Sharing a few tips that I have picked up during these last few weeks of adding running to my fitness routine.   

  1. Have the correct running gear.  That means good shoes and clothes.  Wear tight spandex pants to prevent chafing.  Invest in a pair of running socks.  Cotton socks can cause blisters. Ladies make sure you have a good sports bra.
  2. Drink water and drink it throughout the day.
  3. Try not to eat in the 2 hours before your run.
  4. Run facing traffic and never assume that the driver of those cars have seen you.  You’d be surprised at how clueless most are.
  5. Run without ear buds or with just one in.  Be aware of your surroundings. 
  6. Don’t stretch before you head out.  Warm up with a few minutes of running in place.  Stretch after you are finished.
  7. Not every run will feel good.  You will have to battle through some.  But even those bad ones count as runs and get you closer to your goal.
  8. Stop and walk a short bit if you are out of breath.  There’s no shame in doing so. 
  9. Running is (in my opinion) more mental than physical.  Tell yourself you can do it.  Believe you can do it and get it done.
  10. Most importantly – Start out slow.  Pushing too hard will end in injury.  That means no running and no progress. 



Did you see the post about my new running shoes?  I love them!  It’s sad (am I’m really embarrassed) that I’ve waited so long to get a pair of shoes that actually fit my feet correctly and are the right size.  Let me tell you that it makes ALL the difference in the world.  My feet don’t hurt and my calfs/shins aren’t cramping up.  Apparently, you need to purchase running shoes a full size bigger than what you usually wear.  Shoes that are too small can cause shin splints.   

Anyhoo, I restarted the Couch to 5K program last week.  Miss K has been my partner in crime.  She can’t keep up the pace jogging with me, so he rides her scooter to keep me company.  Plus, it’s hard to say no to her when she is so excited to go.  I’ve needed that extra motivation to get out there.   

I’ve lost 12 pounds since June of this year.  When school let out, I started riding my mountain bike around some neighborhoods in our town to get my fitness and weight loss plan started.  Since school started again for the kids and the evenings are getting shorter and shorter, I don’t have as many chances to ride as I did during the summer.  I’ve hit a plateau these last 3 weeks, so I’m hoping that picking up the pace and getting back to jogging during the week and riding on the weekends will help me get over the hump.  

If I consistantly lose around 1.5 to 2 pounds per week, I should hit my weight loss goal right around Christmas.  What an awesome present that would be to myself!!

If you are interested in doing the Couch to 5K plan, there are several apps available for your smartphone that make it easier.  I use the app by Bluefin Software, LLC.  You can also find a printable plan online at Cool Running.   




This is a conversation that took place while riding my bike last night.

*Kid on skateboard: Hey! (as I was riding by.. he was probably 16 or 17)

*Me: Hey.

*Kid: You live in this neighborhood?

*Me: No.

*Kid: You in highschool?

*Me: No, I’ve been out of highschool a LONG time.

*Kid: Oh, so you’re in college?

*Me: No, I’ve been out of college a LONG time too.

*Kid: You married?

*Me: Yes, I am.

*Kid: Oh well that’s cool. You should come hang out with us sometime.

*Me: Right!  I’ll get right on that!  Nice to meet you. 

And I rode off.

Not sure how to take that.  But being mistaken for a college age girl feels really good right before my 34th birthday!  Haha!

Man O Man, I feel better today!  I was able to keep my food down but wasn’t really hungry.  I ate a turkey sandwich for lunch with a peach and an egg sandwich for dinner with a few tortilla chips and more fruit (didn’t want to overdue it in case that stomach bug wasn’t all the way finished with me).  I also managed to get a short bike ride in.  I’ve come to count on that ride.  It’s my stress reliever!  And I love that I burn around 250 calories in just 30 minutes. 

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I have spent the last two days (Monday and Tuesday) fighting an awful stomach bug.  I’m pleased to say that I seem to be over it but am still feeling a little weak.  Probably from lack of food.  I slept all day yesterday, which is VERY unusual for me to do and it has left me with a terrible back ache.  Im   

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