion will be.

(BTW, I did run everyday, the streak is still in tact).

Wowee Zowee 3 Years Batman!

Yeppers, it’s happened.  I was traveling today, so I got up at 2:45 AM in order to make sure I got my run in.  But I did it, 3 years of running. every.  single.  day.

There isn’t much to say that I haven’t already blogged about.  It’s been both hard and easy to accomplish this goal.  I have no reason to stop now, so who knows how long I’ll keep this going.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me get here, and there are a LOT of people who have helped me.

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