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*Contest open until Dec. 18.
This morning run was absolutely amazing! We ran 10 miles in 11 degrees! Looking back I wish we would have done one more haha There was a lot of ice we had to watch out but nobody fell!
It was a absolutely perfect start to my day! I am starting to love running in the cold!
Thanks to some wonderful ladies for joining me today!
Making small changes, taking stock of what I’m doing, how it affects my everyday life can lead to slowly feeling better than you felt before 🙌🏼. Don’t be afraid to change habits and stubbornness. I’m trying to get used to being comfortably uncomfortable.
How I learnt to run
Part 1 - Why running?
I wanted to lose weight. We all know that to lose weight, best thing to do to speed it up, do some exercise. It's not rocket science. Calories in vs calories out. Best calorie burner? Running. We all know it.
I've tried the gym, I've swam regularly before, I did 3 years of latin and ballroom dancing and I can get round the room in a quick step and a tango. But none of them stuck. I lost interest, the friends I was dancing with stopped going. I gave them up.
A bit of me was just curious about running. I had a couple of runner friends and they were completely bitten by the bug and loved it. I wanted what they had. Just never believed that I could ever be like that.
I talked to my friend, her answer, lets try it. Lets run to our gym class. Oh... I died! I didn't make it further than the end of the road. No way! I just couldn't do it. There was just no way I could run. I was too unfit. It was too hard. It was something for those fit people. It's not for me, I'm afraid!
I'm too fat. I'm too unfit. I can't do it.
But still, I was curious. Still I wanted to know more.
I asked my runner friends questions and weirdly every single one of them told me the same thing. That I could. That I, 15st overweight girl me, could be a runner. I didn't believe a word of it.
But the curiosity was there. I kept quiet about it, thought about it, but it was there. What if I could??? Yeah... but what if I actually could? The thought just niggled away at me.
While being ill I've missed out on my annual countdown to Christmas posts tradition. These I'll now postpone till January. So this week as I'm still in recovery and not running I'll do a post a day, recapping all the stages I've been through from non runner to marathon girl.
How I learnt to run! 🙌
1 week to go until Christmas!
A good rule of thumb is that it takes around 10 - 14 days to benefit from a VO2max interval training session focusing on building anaerobic capacity and 7 - 10 days for Threshold/Tempo runs which are designed to increase your body’s ability to reconvert lactate back into energy.
So with Telford 10k on the 7th Jan, it’s over the next week that it’s going to be important to get in as much quality in my workouts as possible before I take a couple of days off to relax and then count down to the big day.
Have a good week everyone and train hard. Earn that Christmas pudding 👊🏻🤤😝
As we near the end of the year, now would be a good time to sit back and review your values.
Why are you running? If you don’t exactly know, or if the answer stalls at “Because…" it’s time to figure out why. Not only will you find your rhythm better, you will find that you are running in the right pack.
I can't even deal with any more heartbreak. Tonight, former foster Leila crossed the bridge 😿😿 All of our hearts are broken in a million pieces. Leila had not been acting herself the past few days. This evening something was wrong, Leila was lethargic and almost "stroke like" Vickie called me and I told her where to take her. Bloodwork and X-rays showed FIP. It took over her little body too quickly. I am at a loss for words. There has been way too much heartbreak these past few weeks. I am sending all my love to Vickie and Brooklyn @2catzandadawg I know how much you both loved and adored Leila. I am forever grateful you gave her all the love she deserved during her short time on this earth. Run free beautiful Leila. You will NEVER be forgotten 💔💔 #heartbroken#kittens#runfree#rainbowbridge#fipsucks#foreverinourhearts#fosterkitten#youaresobeautiful#neverforget
We are so very #saddened to share that #King has crossed the #rainbowbridge .
King came into rescue in April of this year. His owner had recently passed away and the family member who inherited him kindly surrendered King to rescue, just grateful that King would get healthy and find a great family! King was in rough shape. He was severely underweight and had scars on his legs from extended time in a wire bottom crate. In his wellness exam the vet discovered that he also had an enlarged spleen that was nearly ready to rupture. King had emergency surgery to remove the spleen and be neutered.
King spent a total of 3 months in foster care, gaining weight and showing off his fun personality until the perfect family was found.
And boy did he ever find the perfect family!! Chris and Brenda were a #bulldogexperienced family looking for their next bulldog to love, and they especially wanted to help a dog in need. King spent several months with them, enjoying their #beach on #Whidbeyisland , #longwalks , and #playtime with a family member home much of the day. King was seriously living the good life!! Unfortunately the bliss was all too short. In October King became violently ill. Diagnostics eventually discovered #TCellLymphoma . King's new family did everything for him. He received several rounds of #chemo . On his good days in between rounds of chemo, they helped him fulfill a #doggybucketlist that included playing in snow, and a day at Greenlake. They gave him the best life possible, and when his body became too resistant to the chemo, they made the very humane decision to let him go. Chris and Brenda were even so kind to let King's foster parents say good bye.
King's Mom and Dad have this to share: "King came into our home in July and immediately made a huge impact. Straight away it was obvious he loved to play with his toys, and had a clear preference for yellow squeakair balls. He wanted to be friends with everyone and was truly grateful for every moment. His excitement for life was truly something special that we can only try to emulate.