Monday's Workout: Gorgeous 1.5 mile walk around Lake Hiawatha. It was a pretty great day weather wise! And I had Pherroshus, and Boomer with me!
Workout: 2.44 mile walk around Lake Nokomis. It was freezing, and windy, and my legs went numb! But I finished! Hooray!
I have (kinda) started my training plan. I'm walking this week, getting myself mentally prepared for the workouts to come. I think the biggest things I have to overcome in the upcoming weeks are mental. Getting over my shyness of wogging (walking/jogging) around the lake, around other people, looking at me, watching me, laughing at me....
I know they aren't really laughing at me, but like I said, I'm mental... I mean, IT'S mental. I just really need to get over myself, and focus on what it is I am doing. I know that all the people around the lake aren't paying any kind of attention to me, they are there to do what they do, but there is a level of self-conciousness involved starting to run out in the open. Me wogging around, with all my jiggly bits jiggling, and such. I also know that they aren't laughing at me for walking as slow as I run. Sarah, Leslie and Bud told me to do it (the authors of Run Your Butt Off! ).
My other mental wall is believing I can actually do it! Walking around Nokomis today I looked at Boomer and said, "I can't believe I'm doing this. I can't believe I am attempting to ultimately run 10 miles!" Boomer was more than amazing, and helped me think I could do it. But, even just walking 2 miles, and looking across the lake at the path that I had yet to cover it was so overwhelming. I don't know how many times I drove around that lake watching runners, and thinking, "I could never do that!" But here I am, trying to do it.
I keep telling myself that whether I do it or not is totally based on the level of effort I put in. And I am putting the effort in. I've already made the decision. There is no going back.
A few more things:
Books I am reading...
For running information:
This book has proven to be full of great information, and a great training plan! I want to delve further into this in a separate post, but I think this book is going to be a great reference point for me over the coming weeks!
For running sarcasm, fun, and a good laugh at myself and every other runner out there:
The Non Runner's Marathon Guide For Women by Dawn Dais. I started reading this book on Amazon, and thought it was well written, funny, and realistic. It has an every-woman's view on running. Only funnier. It makes fun of the insanity that it takes to be a marathoner, and the cold hard reality that goes into being a runner. The blisters, the chafing, the early mornings, and the desire to punch your trainer in the face are all out in the open for you to read!
For new lighter recipes:
I have only thumbed through this, but the reviews and the pictures alone have me sold. Bring a culinary school drop-out, I learned a lot about cooking with tons of butter, oil, and salt, and I need to learn to bring it down a notch. Especially after learning everything that I have from Run Your Butt Off! (RYBO).
Let's do some recent eats:
What things do you do to get you over that mental hump, in anything you do?
-- I look to a loved one for encouragement, or break down whatever it is I am doing into doable steps so it isn't so overwhelming.
Read any good books lately? Please share!
-- My library is opening on Saturday after and extensive remodel, I cannot wait to check it out and bring home some books that I didn't pay for! So let me in on what you love!