Just to let you know- this blog is no longer active. I'll be keeping up my 101 in 1001 list until its completion, but will not be writing new posts. You can read the post below if you want the long version. Thanks for the journey to all my friends in the blogosphere!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Running Blahs

With the exception of two really fantastic runs, I've kind of had the workout blahs for a couple of weeks. My strength training as been sporadic (sorry, Jillian Michaels) and some of my runs have just been plain pathetic. I ended up walking a good part of the second half of my run yesterday. Not because I was really winded or in pain or anything...just hot, lazy, tired.

I think know I need to lose some weight. I purposefully have shifted my thinking over the years and do not equate running with losing weight. When I'm just worried about calories, running becomes such a chore
and I hate it. I did think, however, that, just by the wayside, I would drop a few pounds when I got serious about running again (as I always have in the past). That would be a no. A definite no. Which is just a teensy bit discouraging.

However, like I just said, running is not about weight loss for me. Ironically though, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to lose some weight to continue meeting my running goals. Being 20 pounds overweight means there are 20 extra pounds I have to carry every single mile I run. (Anybody see any light shed on knee issues?) It's like carrying a small toddler with me on an 8 mile run...it just doesn't make sense. How much faster could I be if I put down that darn toddler?

So, as I start building my distance, I'm going to see if I can't help myself out by dropping some weight along the way. Anything to make a long run easier, right? : )


  1. Are you going to be following a plan for your weight loss? I'm in my 6th month of WW and down 15 pounds (not terrible but I certainly could have done better). More than anything I just remember (as Bethanny from RHONYC would say) that my daily food intake is like withdrawing from a bank account. I can have whatever I want but not all of it all the time. GL and I know you can do it! I've got 15 more to go so we can encourage one another!

  2. Does counting calories drive you nuts? I count calories and I really find it enlightening. I lost about 10 pounds through a combination of running, eating cleaner and do the 30DS. Now I am learning how to maintain, something I have never done before!

  3. I have dropped weight adding distance and only moderately watching what I eat. I hope this helps you!

  4. i'm with you!!! counting does drive me nuts!

  5. Hi! Just found you by chance. I'd like to follow your blog. I'm a 5K runner who's working up to my first half-marathon.

  6. Thanks for all the advice! I'm calorie counting, but trying not to obsess about it too much. Part of me kind of likes thinking about it as math problem...and part of me hates thinking about food in numbers!