Hey, people! Yep, it’s me. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to post anything on my blog! School started and “Boom!”, my life is no longer my own. I’m a slave to no man, but children are another story!! Whoever said the line that you get to do what you want when you grow up was a LIAR! My kids somehow think that’s true (as I guess most kids do). I’m tempted to share the secret of the Big Lie with them, but then I think, “Let them find out on their own!”
School time is the time my double life emerges: Insurance Consultant by Day and Taxi Driver by Afternoon/Night. (You can also throw Chef in there somewhere!). School has started and, thus, Fall Sports and After School Activities.
I get home from work in time to get my youngest off of the bus, change my clothes, wait for the girls to get home and then I put the Taxi-in-Service sign on the family truckster. Now, we’re ready to take off – Soccer practice, piano lessons, elementary to retrieve forgotten homework, library, etc. I literally drive around for 2 hours dropping off and picking up various little people and NEVER leave my city! It’s no wonder my ass is getting wider – I’m in a recliner all day. So, in order to prevent me from showing up on the People of Walmart web site, I’ve decided to take up a new hobby that requires me to actually move – I’m taking up jogging.
I know, I know – why? Well, a couple of things: (1) my schedule does not allow me to visit a gym or take a class on a regular basis; (2) doing tapes at home is nice, but it’s not effective when the kids are yelling, “mommy, mommy!” while I’m hopping around, breathing irregularly, and sweating profusely; and (3) I needed to find something that I could pick up do anywhere without fuss or a lot of equipment. Running seems to fit the bill – we’ll see. I mean I do have 45-year-old knees. Maybe they won’t like running :).
Still having my birthday money (because I don’t have time to shop for myself), I did a lot of research and bought myself some really nice running shoes and no-blister socks!! I also found an 8-week training program – by the end of the 8 weeks, I should be able to run for 30 minutes straight. This particular web site said not to worry about the miles, but the time. Sounds good to me!
Today was Day 2 and so far so good – no pulled muscles, twisted ankles or weird aches. I consider that a good sign. If I can maintain progress without serious injury, I should be able to run 30 minutes continuously by the end of the week of October 11th.
Hopefully, this will be something that I enjoy doing and can keep doing. If I’m going to continue my not-so-secret double life (I don’t see it ending any time soon), I would like to do it without my booty becoming two axe handles wide (an old saying by my dad).
Wish me luck!
I’ve known you for 27 years and you are still surprising me! You go girl!
Would you be so kind as to share the running Web site you’re using? I’d love to check it out.
Once winter rolls around, do you plan to keep running? I’m kind of scared to run when it’s snowy/icy out. What are your thoughts?
My plan is to keep running during the winter as long as it’s not slick & snowy outside or in the single digits – I don’t want to break a hip (or anything else for that matter)! During the winter, my kids’ sports schedules are almost nil, so I will have time to run at the workout center indoors if needed.
The above is the link to the 8-week beginners running plan.
Are you a regular runner already? If so, do you like it?