A lot has happened since we last talked. I bought my running shoes, and some cold-weather running gear. I know, I know. All I really needed was the running shoes, but my train of thought sort of derailed when I surmised that since I was not a fast runner, I should at least look the part. I purchased the RRX jacket and tights and the Brooks Glycerin 11 running shoes. Very comfy, and so far all have been holding up their end of the bargain.
I figured too that looking the part also entailed talking the talk, so I also signed up for a 5 km fun run. Now I can tell people that I am going to be participating in a run. On the sign up page there was a question that asked if I was running or walking. I emphatically put running. Finally deciding that after all, I wear “running” shoes and “running” gear and more often than not, during the winter my nose “runs, so with all that reference to running around me, why should I not have the right to call my self a runner no matter the speed or lack thereof. No offense to any joggers out there.
The run I signed up for is the Resolution Run in Quebec City. Don’t get me wrong; I am far from making any resolutions. In fact, I highly believe that any successes I have during my journey are directly related to the fact that I hadn’t made any resolutions. In other words, the making of a resolution is a sure-fire way to annihilate any ambitions you have towards self-improvement; of this I am positive. You want proof? Go to Google. There are over 4 million hits alone on ways not to land on the New Year’s Resolution fail heap. I do not intend to be included in one of those statistics.
What do you wear during your winter runs?
First day of snow in Quebec City. I always liked the first day of snow. It ranks right up there with all those other feel good days of the year. I am hoping that by getting back into jogging, I will have many more feel good days ahead of me.
I haven’t gone jogging yet, but I can explain. I sorrily need new running shoes and until I go out and buy them, there will be no semblance of jogging done by me. Seeing that I have not partaken in any exercise in quite some time, I have decided to start my quest to the half marathon by walking. When I do finally get my running shoes, I will slowly advance to a walk/run strategy. I am sure this will entail more walking than running at beginning, but I think I have a lot of time to build my base. As it sits, my base has been often found relaxing on couch, in front of the television, with a bag of chips.
I have not picked a first run that I want to participate in yet, but this is not a bad thing. If anything it will give me more time to train, and God only knows, any spare time tacked on to my training is definitely a good thing. The only things I know for sure right now is that my first training run will be a 5k. It will happen somewhere in Quebec and there will be snow on the ground. Hmmm… running in the snow. Perhaps I should be looking for snowshoes.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Well, that’s what they say and who am I to argue with them. I profusely apologize for my absence for over 3 years. Yeah I know, that’s gotta’ be a record. I think when I started this, I ending up feeling a bit overwhelmed in trying to post as much and as often as I could. It became a chore I really did not like, so I just gave up.
And, that’s not all I gave up. Unfortunately, I also gave up on my jogging. The reasons for quitting jogging, I believe, have to do with the fact that I did not have any goal attached to my jogging. To jog just for the health benefits is not enough of a goal for me. Neither, unfortunately, is jogging just for the fun of it. So, shortly after the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, I quit. I believe that I am the type of person that needs a specific goal it keep me on the road.
I have always wanted to run a marathon… uhmm… no, that is not my goal. At least not right away. My intermediate goal is to run a half marathon. It is my hope that this goal will keep me on the road and focused on the bigger picture. So in the future if you see a delay with my posts, or perhaps you have noticed that I haven’t written about my training days, don’t worry, just start without me and I will be back sooner than you think. I promise.
Just as a side note, I will be posting at the very minimum once per week, so stay tuned.
It’s the night before the night before Christmas and I thought I would wish all of my one reader a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year since I won’t be around for the holidays. I did go jogging yesterday, but I don’t think I’ll be jogging while visiting family. However, you will be glad to know that I have packed my snowshoes and I do intend to use them. We have a ton of snow here and I think if I even tried to jog, it would be more like stair climbing. Ya, no. I can just imagine me trying to manage my body through snow drifts that are almost as tall as me. This, I am sure, would not be fun to do. No thank you. Besides, I’ve heard that changing up your exercise plan is a good thing. After all, you wouldn’t want me to get too bored with just jogging all the time, would you?
Anyway, I will leave this here and see you in the new year.
We are smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season. You know, when Thanksgiving runs into Christmas, and Christmas runs into New Years. Thank God I don’t have a birthday to consider during this time. Why? Because during the holiday season I like to cook and I like to bake, but mostly, I like to eat. My holidays seem to be centered around food and that is fine with me. However, I realized that if I am going to be fine with all that, then I also have to be fine with my annual weight gain… hmmmm… ya, not really.
This year, I hope that things have changed somewhat. Don’t get me wrong. I am still cooking, baking and eating, but this year I have added jogging to the mix. What does this mean in the long run? Well, only time will really tell, but I think it can’t be a bad thing. I sure have been feeling a lot better about myself lately, and that’s always good. If I still end up gaining weight during this festive time, I will re-look at what I need to do with my diet. I know I probably should be doing that anyway, but the way I see it is I am starting an exercise routine that will hopefully become a habit in my life. Right now, I am focussed on that and seem to be staying the course. I don’t want to add a new diet regimen on top of a new exercise plan. In my thinking, (Yes, perhaps slightly skewed.) I feel that doing that would set myself up for failure, and I certainly don’t want or need that.