Running Update 6

This morning I ran. Usually, when it’s time for me to walk- I hear a little “ding” and a voice telling me to stop. Well, I was so proud to have gone the distance that I went without hearing the ding. I thought, “dang I’m going fast! I’m on a roll!!”. I was only supposed to run for 10 minutes at a time, so when I started to feel tired and had gone so far, I checked my phone and realized that I mistakenly left it on silent and I had been running for 16 minutes. I almost can’t believe it. When I started this, I was hardly able to go 5 minutes without running out of breath. Now, I’m going 16. I’ve learned that my current optimal distance-running pace is 12-13 minutes per mile. When I go this slow, I can keep going for long periods of time without running out of breath or energy too fast. I’m thinking of changing my route to one that is longer and has a more challenging terrain, mainly because I feel that my current route is too short.

As a side note, my weight has dropped, finally. I’ve decided to take my weight 10lbs at a time because I’m not just concerned with losing weight, but losing it permanently. Having a better understanding of what my diet and physical activity needs to look like (as I go down every 10lbs) will help me to know what I need to keep doing, once I reach my goal weight. Currently, I’m only 20-25lbs from where I want to be. Actually, I’ve been 20-25lbs away since I lost the weight two years ago. These last pounds just don’t want to go! I know that there’s a lifestyle change that needs to happen, based on the fact that I haven’t been able to lose the pounds- but I also haven’t gained any.

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