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Thursday, August 30, 2012


Dont Quote The Raven


I have finally found the time to run again!  I don't regret my decision to take a break towards the end of the semester.  I basically spent all day every day reading and writing so I know I didn't waste that extra time.

Of course now I'm back home and I have to find a way to supplement my beautiful run around the Liffey with a run around my suburban neighborhood.

I didn't realize that we had the AC on inside so, while I thought it was the perfect temperature for a run,  after stepping outside I quickly realized that I was wrong.  It's amazing to think that it's still about 15 degrees cooler here than it was for most of the summer.  I don't know if I would have done any running this year if that was the case in Dublin.  I didn't go out with any expectations since I haven't run in almost three weeks at this point, but I managed a good loop around the neighborhood (about 1.5 miles).   It was hot and I struggled a bit but I figured it was ok because I have a treadmill at my house so I could use that for my runs from now on.

Yesterday I tried the treadmill and about 30 seconds in I remembered why I used to so passionately hate running.  I could not believe how instantly bored I was.  I think I only managed to run for 6 minutes before I had to get off.  I'm going to give it another shot today but I don't think I will be using the treadmill unless it's hurricaning or blizzarding outside from now on.

Aside from the heat, I also found my run around the neighborhood to not be that exciting.  I think I'm going to have to drive somewhere to run eventually. I would almost prefer running around the high school track where I can at least be entertained by other people.  Too bad I don't have a car to drive any where!

I did something exciting this morning!  I stepped on a scale for the first time in months!!  I don't really know how I feel about sharing weight stories but I don't think it would hurt anyone but me so I'll share anyway.

When I was home in May I stepped on the scale and was terrified.  It was the most I had ever weighed in my life.  The only time I had been that close was when I came home from studying abroad in Russia (notice the I-eat-a-lot-when-I-travel trend?)  Anyway, it was shortly after that I returned to Dublin and started my running.

So today, about 3 months from that weigh-in, I'm down 7 lbs.  I'd also like to point out that I haven't been running for the past three weeks and have been doing a lot of "I'm leaving, let's celebrate!" eating followed by even more "I'm home, let's celebrate!" eating.  I have a feeling that a week or two ago I was probably down 10 lbs.  Just more motivation to get back into the running again asap!

7 comments:

  1. Erin, it's you...

    Like you, I get bored on the treadmill and yesterday I remembered why even though I took the ipad and tried watching a movie. It's because the timer is right before me.

    I'm not a runner, I'm a walker. I walk on a walking trail and I set a destination. It's so much easier to get to my destination than to think I can walk for 1 hour on the treadmill.

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    1. I feel the same way! I have some great trails near my house but I need it to cool down a bit before I can comfortably run on them.

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  2. i'm bringing my running sneaks, planning on taking the pup for morning walks/jogs this weekend, you're welcome to join :)

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    1. Perfect! I was just about to text you seeing if you'd would be up for some morning jogs! Adding the pup to the mix makes it even better!

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  3. I also hate running. My friend and I are doing Couch 2 5k and keeping each other accountable. Like you, I get super bored but then I tell myself it's okay to be bored for 30 minutes if it will help how I look in a bikini!

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    1. I have to tell myself the same thing. 30 minutes is nothing... especially when I don't have a job or anything else to do to occupy my time during the day!

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  4. Have to agree with you about the lack of love for running. This has limited the distances I will run. If not for the tunes on my iPhone, my running wouldn't happen. I have an upcoming TRI coming up and i wonder how i will handle the running portion without headphones?
    Good luck pounding the pavement!

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