My co-workers and friends have noticed that I have lost weight over the past nine months. Many of them even know that I have ridden in a few bike races...and that I was grateful to just simply, finish the race.
And although I have been running a bit since May, I have been very inconsistent. Until recently...
I knew that I needed a new big challenge to motivate my fitness activity. I could have gone for more distance on my bike, but that would just mean a lot more hours out on long rides. So, I decided to run a 10K in January and a half-marathon in March. I've told almost no one except my family.
I don't look like I run...my friends and co-workers would be so surprised.
I am starting to wonder: how many miles per week does the average jogger/casual runner actually run?
I've logged in 10 miles per week for the past two weeks and I'll do that again (or more) this week. I am actually ahead of the training plan, but think that it is going well, so I'll keep pushing it.
And as I begin Week 3 of my training routine for the 10K, I am amazed at the improvement I see with each run. I still feel slow, but I know that I am getting faster. I am still heavy, but I am actually becoming more...umm, athletic.
I guess I can officially claim it...I'm a runner! It seems so unbelievable to me, but I am actually going to run a half-marathon soon and it will be another step in this Clydesdale Project to change my life forever.
Tonight's run: 2.5 miles at an 11 min/mile pace. That is one minute faster than I was a week ago! My thanks to so many of you for the great advice!