So, I have officially NOT fractured any bones in my left foot!! Yeah, I know I never mentioned any problems with my foot-- that day I walked the 8 miles, I did something to it. Don't know what, but it hurts off and on. I can still walk on it, but I wanted to make sure that it wasn't serious. And it wasn't!! (I still don't know what I did to it, but as long as it's not broken, I'm good. Probably just a deep bruise.)
Now I have no excuses.
The 3-Day is only 16 weeks away (eek!! if I counted right), and I'm currently not doing everything I can be to train. There, I've said it-- I'm only walking 2-3 miles a week, and slacking.
It's just my natural tendency for delaying and procrastination kicking in, I know, but this is definitely not something I can procrastinate about, or I will regret it in November, for sure.
Last Saturday, I walked 3 miles outside in the heat and humidity (ick!!). I didn't start until about 9:45 am, and it was already over 90 degrees. My own fault, because I could have gone out at 5:30 when the dogs got their breakfast, but I didn't.
Sunday, I went to the gym and did 4 miles on the treadmill (in the AC!) 1 mile on a cross-country program, and 3 miles at a flat incline, mostly walking with a little jogging thrown in there, too. I never thought I would ever want to jog or run, but I realized halfway thru my 45 minute session that running covers the miles and racks up the calories burned quicker. Kinda elementary, I suppose, but I really never realized just how much quicker, if you know what I mean...
Thanks again to Tom for my pink iPod birthday present!! I listened to a few podcasts, including watching a video of a great TED lecture on creativity. (must find more of those!) The iPod was much better than the inane television program that was playing on the TV in the health club... a new rendition of Robin Hood- it looked more like Men in Tights to me, but not near as funny, and I wasn't sure if the humor was on purpose, or if it was just that bad. (I'm leaning toward the latter.)
(don't get me wrong, I was still watching the seconds tick down on the treadmill program, but the iPod at least made it more enjoyable.)
Last night, I started Weight Watchers again (for the LAST time, this time). I know I need the accountability with measuring and recording my food to keep me on track eating healthy things instead of "snacky empty-calorie" things, the accountability to the scale every week, and the camraderie and inspiration of the weekly meetings. I did it once before, so I know it works if you do it, I just have to DO it.
So, here's some inspiration for me:
the Front Burner blog: an interesting blog I just found, with blog posts about running
the Couch to 5K program, which literally talks you thru starting from the couch, and works you up to running a 5K (which is a little over 3 miles, I think) in 9 weeks.
Cathy Zielske ran her first 5K race 6 months after starting her weight loss and fitness journey! read about it here.
some other blogs for when I have time (I haven't actually read any of these yet, so they may be good or bad; they just looked interesting at first glance):
The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl (written by a Scottish woman)
Get Fit Slowly (weight loss and fitness from a male perspective)
Feed the Soul (nutrition and weight loss)
Yell at Your Fat (audio podcast about losing weight and getting fit)
Being Healthy for Busy People (more podcasts; these look a little like the things that run on the TV in the Dr's office waiting room)
I've never thought of myself as a runner, because to me, runners are Serious Athletes (somehow I hear it with capital letters in my head), but it would be kinda fun to be able to say "oh, it was nothing, just a 4 mile run..."
or at least be able to to walk the 60 miles without keeling over! just kidding- I don't plan on keeling over, but I don't want to be the last one into camp. (not that there's anything wrong with that, I just don't want it to be me.)