I ran today.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done this in Houston, though I ran at the ranch over the Thanksgiving break. I went down to the bayou and I checked out the new pedestrian bridges. They are building a really nice place for runners, and for me to get there isn’t a really big deal. It’s about a mile to the bayou from my house, and I ran about a mile on the trails there before coming back. It was about three miles, and while I ran more than I walked, I walked a good bit. This is what I ran: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6183695
It was hard, and it hurt, and I wanted to give up a few times, but I kept on going, even if it was just walking.
I downloaded all of the data from my heart rate monitor today, and 2013 was a sad year in terms of activity. I don’t think I worked out more than three or four times a month the whole year. I had tons of excuses. My knee bothered me at first. Then I was pregnant. Then I wasn’t pregnant.
Weirdly, or maybe not, I probably took the best care of myself last year when I was pregnant. I paid super attention to what I ate. I exercised regularly. I drank lots of water. I paid super attention to my diet.
After the miscarriage, I think I gave up. If there was any major fall out from the miscarriage, it was that I lost all motivation to keep myself healthy. I sort of went into a lazy daze that I think I’m finally emerging from.
I have a doctor’s appointment next week. I want to see if there’s anything wrong with me in terms of getting pregnant. I have had some weird cycles, and I am just a little concerned that maybe it’s getting harder and harder. Graham saw a doctor a few months ago, and he’s having some things worked on in terms of his own health. I need to start paying attention to mine again.
Today I woke up, got dressed and ran this route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5216347
I haven’t run that far in five years, and I feel pretty good about it. The first three miles were pretty wonderful. I never really felt tired and I never felt the need to stop. I got confused on the route, since parts of it were under construction, in the third mile, but I was able to get back and run again.
My ipod thinks that I run faster than I do. I suspect my gait is shorter than it thinks it is. I ended up running about a mile less than it thinks I ran, but I’m ok with that. It makes me think that I’m doing very well, and that’s what I need to do right now. When I’m much, much better, I’ll recalibrate the ipod.
I finished my barre bootcamp on Friday, and it was a success. I fit into jeans I haven’t been able to wear in four years, and I feel just better in general about my state of health. I ache, but it’s a good ache. I am flexible and strong and feel much more like myself.
So I was hoping to have sub-blogs under all the pages, but I guess I can’t do that without a lot of coding, so instead, I’m just going to update here.
I’m hoping to run this route tomorrow: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5187661 It’s longer than I’ve run in the past few months, but I think I need to do it if I’m going to continue with the half-marathon goal. It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to be one of those things where I’m disappointed with my time, but it’s also important for me to do. I ran a little over half of it last week with no ill effect, and I know that I can complete it, if not in a good time.
I started a barre class this morning that was quite challenging. There will be fourteen of them in the next month, and I’m hopeful that it will help with my core strength for the running. I have my regular spin classes as well, though I’m missing tomorrow because I have to go to an event with Graham. I’ll hopefully make it up on Thursday morning.