But that makes me fat. And will someday make me un-healthy, taking meds, etc. I turn 45 years old in a few days. I don't exercise because I love it. I exercise because I love food. I am basically chasing candy and nachos.
But I am starting to get used to the action...the adrenaline and even, the adventure of it all.
As I mentioned on a recent post, it is time for another scary milestone event.
I have tried to challenge myself with aggressive weight loss goals, but everything I own fits loose on me now, and I feel great. I know I am still heavy, but I am also very tall and broad. I feel good. Weight loss is needed, but is not a huge motivator right now (except I should get back to my "50-pound loss" number pretty quick, or else I'll have to give back the iPod Touch!).
So, what goal would scare me now?
Short-term? RUN a 10K on 1/23/11. That is more than a 5K run (which I did often in the past several months). I 've seen people do this distance in a "brisk 55-minute walk". For me to complete a 10K would surprise people who know me, yet many would still think that they "could totally do that, right now". After all, it is only about 90 minutes or less of run/walk.
Long-term? RUN a half-marathon on 3/27/11. I know only one person who has run a half-marathon. One. And he weighs about 170 pounds. I have about 17 weeks to prepare. How much weight might I lose if I am training to run a half-marathon?
So, there it is. I will do these two events. I feel like the half-marathon will be my biggest challenge since my first El Tour and yes, it really does scare me. I'm not certain I really believe I can do it. But, I will do it.
|That's right...a half-marathon. Who's with me!?!|
I'll continue to ride my bike each week for fun, but will have greater emphasis toward running for the next few months.
My thanks to all of you who continue to encourage this former couch-potato that I really can change my life and go just a bit further each week. You and my family are helping me change my life.
Specifically, thanks to The Traveler for leading the way with this idea.