Sunday, January 22, 2017

I think my calves were laughing at me

One thing after the other, something always pops up or gets scheduled so I am not able to run. I guess that is called life. 

We started the biggest loser contest at work, even if I don’t win the money I am really hoping it will help me to lose my final 17 pounds.  But the money would be nice. Haha

One of my co workers has been trying to get me to go for walks during lunch break but I was able to make up excuses not to go because I don’t like the cold and I like to eat. Well, another coworker said, “bring in your sneakers we will walk the stairs on our break.” CRAP! How can I get out of that one??? I can’t! So I brought in my sneakers and we walked 248 stairs on our break. (We went up a couple more flights just for fun) It hurt. It hurt a lot.  The fact that I did Zumba the night before didn’t help either.

So we get ready and start walking. I look up. Holy F!

We get to the 10th Floor. Deadly. We are done. Got a selfie of me and the view. 

Then I hear my coworker say, “There are more stairs!” DEAR LORD NO!

So we make it up the rest of the stairs. 11 Floors. Who knew? Haha

When we finished my calves felt like jell-o. Every once in a while they would kinda shake. I think they were laughing at me.

Yesterday I actually got on the treadmill. Only for 30 minutes but at least I did it.

Training starts soon for the USR half that I am not sure if I agreed to or not. J

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I am going to run again. I promise!

This week has not been good for running. At all. I have a sore throat, sore neck, bad back, bad knee and absolutely no energy to run. I have attempted to get on the treadmill everyday but ended up in my bed asleep each time.  I do think I dreamt about running one night so that should count, right?

I did however get to a Zumba class which was so much fun.  My hip hop instructor Janelle teaches it every Wednesday night from 8-9 at Revolutions dance. Come out and try it!! 

I need to get out running more to get my weight loss goal quicker! HAHA I have about 52 pounds gone now and need about 17 more gone to hit my final weight loss goal. 

Well this blog was short. Here’s hoping I can get out for the group runs this week.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Make sure you run slow"

First off, I would like to reference this blog post where Shelley said she never wanted to run again and wanted to punch Pete Soucy in the face. Well, It looks like we are in training now for the USR half Marathon. My brain hurts just thinking about it. I thought I had until September for the Huffin Puffin Half.

I was thinking about running all day. I haven’t run all week. I had best intentions on running but my body didn’t want to move. At all. There was one morning I woke up at 5 am and I thought, wow, I can actually get up and go on the treadmill.  Well within time I talked myself out of it. I am really good at that!

So we finally all pile out of our vehicles tonight onto the Peter Barry Duff parking lot and proceed to set our watches for our run. By the time Shelley, Lori and I got to the end of the parking lot onto the road we met up with Madeline and Ron. Madeline was telling us that it is really slippery and to “make sure we run slow”. I busted out laughing, who is kidding? She knows me too well.

This was by far one of the scariest runs for me. I was so nervous that I was going to fall. I lost my footing a couple times going down Buckingham but was able to catch myself, which is good because I didn’t fall but bad because I always “tweek” my back.  I attempted to turn around and go home three times even before the three way stop. But then if I had stopped I would “say” I am going to home and going on the treadmill but we all know that is not happening.

It was also scary because I had to pee and during my whole run I was thinking that if I did fall I would probably pee in my pants. I was thinking of different scenarios in my head if I did fall and how far into the run I was, what I would actually do.  I told Shelley on the way back up Buckingham of my fear.  Her response was, “I have been binge watching my 600 lb life, I think I can handle if you pee in your pants.” No wonder we are friends.

“you ain’t cool unless you pee your pants” – Adam Sandler

I am happy to say I got back to my car safely and I will be asking Marc to buy me those yak track things for my birthday. And maybe a pack of depends. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Enter 2017

So. Hi. It’s me again. I figured I would write January’s blog to get me motivated again to run in 2017. I had a really good year in 2016, I ran my first Half Marathon.  It was hard but not as hard as expected. Probably because of the people I ran it with, Shelley and Lori (Paula was injured and was tracking our run through Shelley’s running app).  We had a lot of fun running; we really didn’t care about the time (but did it under 3 hours) because we stopped at every water station which made us stop for every porta potty. We also stopped and posed for pictures for the race photographer (because that is what we do) and there was a check point that had chocolate. Who wouldn’t stop for chocolate?

So when we got back after the race everything slowed down for me running wise. I did the odd run and then helped out with the Learn to Run group (which I love doing). Then it got cold and I got lazy. Well I can’t say I got lazy because I was swimming with Splash and Dash twice a week. Then I got injured. SURPRISE Renee got injured! NEVER happens! So when everyone says swimming is the best form of exercise and you can’t hurt yourself. Don’t listen to them. HAHA I did something to my rotator cuff and it hurt. It hurt a lot! There were times I would come home from swimming and crawl in the bed and hold my arm and just try and sleep and not move.

December I didn’t do much. My shoulder seems to be on the mend and I have the running bug again. Christmas Day I was sitting on the couch drinking a Diet Pepsi and eating a (big) bag of Salt and Vinegar chips. I should let you know that it was only 10:30 am. I was looking out the window and noticed it was actually nice out and good running weather. I drank the rest of my Diet Pepsi (I have an addiction) but put the chips away and got up and got ready. Then getting ready was a challenge. I couldn’t find my phone arm band and my wireless headphones were not charged. I almost put back on my pajamas and got the bag of chips.  But I decided not to run with my phone and I used my Ipod shuffle. I did 1 and 1’s and it felt great.

Thursday’s run day rolls around. Lori and Shelley were bouncing around the idea of running at the Field house. I was in. sort of. By the time work was over the weather was actually nice out and the girls decided to run from Peter Barry Duff. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go but I did. It was only the three of us but it was such a good run! It was my last run of 2016!

Enter 2017. Shelley texted (is that a word?) us to see if we wanted to run in the afternoon.  It was a relaxed run and perfect running conditions. We made some 2017 running goals one which includes running the Huffin Puffin Half Marathon.  Oh and this was my second run that I didn’t run with music. That is my new training. To see if I can run longer distances without music. Stay tuned. We will see how that goes.


As of today I have 51.3 pounds gone and with the help of my running buddies and Weight Watchers I will get the last 18 pounds gone this year. 

Happy Running!