Saturday, March 19, 2016

First Race!

Here's the deal. I was getting chubby and eating too much of the wrong foods. After my doctor told me that my cholesterol was close to 300, I decided to change my ways. I gave up chips, cookies, crackers, cake, candy - well you get the idea. I just ate REAL food and was careful about what was in the ingredients. No high fructose junk, bad oils, GMO's, sugar or prepackaged convenience foods. Oh, and definitely no fast food stops!

So, this started the first week of September 2015 and the weight began to come off. Fast forward to the middle of January 2016 and I decide to start walking and get some serious exercise. OK, we all walk but really making an effort to walk three times a week for two miles each time.  Cold weather, snow or wind didn't stop my walk. Now I want to jog. I looked on the internet for running advice and tried to follow a pattern but it progressed too fast. What the hell, I can barely run 15 seconds. I kept at it, and after a few weeks I found some really sound advice.

Follow your body!
Warm up with five minutes of walking.
Run and walk by your body.
Alternate running (until you hear your breath) & walking until you catch your breath.
Stick with just 20 minutes of running time, 3 days a week.
Stay happy, don't push yourself, keep it easy. No pain.
Finish with a 5 minute cool down, just walk.

Now I decide to enter the Shamrock Race, the two mile run. After all, how many women in their 60's will compete? Seriously, I was just happy that I was able to give it a try, my running time was pretty close to the last year's 3rd place winner. How did I do? Yes, I came in 3rd place on March 19th. I ran as long as I could, then I walked until I caught by breath. It only took a half dozen steps. I finished two miles in 22:26, complete with an award and pictures taken at the end. Success! I'm 40 pounds lighter and getting stronger and healthier each day. I plan to work hard at maintaining the exercise and eating habits. Wish me luck!

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