Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Five days and counting...down

Last night was mine and Rindy's six-month anniversary of running.

Six months since I convinced her, "Hey, let's sign up for a half marathon!"

Six months since I thought running four miles was hard.

Six months since I actually picked up a pair of running shoes and kept the pace.

What a fabulous six months.

Rindy and I have already thought about what to do after the halfie is over. I think we're going to take up mountain biking. I'm going to start training for a mini-trialthon (400-m swim, 5k, 11 mile bike ride) coming up in April, but I'm very excited about the biking part. We both want to keep up the high exercise pace, but both of us need a running break, ha!

FYI, I have not lost ONE POUND since I started running. I've gone down two dress sizes but still weigh the same (and, YES, will STILL not tell it, lol!!!). My calves are the size of boulders (as are my hips, come to think about it, hehe). My waist is small, and my thighs have stopped jiggling (so much). I sleep awesome after runs, but I've noticed that I'm having to run more and more to wear me out. After four miles last night, I STILL woke up with "panic attacks." (I'm an Olympic champ when it comes to worrying, and, before I started running, I'd wake myself up in the middle of the night anxious about all the stuff I have to do. After a long run, though, I sleep like a log. But that run's getting longer and longer...)

My toes and bottoms of my feet look rough, even after a pedicure. Two of my toes have huge calluses on the tops. Rindy has a black toe. She called me while she was getting a pedi to tell me this because, as she put it, she didn't want the lady doing her nails to think it was a fungus. LOL.

Running has been so much fun for me, and I'm so thankful to know so many friends and bloggers out there, particularly Misti, Brooke, and Kelsey, who have encouraged me along this way. This stuff has been hard. I know I couldn't have done it without Rindy, without my sweet husband, and without friends.

That saying...our halfie is in five days. I've considered training for a full marathon and probably will compete in one before I'm 30. But with grad school and work and all sorts of other craziness going on, I need to wait until at least 2011 before I start training for that.

Five days, y'all. Sunday is calling. At 7:30 a.m. CST, I will be running. And around 10 a.m., I will be eating beignets at Cafe du Monde.

Life is good.

17 comments:

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

good for you, hon! 2 dress sizes is fabulous.

Ginger said...

All that and you saved the best for last...beignets! Can you tell how athletic I am?

Brooke said...

you are going to do great!! :) i remember the week before my half - i woke up early worrying (while vacationing in San Franciso) and emailed a bloggy buddy who assured me all would be well and i would do great.

she was right...and so now i say the same to you - you're totally gonna kick booty!!! :)

ps - thanks - my hair is one of my favorite features :)

misti said...

YAYYY!!! yall better eat like...37 beignets each!

Mari said...

I'm so impressed! The thought of any marathon kills me, but I know you are going to do great!

Ebeth said...

awesome! Almost makes me want to take up running... almost. Though I did start back up on the bike (the tail bone is killing me)

Jill said...

In the first place, losing dress sizes is way better than losing weight. Everyone can see the dress; unless you're crazy, no one will see the scale!

That said, I feel duty-bound to point out that the last sentence of your post may be the reason you haven't lost any weight. lol (And yes, I'm absolutely the last person to talk!)

Jill said...

I've followed your posts on running with interest, but it's your comment on my blog, that running allows you to eat anything that you want, that makes me actually consider taking it up! : )

Brittany Ann said...

Nice work! I'd kill to be two dress sizes down! Happy 6 Month Runiversary!

Kayla said...

Wow, good for you! That's great news. I wish I could run that often, but I always seem to find excuses not to..... Maybe this summer will be my time to start! :-) How do you run when it's cold out? Or do you live where it doesn't matter??

septembermom said...

Two dress sizes!! That's awesome. I'm so glad that you're enjoying running. Keep going.

destination262 said...

Happy Run-iversary! :) That is really impressive for 6 months. And yay for your half coming up! :) I'm excited to hear how it goes!

Joyeful said...

Ok, you are awesome!! I can't even run up the stairs without being winded (ok, so maybe I do have a baby in my belly, but still...!) My sister in love might be running in that one, too! She's always running in marathons--she's awesome.

I'm so impressed by gals like you!

Growin' with it! said...

hey...now it's 4 more days!! you ROCK! have fun on the run

Aleta said...

OMG, did you have to end that wonderful, inspiration post with a visit to Cafe du Monde? Darn.... now I want beignets!!!!

Kelly said...

I am so proud of you! You are a true athlete! You will feel soooooo good when it's done and be so proud of yourself! I can't wait to hear the details! I notice when I'm running more I don't loose weight either but really tone up. I'll take it! Good 'luck' with your race!!!!

Tracy said...

Isn't that the best part? Eat all the beignets that you want. I wish!

Congrats on all of your success!

Blessings.