Saturday, August 14, 2010

Kathy Week 33: Still Learning to Run...

Kathy's Week 33 Stats:
Today's Weight: 128
Last Week's Weight: 131
Starting Weight: 151
Total Weight Loss: 23 pounds!!

Skinny friends, I am so excited to tell you about the progress I am making as a runner! Since I started my 6-week training program, I am seeing some real differences in my weight, endurance, and body shape.

First of all, a disclaimer: I can't run. I can do a slow huffy-puffy jog thing. It's faster than walking, at least most of the time. But you have to start somewhere, so I just want to be very clear that when I mention "running" in this post, I really mean something along the lines of a middle-aged nonrunner trying her best to imitate a runner on the track. Woot woot! Go Kathy! Atta girl!

I have to tell you that I was really discouraged about running on Monday this week. I ran about 1/4 of a lap, and then my right knee did this jabby-feeling click thing, and I couldn't run any more. I walked. And walked. Then I would try to sneak in just a little itty bit of running, but no dice. The knee figured out immediately what I was up to and did the jabby-clicky thing again.

I almost wrote a whiny I-can't-run post Monday afternoon, but I managed to restrain myself.

And then something amazing and wonderful and maybe miraculous happened on Wednesday morning! 
I ran a mile!!! 
I ran 4 laps without stopping!!! Then I walked a lap, then I ran a little more, walked a little more, finished up with running the last lap.

Yesterday morning it was even better...I ran a mile and a half!!! And then I walked one lap and ran the last lap. I never thought I could do this! I am really, truly, majorly excited about this. (Which you can probably guess, because I am already waaaaay over my exclamation point quota in this post.)

Here's something else I'm excited about:
I swam across Sparks Lake!!!
And then...I swam back to the other side. All together, I was swimming for 30 minutes straight, just under 1/2 mile. This was one of my 43 Things, and I was excited to accomplish one more of my summer goals.

Now, you have to understand that Sparks Lake is a relatively small lake. And a shallow lake. My husband was paddling the canoe right alongside in case I had a cramp and decided to drown, but it wasn't all that necessary, because to tell the truth, if I had had a problem, all I would have had to do is stand up!! The lake is really that shallow. Hahaha!! But I didn't stand up; I really did swim over and back. Yay Kathy! Atta girl!!

I am only one pound away from goal weight - what an amazing 7 months of healthier living here on The Skinny.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend - see you next Saturday!


Katie said...

Ha! And here I was thinking maybe I would beat you or at least that we'd tie or something (on weight), but here you are totally beating me! Great job mom!

Syl said...

How exciting! Good work! You're so close! Swimming is something I stink at, so I'm super impressed.

emmalou said...

Kathy, I am amazed! You are a master at healthy weight loss now! I'm so happy to hear you stuck with the running. Yay!

kati said...

That's awesome! Nothing feels as good as being healthy and strong, in body and spirt. Good job Kathy!

Dorothy said...

Yep, she deserves all the "atta girls"! I was right by her side (in a canoe :) while she swam across the lake and back, with sparkles of light like diamonds in her wake. Husband Mark said it was because she was a princess.... isn't that sweet? :)

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