Friday, January 02, 2009

There's Something Satisfying

... about burning 575 calories before you've had breakfast.

Since recovering from my self-inflicted knee injury, I have been running only three or four days a week. I usually run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, with the occasional Saturday evening. The Saturday morning after Thanksgiving, I ran my first three-miler. I didn't want to tell anyone, thinking it was just a fluke. Well, it wasn't a fluke. In fact, I've been running three miles three to four days a week since.

Until this morning ...

I decided it was time to pump it up a notch and I ran three and a half. Not fast, mind you. I tell myself "slow and steady wins the race." Not that I'm going to run any race ... It's just about endurance for me. I went from not exercising at all ... ever ... to running. And my body is a little old and achy.

I do have to say, though, that running has greatly improved my back. Even when I can hardly get out of bed in the morning because my back hurts so much, and it kills me to put on shoes and socks, I take a few running steps and voila! I'm healed.

My goal this year is, to, well, um ... run more.

13 comments:

misschris said...

Oh hon, you are gooood!

But I have to tell you, 3 miles is the magic distance. My dad, who is a retired PT specializing in foot, knee and ankle injuries, swears that after 3 miles, you really are doing more to harm than good...

Just my two cents. But you know, I'm looking out for you.

Way to go!!!

Brenda said...

You go girl. If a Mom of 6 can do it, so can I.

Gail :) said...

Wow! Great Job! 3 miles is awesome!

christy said...

i walk 3 miles every mon wed fri with some friends from church. we walk briskly though. i come home sweaty every time. we usually walk in the neighborhood but now that it's cold we walk laps through the halls at church while the kids play in the nursery or gym. i love it.

Rosa said...

Congrats! That is a great goal.

FinnyKnits said...

Well look right at you! Running 3+ miles 3 days a week!

You've come a long way, Ms Lera - good good for you.

Congrats :)

Southerner said...

You just make me sick -you and your little pink sky:) You need to come pull me out of bed and off the couch! I need to hang out with people like you.

V and Co. said...

there's something to be said about a mom of 6 running 3 to 4 times a week, and that is "you're a rockstar!" keep it going baby!

utmommy said...

Go girl!

Good for you. I've got to get my butt movin'.

Tori said...

BRAVO!!!
Way to go!

amandajean said...

good for you for running!!!

but i have to admit that i'm feeling lazy after reading your post. thanks for that. :)

Karyn said...

WOW!!!!!!!!

Congratulations! As I told you before, the only place I ever run to is the fridge. I'm proud of you!

maya said...

So inspiring! I want this for myself. Today I walked alone to the park & back. That was huge for me, it's so easy to sit in front of this screen. But the idea is to make leaving the house alone a habit, then get myself to the exercise once I'm really making time for myself. I'm just realizing that being child-sized doesn't always mean child-like energy & vigor. So 3 miles, huh? On my list...